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What To Do About Pet Odor

Photo by Henry Majoros on Unsplash
Photo by Henry Majoros on Unsplash

Pets enrich our lives and complete our families. Unfortunately, their natural smells aren’t always pleasant to the nose. However, if you find that pet odors have sunk into your carpet or upholstery, don’t despair. There are things that you can do to remove the pet odor yourself — and if you can’t, a professional can.

Keep Your Pet Clean

The best way to stop odors is before they get grounded into your carpets and upholstery is to keep your pets clean! Pet fur can be oily, which is the source of the odors that get transferred to your house. Regularly bathing your pets is a great way to keep everyone smelling fresh! If you start when they’re babies, it’s easier to bathe them when they get older.

If you can’t teach an old dog (or cat) the trick of loving the bath, turn it over to someone who can. A periodic grooming can be pricey, but you’re going to get that money back in household freshness! It’s worth it.

Tackle Accidents Immediately

Every pet will have an accident in the house at some point. It’s not intentional, and typically it’s the fault of illness or simply not being able to avoid it. When an accident does happen, don’t let it sit. Clean it up as soon as you find it. The longer you let it set, the more the scent will stick to your carpet, furniture, and even the paint around it! It’s tempting to leave a mess for the morning, but taking the time to clean it now can reduce the amount of odor you have to remove later.

Cleaning vs. Covering it Up

It’s all well and good to say that it’s easier to prevent odors than to remove them, but sometimes that ship has sailed. If you’re noticing a distinct pet odor problem, it’s too late to prevent it. Pet odor removal is different than just covering pet odor up. If you think the couch smells funky twenty minutes before company arrives, reach for the fabric spray! You will probably be able to cover up all but the most pungent pet odors with a spray. That will last an evening… but it won’t fix your underlying problem.

Pet odor removal is more difficult than temporarily covering it up. Start with a gentle vinegar spray in which you mix white vinegar with water in a spray bottle. Mist the area that needs odor removal. The vinegar will work to break down the oils that trap smells in fabrics. Then either let the vinegar evaporate in the sun or vacuum it off the floor or upholstery with a strong wet/dry vacuum. If that doesn’t work, you can try applying and sponging off a paste made from vinegar and baking soda. If that doesn’t work either, you should turn the problem over to the professionals. Taking extreme measures could result in damaging or discoloring your fabrics.

Pet odor removal isn’t easy. If you can’t stop odors from creeping up, tackle them as soon as you discover them. If your gentle measures aren’t doing the trick, reach out to a professional company. Heavy duty cleaners need to be handled properly, or they could damage your furniture or carpet. A professional pet odor removal company can use technologies and cleaners you don’t have to get your home smelling fresh again.

A dedicated DIY-er is ready to take on the world. If you have a will and a wi-fi connection, you can learn to do anything around the house. You can learn to fix a banister so you don’t lose your balance on the stairs. You can learn to grow a vegetable garden on your window sill so your food always tastes fresh. What you can’t do is do-it-yourself pet odor removal. There are several reasons that a professional will always be the better choice for pet odor removal.

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Can’t know all the tricks

Professionals know cleaning like, well, it’s their job. You probably don’t know the right time to use an enzymatic based cleaning product on pet odors. You don’t know which cleaners will get the smell of a wet dog out of your paint without stripping your walls bare. Learning all the tips and tricks of the trade will take more time than you probably have to give. Why struggle to master pet odor removal when professionals already know what to do?

Can’t stick with cleaning enough

Cleaning pet odor takes a dedication that many people simply don’t have. If you want your house to smell of lemon cleaner instead of loose pets, it takes a lot of time and energy. The problem that many DIYers have is that they’re not willing to put in the time to really, thoroughly clean their space.
It may take a few different passes with a few different cleaning supplies to get your home smelling fresher than ever. It can be frustrating to try to do this in your own space. While you’re working, you also have to live with the smell that’s sticking with you. Professionals can do all those houses at once and get your home like new again.

Can’t use the best equipment

According to most do-it-yourselfers, there’s nothing that can’t be cured with a little elbow grease. Unfortunately, that’s completely untrue. You can scrub on your hands and knees for hours, and a single pass with a heated water extractor (“steam cleaner”) will do a better job reaching deeper, ground in dirt and buildup that causes odors to stick around. A pass with a mop or broom just isn’t going to do the trick.
Since many pet odors are carried deep in your carpet or the fabrics of your home, it’s essential that you have the best tools in place to help you reach them. Cutting edge equipment will do a better job than you can. Hang up your mop and bucket and seek a professional’s help.

Can’t even smell the full odor

The last reason that DIY pet odor removal fails is that you don’t even know what you’re smelling. Over time, you become accustomed to a certain level of odor. You don’t smell it the same way that you don’t smell your brand of shampoo or laundry detergent after using it for years. On the other hand, a professional entering your home is going to smell it right away–and so will any friends or colleagues you bring over.
You can DIY your way through a lot of household chores. Pet odor removal needs a professional. You won’t have the expertise, time, tools, or even the ability to smell that they do. No matter what the occasion, get your home smelling fresh with professional help.