Pet Urine And Carpet Padding

Carpet Padding Underlay

pet urine in carpet padding

When installing any carpet type, it Must have the right underlay pad under the actual carpet. Carpet padding has several benefits.

Pet Urine In Carpet Padding

Can pet urine cause mould under carpets?

While one or two pet urine incidents may not be a concern, a pattern of behaviour over weeks or months can cause the pet urine to soak through the carpet and into the carpet padding. However, if one or two accidents were cleaned up quickly and efficiently, then it may not be a concern. Repeatedly if pet stains or urine are not immediately and thoroughly flushed out, they can soak through your carpet into the carpet padding below.

The urine components attract moisture, and several varieties of mould can begin to grow underneath your carpet over time. That urine attracts water, and mould will start to grow under the rug over time. Some of these moulds, such as Penicillium, can produce respiratory symptoms, in contrast, others, such as Aspergillus, can develop long-term lung diseases if exposed to them for an extended period.

The Ammonia Pet Urine Odour

The most noticeable effect of animal pet urine in carpets is the strong ammonia smell. Once a pet urinates on a mat that’s not cleaned thoroughly – and immediately – the water in the pet’s urine evaporates, leaving behind even more concentrated ammonia. Thus, it can have a tremendous negative effect on people with COPD, asthma, or emphysema, and it may also cause allergies.

The Growth of Pet Urine Bacteria 

Most bacteria that grow in old pit stains are not particularly dangerous to anyone with a healthy immune system. However, it can become quite bothersome to some vulnerable people. The bacteria found in old pet urine stains may cause sinusitis. However, the smell of watery eyes, allergies, and airway inflammation, such as asthma, in people with compromised immune systems. Such as very young children, the elderly, or people with immune systems weakened by illness or medication; these bacteria can cause significant health issues.

Replacing a Pet Urine Contaminated or Rotting Subfloor

Finally, it is essential to consider the financial expense that animal urine can create. Your carpet underlay pad likely sits directly on your subfloor and may be made of wood. Over time, the pet urine soaks through your carpet and the carpet underlay padding below, then into the subfloor. The wood becomes saturated with repeated pet urine accidents and may even begin to rot. Removing your carpeting and replacing sections of your subfloor may be necessary to combat structural damage to your floors.

Pet Urine-Soaked Hardwood Floor

Suppose pet urine has soaked through the carpet, through the carpet padding, and onto hardwood subflooring. Then you are likely in for a massive headache. Over time, that subfloor becomes more saturated with the pet’s urine and rotates. Fixing the root problem may require removing the carpet and replacing the hardwood sections underneath. When we set out the rotting hardwood floor, it can:

  • It enhances the life of a carpet and gives it the coveted luxurious, lavish and soft feel.
  • It can improve the floor’s thermal insulation properties by retaining heat and warming the interiors.
  • Packaging allows more, removing more dirt from the carpet whenever vacuum cleaning carpet underlay gives you a cleaner home.
  • It can also reduce noise as it absorbs sound.
  • Maintenance costs are reduced when you have the appropriate carpet pad under your carpet.

Like carpets, carpet underlay pads are also available in various materials, densities, and thicknesses. Generally, a professional carpet dealer can educate you about the correct carpet padding. Steam n Dry Auckland is an expert training to BSR/IICRC certified standards and the AS/NZS 2455.1:2007Textile floor coverings – Installation practice – General.

Carpet Underlay Pad Types

  • Fibre carpet underlay pad: Fibre carpet pads are manufactured from jute, horsehair, camel hair, synthetic fibre or textile fibre. If selecting fibre carpet pads, buy one of the proper densities. In this category, spun nylon is recognised as the best.
  • Foam carpet underlay: Foam carpet underlay is manufactured of urethane foam and is available in different densities and thicknesses. Although the air under provides the cushioning, the carpet moves up and down excessively with the foam carpet padding. Therefore, it shortens its life. Not well suited for heavy traffic.
  • Frothed foam carpet underlay: Frothed foam carpet underlay pads are incredibly durable and fashionable. This carpet underlay is used beneath all rugs. Believe it or not, it prolongs the life of your carpet. Frothed foam carpet underlay is better than rebond, fibre, waffle rubber and prime foam.
  • Rebond carpet underlay padding: The Rebond Carpet Underlay pad is created from scraps of high-density foams bonded together. Even though sturdy, the chemicals used in making a rebond carpet pad can sometimes be harmful to particular carpets. Occasionally the off-gas released from the rebond carpet pad can yellow the carpet surface.
  • Slab rubber carpet underlay pad: Underlay padding is excellent for high-traffic areas. It also helps resist furniture indentation and even the crushing of rugs.
  • Waffle rubber carpet underlay padding: Although soft, it has clay-type binders used for binding rubber that can crack and wear out fast with use.

 Carpet Underlay and Carpet Padding

Prices of carpet underlay are determined by both density and thickness. One of the economical carpet pads is fibre, but the frothed carpet underlay padding is worth the money. It costs about the same as good quality slab rubber and lasts longer. Avoid purchasing carpet padding that is too soft or too thick. A carpet cushion that is too soft can’t endure heavy foot traffic.

The carpet cushion council recommends a carpet underlay with a minimum of 5 lbs. and 3/8 inch thickness for light traffic, just like your living room and a rug underlay padding of 6.5 lbs. and 3/8 inch for heavy traffic, such as corridors. It is better never to exceed ½ inch. A ½ carpet offers an adequate cushion. Allows carpet to hold onto the walls’ tack strip. Additionally, placing a quality cushion under your new rug is often your warranty condition.

A few retailers market carpet underlay padding along with the carpets. However, checking the material, density, and thickness is always good. An incorrect choice of carpet pad can considerably shorten the life of your carpet. Make an educated decision about buying a suitable carpet pad when installing your carpet.

Carpet Padding Methods

Steam ‘n’ Dry Auckland Carpet Cleaning begins by removing all loose soil in the carpet using a powerful dry vacuum system. We then lightly spray Auckland Carpet Cleaning only cleaning solution onto the carpet. Superior truck-mounted equipment services remove more soil, dirt, viruses, germs and allergens in South Auckland, North Shore, East, and West Auckland. This solution is a mild cleaning solution. Thus, it immediately penetrates each carpet fibre and breaks up the dirt.

Steam ‘n’ Dry Auckland Carpet Cleaning, superior truck-mounted equipment services, removes more soil dirt viruses, germs and allergens in South Auckland, North Shore, East, and West Auckland.

Next, the Steam n Dry Auckland Carpet Cleaning service grooms the carpet fibres in one direction. The carpet will be dry in less than an hour after we finish. The carpet pile will stand up like it did when it was new. It will look healthy and freshly clean.

Our Carpet Cleaning Includes

  • Firm estimate with no hidden charges
  • Convenient, on-time appointments
  • Specially trained technicians
  • We move most furniture
  • Stain Removal
  • Carpet Deodourant
  • A stain-resistant protective coating is available
  • Backed by Auckland Carpet Cleaning’s unique 100% satisfaction guarantee

Auckland Steam N Dry Owner Graeme Stephens wrote this article. An IICRC Master Restoration Technician in 2001, with over 35 years of upholstery and carpet cleaning services experience throughout Auckland.

Updated Last: 10 May 2024