Now that summer is here, we get to tons of calls with concerns of pet odors and different types of wired smells.
So we thought is be helpful to provide you with some tips on how to find urine odor in you carpets.
Before urine can be treated, the urine must be found. An odor cannot be removed unless the source of the odor is removed. The Main tools for detecting urine are as followed:
1. Nose- Whether the nose is yours or a customer's or a service provider's it is usually the first tool that is used to indicate that there is an odor problem. Getting on your hands and knees and sticking your nose in the carpet is a fairly effective way of locating areas of urine. This method does however have some definite drawbacks.
2. Moisture Detector- As mentioned previously, the urine salts attract and hold moisture. A better quality moisture detector is a very effective way of finding urine deposits from surface of the carpet. The disadvantage with this method is the possibility you may miss an affected area. If you do not test in a particular area you cannot know if urine is there.
3. Fluorescent Light- Urine residue will fluoresce or glow under UV light. Ultraviolet lights in several intensities are available to help you locate urine deposits. Low powered UV lights must be held very close to the carpet in a dark room. Medium intensity lights can work from a few feet away. High powered lights can quickly be used to check a carpet from several feet away. All UV lights work best in a dark room but this is not as critical when using a more powerful light. When necessary, black plastic sheeting can be used to cover windows. Another option is for the technician to drape a sheet or dark blanket over himself while he is making the inspection. LED flashlights that emit UV light offer a good value in the power and added convenience.
4. Backing Stains- A positive method of detecting urine is to pull the back and inspect the back for stains. The stains will be most apparent on jute backings, but can be detected on the synthetic backs as well. The disadvantage is the time and effort to pull the carpet up. If however you are doing a complete job you will be treating and cleaning the back anyway. If you, or the customer is not overly bothered by the odor and may just want surface treatment then this is not the best method for detection.
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