Black Light Inspections: Why You Should Always Have One Done Before Renting or Buying a Home

May 9, 2024

Have you ever walked into a home you are looking to rent or purchase and were instantly overwhelmed by different smells? Whether it was the scent of a candle, wall plug-in, or any other deodorizer, there is a chance the owners were trying to mask a smell that was permeating from their carpet. As a professional carpet cleaner in Colorado Springs, we know how common it is for homeowners to have odors trapped in their carpets. Oftentimes, these odors are caused from their pets’ urine stains. These stains are one of the primary reasons for a black light inspection.

What Are Black Lights And How Do They Work?

Black lights have a purple tint when turned on, but most of the light being emitted is Ultraviolet (UV) light. These lights make white (or lighter colored) objects glow. The glowing is a phosphor, which is a substance that emits light in response to some sort of radiation (in this case, the UV light). So, when you shine a black light on the carpet, the UV light emitted reacts with the external phosphors, making them glow.

Why Get A Black Light Inspection

As you may have guessed, black lights make the external phosphors on your carpet glow. This is beneficial because it allows you to see any stains that weren’t visible with regular light. Unfortunately, some carpets aren’t as clean as they appear, but getting a black light inspection helps you find out what is really going on. Some of the most common stains you’ll find include:

  • Pet urine (glows green)
  • Neutralized pet urine (glows blue)
  • Soap residue, milk, or other organic substances (glows white)

How to Get A Black Light Inspection Done

To get a black light inspection done you have a couple of options:

  1. If you are buying a home, ask your home inspector
  2. Purchase your own black light
  3. Hire a professional carpet cleaner that offers this service

How Hydro Clean Carpet Cleaning Can Help

Do you want peace of mind regarding the cleanliness of your carpet in your new place? As a professional carpet cleaner, Hydro Clean Carpet Cleaning has lots of experience with hidden stains. Whether you’re a buyer, seller, renter, realtor or property manager, we would be happy to give you a free black light inspection. Contact us today with any questions!