Make no mistake; we truly love our pets. What we don’t love are their odors or tendency to defecate to mark their territory. We’re also dismayed when litter box training isn’t going well, and periodic stains show up on our carpet.
If you start to notice these smells from your four-legged friends affecting your home, consider these tips for pet odor removal and bring your home back to its original fresh scent.
Pet Odor Removal: Five Quick Steps
Don’t have time to run to the pet store to buy that expensive, pet-odor neutralizing cleaner? No problem. Consider some of these tips to remove pet odor and keep them from invading your home.
For stains that are still wet, quickly place a thick layer of newspaper or paper towels to cover the spot. Soaking up as much of the urine as possible is a crucial first step to eliminate pet odors and stains. If pet odors in carpets still linger, more bacteria begins to breed which is the cause of the resulting foul odor.
Avoid Using Steam Cleaners
You may be tempted to pull out that new portable steam cleaner you got for Christmas to attack Fido’s stain. It’s best to leave that steam cleaner in the closet this time because it might do more damage than good. Steam cleaners are definitely handy for some quick jobs, but shouldn’t be confused with the advanced, deep-cleaning service that professionals can provide.
Animal urine contains many proteins. Heat from steam cleaners may permanently bond these proteins to the human-made fibers of your carpeting. If this occurs, your problems have multiplied, and it may be time to call a professional cleaner.
If you see a wet spot that may have happened earlier, sprinkle the area with baking soda and let it sit overnight. Vacum the area up in the morning. Baking Soda is a safe and natural ingredient that won’t expose your pets to any harmful chemicals.
Once you have detected the affected area, douse it generously with a spritz or two (or twenty) of white vinegar. Let the doused area sit for five minutes and then blot it dry with a paper towel or cloth. The vinegar inside your carpeting will stay patent for a month or two to fight off any lingering bacteria growing from your pet’s urine.
Some pet owners recommend using hydrogen peroxide to clean an affected area. Simply spray your pet’s urine stains with a few squirts of hydrogen peroxide and let it stand for 10-15 minutes. Don’t be surprised if you see that stained area bubbling, because that means the cleaning process is underway!
When All Else Fails – Call a Pro
If these household remedies can’t get rid of your pet’s odors, it’s probably time to call in a professional.
Professional carpet cleaners are poised and ready to guide you on advanced cleaning systems such as dry carpet or steam cleaning methods. They can also let you know if urine or damage has soaked into your carpet padding or even down to the sub-floor and whether new padding is needed.
Do you have any of these home remedies in your pantry to fight off your pet’s odors?
Take a cup of white vinegar and spray it generously over your stained carpet. Let this area rest for five minutes and then sprinkle the area with baking soda. Once the area has dried, vacuum up the baking soda and assess for any lingering odors.
Try these steps soon so that your home is the most comfortable haven for you and your furry “best friend.”