During a service call for carpet cleaning I encountered an interesting product NOT to use,
Woolite Pet Stain and Odor Remover Plus Oxy
Initially my customer told me there were pet stains or urine spots on the carpet and I should take a look. When I saw the floor myself I realized that one of two things was happening. The first one is that the oils from the urine are attracting dirt and causing lots of soil to stick to the carpet. The other second most likely cause, my customer was using a spot cleaner on the areas. When I inquired about the situation, the truth came out. They had been using Woolite products to “spot clean” after the pets but didn’t realize it was only making things worse.
The detail that told me these dark rings were from a cleaning product was the fact that I couldn’t see any yellow staining from the urine. In most urine cases from pets, yellow staining is present. It’s dead giveaway and will be visible to some degree. Also, a Woolite bottle sitting near the area and an empty one not far gives it away.
So in this case as a professional I made my client an offer to clean for urine which he wanted, no doubt. During my urine cleaning process, I steam clean over the carpet fibers twice. This means that each area will be flushed with hot water and sucked out of the carpet very thoroughly. The flushing is what will rinse out the urine, the sticky residue, and all the cleaning detergents I will apply to disperse the urine.
Starting with a really dark, nasty, spotted carpet, I was able to remove the heavy collections of soil, urine, and cleaning treatments. This left the carpet looking extremely refreshed and my client was very pleased.
I take note of events like this so that I may be able to help guide clients in my future. The more I know about products on the market, the more I can help solve problems in my future. We never stop learning, even in the carpet cleaning industry.
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