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.

Pet Urine Stain Carpet

Repair Or Replace?

A few years ago I was asked to repair, decontaminate or restore a carpet in a bed room that had extensive pet urine damage through it. It was a room that had been used by the pet as a bathroom. It was an expensive piece of carpet for the time. The owners wanted it cleaned and treated to remove the smell. We were lucky in one respect in that it had very few stains, and the stains that were on it were not very visible which is common with urine. The smell however was terrible. To the point it was hard to work around. We took the carpet up and removed the pad under the carpet. The pad we threw away with the intent to replace it with new. When we examined the back of the carpet it was hard to find a spot that was not stained from the dog urine. The urine had soaked through the carpet and pad and into the floor. It was also in the baseboards and tack strip and slightly up the wall on the sheetrock. After getting the carpet and pad out and airing the room out the smell was much improved. But we also cleaned the contaminated surfaces and treated them with a commercial odor eliminating chemical. The carpet we took into the shop and thoroughly steam cleaned it front and back several times. The stains that were on the surface cleaned out easily. We then treated it with the same odor eliminating chemicals that we used in the room. We applied enough of the chemical so it was wet from front to back and we kept it wet for 24 hours which is what was recommended by the chemical manufacturer. We repeated the odor treatment a couple times. We hung the carpet up to dry between each treatment. We tested between to see if the urine smell was gone. When it got to the point that it was hard to detect the odor we returned it to the homeowners. They were thrilled. Couldn’t have been happier with the results until they saw the bill. Sometimes it is better to replace than to repair. Each person needs to decide for themselves at what point it is better for them to replace instead of repair. This will also depend on the equipment and chemicals they have available to them to accomplish the task at hand.  You need to assess the best you can the extent of the damage you have so you can make a good decision for yourself.

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.

Dog Urine Solutions October 30, 2009

    • Is There A Rug-cleaning System That Will Remove *Dog Urine* Stains *…*

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

    • Scientist Arrested After Dispute Sparked by *Dog Urine*

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.

Neutralize Dog Urine Grass

grass dog urineNeutralize dog urine in or on grass. There are three items experts say you need to deal with when neutralizing dog urine damage on grass. Some say it is the acid in the urine that harms the grass. Some say it is the excess nitrogen in the urine. And I recently read an article explaining it is the salts in the urine. Some of the solutions to correct the problem are to water the exact area soon after the dog urinates. This will dilute the urine and which ever ingredient in the urine that is causing the grass to die will not be concentrated enough to do any damage. This sounds like a  good solution but my problem with it is I am not going to follow my dog around waiting for her to do her business so I can then dilute it with enough water to fix the problem. I refuse to do that. Sorry! Another solution is to feed your dog supplements (pills, wafers, treats,) that change the makeup of the urine in your dog so it no longer damages the grass. The supplements come in many forms and some come with a product (paint type product) that you spray on the grass to turn it green. The grass now looks good while the supplements have time to take effect and give the grass the chance to grow back. It is a cover up until the grass grows back. This might also be a good solution but my disagreement with it, is the possible negative health issues to my dog. There is also the solution of re-planting new grass. Sometimes this will be necessary. What I have been looking for and have now found a  natural product that you put on the grass that treats the soil and counteracts all three effects of the dog urine on it. I am now working on making it available to you.

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.