Carpets, rugs and upholstery are usually the prime concerns homeowners have for pet accidents, but the pet accidents need just as much concern on hard surface floors. Most understand that when it comes to our furry friends, we need to have patience as they learn the ropes, but even the isolated incident can be an issue for your tile and grout flooring, and chronic accidents all the more. We at Silver State Floor Restoration would like to further elaborate on the pet accidents that occur on the tile and grout.
Clean Dog & Cat Urine Stains Right Away
Due to the rather porous nature of grout, and even tile to a certain extent, 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. If the pet accidents are not immediately addressed the tile can be potentially stained, damage, and develop odors.
pH Level of Urine
With pH levels of about 6, as urine dries, the pH rises, and can reach levels up to 10 – 12 on the scale. The color of the grout can be altered as the pH rises with the effect of the oxidation reaction to the surface. The pet stains can become permanent if left to dry for extended periods of time, and the damage that develops irreversible if pet accidents are not immediately cleaned. DIY grout and tile deep cleaning methods are not effective when removing the pet stains, a professional is needed. With professional cleaning and sealants, the grout and tile can be better protected and cleaned from pet accidents as well as the daily grit, grim, and moisture buildup.
Can Dog & Cat Pee Ruin Tile Floors?
Also, pet accidents such as urine, feces, and vomit of acidic content contribute to etching on tile and grout surfaces. Crumbling if not properly rectified are inevitable when etching starts the problematic cracks will eventually crumble. Should the etching become too severe due to the pet accidents, the floor might even have to be re-grouted.
Health Hazards of Pet Urine
There are more concerns from pet accidents than the potential staining, odors, and damage that can occur and that is the health effects. The pet accidents will contain a number of germs and bacteria that with thrive and spread as the grout harbors them. The tile and grout need to be efficiently disinfected in order to eliminate the bacteria and sparing exposure to you, your family, and your pets. Ensure your cleaner is able to sanitize, deodorize, as well as remove any potential staining when you treat the pet accidents.
Seal Grout on Tile Floor
For the most tile and grout, experts will recommend the use of sealants. Whether the stone of the tile is manmade or natural, the sealants act as a barrier to help the porosity resist absorption. Over time, cleaning, and normal wear, the sealants do dissipate and need fresh coats applied. They need to be applied over deep cleaned floors. Every 6-12 months be sure to schedule a deep cleaning and sealant services for your tile and grout.