The prime concerns homeowners have for pet accidents are usually carpets, upholstery and perhaps hardwood floors. However, pet accidents need just as much concern on other hard surface floors too. We need to have patience as out pets learn the ropes and most understand this when it comes to our furry friends. Unfortunately, on your tile and grout flooring, chronic accidents all the more can have been an issue, as well as even those isolated incidents. With this in mind, we at Silver State Floor Restoration would like to continue discussing pet accidents on tile and grout.
Does Tile & Grout Absorb Urine?
The grout especially is susceptible to absorbing pet stains and all the more if the grout or tile is affected by even the smallest amount of damage, due to the rather porous nature of grout, and even tile to a certain extent. The tile can be potentially stained, damage, and develop odors if the pet accidents are not immediately addressed. As urine dries, the pH rises, and can reach levels up to 10 – 12 on the scale, though pH levels are usually about 6. As the pH rises with the effect of the oxidation reaction to the surface, the color of the grout can be altered.
Is Professional Tile & Grout Cleaning Worth It?
If pet accidents are not immediately cleaned, the pet stains can become permanent if left to dry for extended periods of time, and the damage that develops is irreversible. A professional is needed when DIY grout and tile cleaning methods are not effective when removing pet stains. The grout and tile can be better protected and cleaned from pet accidents as well as the daily grit, grime, and moisture buildup with professional cleaning and sealants. Contributing to etching on tile and grout surface, pet accidents such as urine, feces, and vomit have acidic content as well. When etching starts, 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 You Get Sick from Animal Urine?
Pet accidents have the potential for staining, odors, and damage that can occur as well as negative health effects. The grout harbors germs and bacteria, since pet accidents contain a number of contaminates that thread and spread. 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.
Seal Tile & Grout Floors
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, whether the stone of the tile is manmade or natural. The sealants do dissipate and need fresh coats applied over time, cleaning, and normal wear. Over deep cleaned floors, they need to be applied. Schedule a deep cleaning and sealant services for your tile and grout, every 6-12 months.