What’s That Smell?!
September 11, 2012
Working for a carpet cleaner I hear a lot of interesting stories from our customers. Smells in carpets are one of the biggest complaints that come through. Spilled milk, smoke and vomit are some of the top culprits. However, although it may not always seem polite to talk about, urine is by far the leading offender. Whether it be from pets, children or elderly parents, accidents happen. Left untreated, those accidents can become quite malodorous.
There is endless advice out there for getting odor out of your carpets: from baking soda to vinegar to special products. The variety of products out there is infinite. As are the varieties of cleaning methods. Let me give you an example of how we do it here at Aaron’s Quality Cleaners.
With urine, for example, if you know where the smell is coming from, or if the stain is visible, then we thoroughly treat the area with an excellent enzyme spray that has proven to work the best for us throughout the years. If the location is unknown, then we darken the room and use a special, powerful, ultra violet light to find the guilty party. Different odors call for different products, so knowing the source is extremely helpful.
Sometimes urine has seeped past the carpet and into the pad beneath. In these cases we may use a syringe to inject the enzymatic product past the carpet and into the pad itself. Although often called a deodorizer, these enzymes do not cover the smell, but actually eat away at the offending bacteria creating the odor until there is nothing left. Pet odors can be especially tricky and will sometimes require more than one treatment.
If you have a male cat you may have even bigger problems. I’m sorry, but they don’t have good manners and will urinate on the walls. As sick as this sounds, we’ve seen urine up to 6 feet high on walls before! Those odors will continue to create a bad smell until they are washed off the walls or painted over with an odor-barrier paint. Clearly, these situations require more than just carpet cleaning. And without question, dog urine is easier to deodorize that cat urine.
However, when odors in the carpet are treated, the carpets are then cleaned with our amazing rotary extractor. It scrubs the fibers at a rate of 650 times per minute. We finish by rinsing with extremely hot water and then extracting it all out. Presto! No more yucky aromas drifting up from your carpets!
Sometimes, however, the urine problem may be so significant that deodorizing the carpet and pad is not sufficient. In that case we will recommend carpet and pad replacement and sealing the sub floor with an odor barrier paint. When you call, whatever the issue is, you will always receive an honest opinion about what we feel your best option most likely is.
So the next time Fido has an accident, there’s no need to fret! You know who to call, the best carpet cleaner in Fresno!
Julie Rosenfeld serves as an Administrative Assistant for Aaron’s Quality Cleaners, a carpet-cleaning company that services the Fresno and Clovis (CA) areas. She is the author of “Julie’s Corner” and provides information and perspective on topics related to the carpet-cleaning industry.
Aaron’s Quality Cleaners cleans carpet, tile, aggregate and upholstery in Fresno, Clovis, Madera and Sanger California