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Urine & Feces

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Dogs and cats may be our best friends, but not necessarily the best friends of our carpeting, draperies, and upholstery. Neglected animal stains have been a problem ever since people and animals bonded together in companionship.

When urine and feces come in contact with carpet or upholstery fibers, temporary or permanent chemical reactions, color changes, bleeding and migration, damage, and odors can occur immediately or over a long period of time.

Immediate Actions

  • Absorb as much liquid as possible
  • Treat the area with standard detergent solution (see below)
  • Absorb this into white or color-fast absorbent material
  • Blot area with the standard ammonia solution (see below)
  • Again use absorbent material
  • Blot area with the standard vinegar solution (see below)
  • Again use absorbent material until as dry as possible
  • Place several dry white terry cloth towels or appropriate absorbent material over area and weigh down   remaining moisture and residue will wick up into material
  • Allow to dry a minimum of six hours

Ultimate Actions

  • Clean and treat using an IICRC Certified professional cleaning expert
  • The IICRC professional uses industry recommended knowledge, procedures and solutions
  • MAXIM is an IICRC Certified Firm and all its technicians are IICRC Certified professional cleaning experts

STANDARD SOLUTIONS: Test solutions first by applying small amount in an inconspicuous area to determine effect on fiber and dye. Wait thirty minutes to an hour to see if color changes or other problems arise.

  • Standard white vinegar solution: one part white vinegar to two parts water
  • Standard ammonia solution: one tablespoon clear or sudsy, uncolored household ammonia in one cup of water
  • Standard detergent solution: one teaspoon neutral bleach-free white of colorless detergent in cup of lukewarm water

WORDS OF CAUTION: Some over the counter spot lifters, cleaners, disinfectants and solutions that are supposed to address “pet memories” (urine, feces, vomit, fur balls, etc.) may cause discoloration of carpet or textile furnishings. They may even change the cleanable “spot” into a permanent “stain”. Learn more about spots and stains by clicking here.

Mention this article and receive a FREE complimentary bottle of MAXIM’s HomePRO carpet and upholstery spot lifter. It’s the safest, gentlest and most effective product you can use with trust and confidence. MAXIM offers professional carpet cleaning services throughout the Omaha and Council Bluffs regions.



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