Steam Sweepers LLC understands that our four-legged members of the family are precious and loved , despite the occasional frustrations we have because of accidents and surprises. When pet stains, pet odor, or pet urine leaves our carpet soiled and contaminated how do we reconcile? We are certified for odor removal through the IICRC.
The answer, call Steam Sweepers!
Replacing carpets generally is not a cost effective option for most families. Steam Sweepers has the expertise to provide a solution that best fits customer expectations and budget for pet odor removal. A black light and probe inspection will determine if pet urine has penetrated the carpets backing and padding. Our inspection results, as well as your expectation and budget will determine which method to proceed with.
Four common procedures for addressing pet odor removal.
Pull up your carpet, remove the affected pad, clean and seal the sub-floor, seal the carpet backing, treat carpet fibers and replace the carpet pad. Then we re-install the carpet and proceed with a professional carpet cleaning. This is a very effective method, but also an extremely expensive one.
We pour, spray, or inject special enzymes onto the carpet fibers and possibly into the carpet padding as well. When the enzymes make contact with the odor source, urine solids begin to break down and help with odor control. This method can be effective if the pet urine hasn’t seeped into the carpet backing.
Truck Mount Steam Cleaning. Although it’s the best method for deep carpet cleaning, steam cleaning carpets will not remove pet urine or odors from the carpet backing, padding, or sub-floor. Having your carpets cleaned before removing the pet urine may very well aggravate the problem. A deodorizer can be applied during any carpet cleaning process, although this only masks the odor and will not remove the source. If the odor source is caused by animal dander and body oils only, a Truck Mounted carpet steam cleaning may very well solve the odor issues.
Sub-surface extraction. This is the preferred method of Steam Sweepers for dealing with stubborn pet stains and pet odors. It allows us to utilize our powerful state-of-the-art Truck-Mount system and subsurface extractor, the “Water Claw”. This is a very effective remediation of pet odor and urine stains. Dollar for dollar, this is the most cost effective method to achieve proven results.
What is Sub-surface extraction, and how does it work?
Using specialty equipment such as UV lighting (pet urine has a fluorescent glow under UV light), and moisture probes, Steam Sweepers locates and marks all contaminated areas for treatment. Once completed, we prepare a specifically designed solution for pet odor removal. Complete saturation of the affected areas allow the liquid solution to flow through the carpet fibers while seeping deep into the carpet’s backing, padding and sub-floor, reaching the entire odor source. The solution re hydrates, emulsifies and breaks down pet urine solids in preparation for extraction and fresh water rinsing. Technicians use the Water Claw, a specialty tool, designed to flush out the solution and animal waste from your carpets to a holding tank out side into our van. This method provides a 90% success rate for pet odor removal.
What about area rug odors and pet urine?
Cleaning fine Oriental and specialty rugs require a special total immersion washing process for pet odor removal. This procedure can be accomplished in Steam Sweepers’ Oriental and Specialty Rug Cleaning Facility. We are the only total immersion facility in Bellingham and Whatcom County operated by a certified Rug Cleaning expert. We guarantee pet odor removal when we use the immersion washing process on Oriental rugs.