Dog Urine Concrete

dog urine concreteI am going to answer a question that was posted for me a little while ago. It is to do with the white powder or residue left from dog urine on concrete. This white powder many times is visible on concrete and not visible in other situations. It could be present but not visible on carpet for example. If the residue is heavy you will see it on carpet also. The question left for me was this:

“There are many white stains on our concrete path from my dogs urine. Is this white reaction  from the concrete or a stomach problem.

The reaction is neither a stomach problem or a reaction to the concrete but a condition created from the urine. When urine leaves the body human or mammal it is slightly acid (or acidic on the ph scale). The urine begins to change as soon as it leaves the body. Uric acid in the dogs urine is broken down into ammonia and carbon dioxide. The ammonia is high alkaline on the ph scale. The reaction from the acidic urine and the ammonia creates alkaline salt crystals. This is the white residue left on the concrete from the dogs urine. A good acid pretreatment wash will neutralize the alkaline salt crystals (white residue). Once neutralized it wash’s off easily with water or another neutral cleaner. If the urine has penetrated deeply into the concrete you may want to use an enzyme digester or oxidation product to deal with any smell or other residue. But the acid cleaner will remove the alkaline salts (white residue) left from the dog urine on the concrete.

Neutralize Dog Urine

There are several types of chemicals used to effectively neutralize dog urine. I will give a brief description of four of them. I go into more depth about them here. First with dog urine you are dealing with a  stain issue and a smell or odor issue and a contamination issue. Some of the chemicals deal with all three problems and others deal with only one or two of them. Enzyme products are popular and effective at neutralizing dog urine if you get a good one and use it correctly. Enzyme products digest the urine molecules or residue. Neutralization products neutralize dog urine as a result of unique molecular structure it absorbs, binds to and counteracts odors. These work immediately on contact. Encapsulation products surround and seal off the offensive odor molecules eliminating the odor problem. Finally oxidation products neutralize dog urine through the cleaning and deodorizing power of natural oxygen. With each of these it is important to get a good quality product and use it as directed. Many times people are hoping to be able to just spray a little on the surface of the contaminated area and have it neutralize the dog urine.With each of these type products they have to come n contact the urine molecules in sufficient quantity to work. Any part of the urine they do not contact will not be eliminated. Enzyme products have to be in contact and kept moist for long enough for it to digestthe offensive urine residue. Get a good one use it properly and you will neutralize the dog urine.

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October 29, 2009
– The answer is yes. There are several. One basic concept in accomplishing this is first clean out all urine residue (fresh or old) that you can. Second treat the remaining urine with one of the chemicals that will change the urine residue on a molecular level rendering it harmless and odorless. You need to assess how extensive your own damage is to make a good decision on whether cleaning or replacing is better for you. goes into detail.

Outdoor Dog Urine

outdoor dog urineI have come across two main complaints regarding outdoor dog urine. By far the most common is the damage caused to grass from the dog urine. The other is the smell from the urine. Usually the smell dissipates and is not a problem in the outdoors. There are exceptions to this. For example I heard of a case where two large dogs were kept in a run almost continually and the urine in the run was never cleaned up. This build up began to smell and when the wind was blowing towards the neighbors it carried the urine smell into there yard and was a considerable nuisance. The damage to grass is the more common outdoor dog urine problem. The best solution is an all natural lawn repair product that is safe for you, your pet and the environment. Designed to prevent and repair lawn damage caused by dog urine.

Dog Urine Solutions October 23, 2009

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October 23, 2009
– I have 3 initial thoughts. The first is this seems to me to be a huge overreaction by all parties involved. Second: Don’t let your dog pee on other peoples property. Third: Many city’s have ordinances making it illegal for your dog to urinate in a neighbors yard.

Dog Urine Yellow

I am finding that some people search for the term dog urine yellow. I am not sure what they (you) are looking for but I decided to throw out one possible answer to that search. If you are wondering what makes dog urine yellow it is at least in part the Urochrome. Urochrome is yellow pigment in the urine. The color of the dogs urine will change depending on diet and whether the dog is sick or not. Other factors can also affect it.  You can see my post that talks more about the make up of dog urine including why it is yellow.

Dog Urine Cleaning

Honorable Judge Woof Woof presiding.There are two actions I am going to discuss briefly, involved in dog urine cleaning. One is the action of actually extracting (removing) the urine. The other action is a chemical action or reaction that happens when the correct chemicals come in contact with the urine or urine residue. The process of removing the urine can be done with extraction (vacuuming it up or out) or absorption (absorbing it into a cloth or paper towel etc.). If you add a little water to this step as you do it you will get a rinsing action that helps clean more of the dog urine out. It is always more effective when you include this process of removing as much dog urine residue as possible first. Then apply the chemicals that will create a molecular change and go to work on the remainder of the residue still left in the your carpet or mattress for example. These chemicals, and there are several type that work, need to contact the urine residue to work on it and change it. Molecule for molecule exchange it is called by some. Or other chemicals that digest the residue. If you are cleaning tile, hardwood, vinyl etc. it is much easier and quicker to extract or absorb and be able to remove almost all of the dog urine. But if you are cleaning carpet, upholstery, a mattress or another absorbent surface you will want to consider including  the extraction step. Not all chemical dealers include this step in their instructions or recommendation. Some will say just apply the chemical and let it do the job. This will work but it is much more successful on light urine contamination. To summerize you can remove urine with only a chemical reaction. Depending on your situation you may need to use a combination of both actions for your dog urine cleaning. If you use only chemicals on a heavy urine spot you will have to soak the spot thoroughly and it is then a good idea to remove the chemicals. So you are back to extracting or absorbing to remove the excess chemical residue. On a light contamination situation you do not need to soak the area as heavy and the chemicals will evaporate. This way you can accomplish the results without extraction.  Although with some products you will find a sticky chemical residue left behind.

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