Usually, the prime concerns homeowners have for pet accidents is carpeted surfaces. However, the hard surface floors, such as tile and grout should also be a concern where pet accidents are involved. When it comes to our furry friends, most people know that patience is a must as they learn the ropes. It is also important to realize an isolated incident can be an issue for your tile and grout flooring, and chronic accidents all the more. With this in mind, we at Silver State Floor Restoration would like to offer tips when there are pet accidents on the tile and grout.
What Does the High pH Level in Urine Mean for Your Tile & Grout?
The grout especially is susceptible to absorbing pet stains due to the rather porous nature of grout and all the more if the grout or tile is affected by even the smallest amount of damage. The tile can be potentially stained, damage, and develop odors if the pet accidents are not immediately treated. The urine’s pH levels are about 6, but as it dries the pH rises, and levels up to 10 – 12 on the scale can be reached. Also, as the pH rises with the effect of the oxidation reaction to the surface, the color of the grout can be altered. If left to dry for extended periods of time, the pet stains can become permanent, and if pet accidents are not immediately cleaned, irreversible damage can occur. When removing the pet stains, DIY grout and tile deep cleaning methods are not completely effective, so a professional is needed. The grout and tile can be better protected and cleaned from pet accidents as well as the daily grit, grim, and moisture buildup, through professional deep cleaning and maintenance services. Additionally, there is acidic content in pet accidents such as urine, feces, and vomit that contributes to etching on tile and grout surfaces. When etching start the problematic cracks will eventually crumble, crumbling if not properly rectified are inevitable. The floor might even have to be re-grouted should the etching become too severe due to the pet accidents.
Can Breathing in Dog & Cat Urine Harm You & Make Your Sick?
The potential staining, odors, and damage that can occur is not the limit to dealing with pet accidents on tile and grout. The pet accident can also impact your health. A number of germs and bacteria are contained in pet accidents, and these microbes thrive and spread as the grout harbors them. In order to eliminate the bacteria and sparing exposure to you, your family, and your pets, the tile and grout need to be efficiently disinfected. When you treat the pet accidents, ensure your cleaner is able to sanitize, deodorize, as well as remove any potential staining.
Sealing Helps Protect Tile from Dog Pee
Experts will recommend the use of sealants for the most tile and grout. The sealants act as a barrier to help the porosity resist absorption, no matter if the stone of the tile is manmade or natural. The sealants do dissipate and need fresh coats applied over time, cleaning, and normal wear. Be sure to schedule a deep cleaning and sealant services for your tile and grout every 6-12 months.