• Every now and then we get a call from a customer that has shampooed their carpet, and now has a urine smell that wasn’t present prior to the cleaning. This is a frustrating situation for homeowners without pets, or who didn’t smell urine prior to cleaning.

    Why does it smell now?

    Urine has a unique way of hiding. Carpets that have dried urine don’t always smell because the concentration wasn’t high prior to cleaning, or has been in the carpet long enough to air out. However, when water hits the carpet two things happen. First, the bacteria and ammonia in the urine reactivate. Second, the water causes the urine to spread out further. If the shampooing chemicals did not include products designed to treat for urine, or the wrong amount of such a product was used, it can actually make the situation worse than it was prior to cleaning.

    How to get the odor out.

    To get the odor out you must treat for it. Just like laundry, carpet is a fabric, and sometimes additional products are needed to remove odors. With urine problems you need something stronger, that is designed to kill the bacteria and break down the ammonia. Once the urine has spread out treating it yourself is very difficult. You must treat everywhere the urine has spread to.

    How do you find the spots?

    In order to best treat the urine you must know where the smell is coming from. One of the best ways to find the areas that have been effected is with a black light. Black lights are fantastic for highlighting any biological items on carpet and walls. (We also recommend you check your walls with the black light and wash them down with a mixture of half and half white distilled vinegar and water if anything shows up. )

    Once you have located the problem areas you must use a product the right products. We recommend a product called Mister Max Anti-icky-poo(Link for purchase below). It is a high quality enzyme based product, that is safe, and biodegradable.

    Here are the links where you can find both the Anti-icky-poo and the black light on Amazon. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

    Treating for urine odor can get expensive even when you are doing it yourself. Hiring a professional cleaner will give you the best chances for fast effective results.

    Pristine Carpet Cleaning offers odor treatments that are guaranteed. If you would like more information on our odor treatments, and costs please check out our pet odor removal page. Our treatments will also work for human urine, which is sometimes an issue as well.

    Ready to remove the odor? Schedule now, by using our online booking platform.

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    I recently brought a house and after we shampooed the carpet now we can smell urine

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