Pet urine is utterly repulsive on the best of days, and particularly embarrassing when having guests around – especially if it’s a dinner party!
You know your cat or dog has sprayed/urinated in the house somewhere, but can’t seem to find the evidence.
You’ve got your PeeDar – now there is NO NEED to slowly crawl around your house on your hands and knees feeling the ground for wet patches, looking for feint discolorations and sniffing the air for something disgusting. Just follow UES’s fail-safe procedure below for fast and easy pet stain detection!
- Plan Ahead – book time in the evening, or early morning, before daylight to begin your search for urine patches. Failing this, book time during the day if you are able properly black out each room you search.
- Wear Comfortable Clothes – walking and bending over to examine stains should not be difficult.
- Take Small & Lightweight Markers (e.g. Post-it notes, or failing that pieces of paper) that you can leave on each stain around the house that you find. This enables you to easily comeback when you’re ready.
- Add Batteries – ensure your brand new PeeDar has been filled with 3 fully charged regular AAA batteries.
- Start Where It’s Darkest – Aim to start your urine hunt at one end of the house, methodically and carefully moving through the whole of the house. If you’re searching during the day, start off in the darkest corner of the house to give you the best chance of seeing fluorescence e.g. basement, rooms with smaller windows etc.
- Don’t Waste Time, Move Efficiently -In each room hold the PeeDar approximately 2-3 feet from the carpet, and slowly walk (roughly half the average walking pace) along the length of the room moving the torch from left to right just in front of your feet. When commencing searching you’ll likely be right next to walls, so shine the torch up to your pet’s maximum height on the wall (and over anything adjacent to it such as curtains) as you move along the floor. When you’ve reached the end of the room, continue this searching process on the next approximately shoulder-width strip of the floor bordering the area you’ve just covered. Your movements will likely closely resemble that of someone mowing the lawn!
- Examine Fluorescence – If you notice any contrasting fluorescence, stop and take a closer look at it, and if you can bear it, sniff the air for any telltale pet urine smells (typically rancid and strongly ammonia-like). You may also want to move the torch closer to draw out more fluorescence. We’ve generally found that no closer than approximately half a foot works best for the maximum useful fluorescence. Cat and dog pee can often cover a wide area (2-3 foot or more) and so standing back a little, as well as moving the torch 1-2 foot away can help you to distinguish larger feint staining patterns. Additionally, don’t just search the walls and floor, animals such as cats can be very inventive with where they urinate, so be sure to examine anything they could realistically climb on e.g. cupboards, bookcases, under the sofa, behind the TV etc.
- Mark Suspect Areas – If you find an area that looks like a stain, put down markers so that they completely cover the suspect area, then resume your search. Typically you will find only “dried” pee stains, since liquid urine is unable to fluoresce much at all. Moisture detectors are better at detecting fresh urine stains, which by their very nature are usually visible and felt through touch anyway. Dried pee stains fluoresce brighter due to a more solid, crystalline molecular composition and are typically light green for cats, and light yellow for dogs – but these colors can vary depending upon the breed/species/diet/age/general health etc of the animal. If you’re just after urine stain eradication, ignore other stains of different colors e.g. detergents that often fluoresce as a much more vibrant light blue/violet white. Old stains (3+ months) can be faded in appearance under UV when compared to recent stains. Additionally, with thick fabrics such as carpets most stains can’t be 100% removed, and so although not smelling may always appear as a very feint fluorescing glow.
If you’ve followed our advice above,you can pat yourself on the back for a job well done! You’ve found all the stains to eradicate in a few easy steps. Have a good rest, before the next step – complete stain removal (in a supporting blog post coming shortly)!
Urine Eradication Systems Team