Damaged Carpet DisposalThe first thing you need to do is to assess how much damage was done. In most instances, it will be present in most or all of the rooms in the home. If the flooring is carpet, that’s certainly good news, and, if it’s tile, that will be easier to clean. However, if it’s carpet or hardwood, it’s likely to have found its way to the subfloor.
Pet urine in the carpet not only leaves an unsightly stain and an unpleasant odor, but it penetrates the fibers and contaminates both the carpet and the floor underneath. That’s why it can require major restoration work, well beyond just a simple cleaning and treating. The longer an incident goes untreated, the more likely the urine odor is to permeate deeper and deeper into floors, walls and even the framework and foundation of the home. As the urine dries, the liquid evaporates but the urine crystals become even more concentrated and pungent. —ChemDryIf there is actual pet damage to the flooring, be it carpet or hardwood, you’ll need to remove it. Plus, you’ll have to put a good deal of elbow grease into the subfloor. This is necessary because pet damage typically seeps into the subfloor.
DIY Pet Damage Clean Up Guide for Melbourne Property OwnersPet stains have lingering odors and you can’t simply put new flooring over damage done to a subfloor. The way to deal with these stains is to follow these steps:
- Apply an odor blocking resin to the stains. Rather than bleach, go with an odor-blocking resin. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Or, if you prefer bleach, you can go that route. But either way, don’t overdo it and use fans to speed-up the drying process.
- Clean the entire subfloor. Next, use dish soap to clean up the subfloor and disinfect it further. Use a clean mop and bucket and allow it to dry out overnight.
- Install new flooring. You can then install carpet or hardwood. Depending on your budget and location, carpet will likely be the best choice. Choose one that’s very durable and has a good longevity to make it worthwhile.