Fido may be part of your family but his lingering odors can make living in a pet-friendly home unpleasant. According to the 2012 US Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook, there are approximately 70 million family dogs in the U.S. That equates to a lot of shedding, slobber, and overpowering smells. Learn how to effectively rid your home of pet odors and achieve a healthier, fresher home.
Conquer Smelly Carpets
Pets are responsible for a good portion of the dirt and debris found on the floors of pet-friendly homes, simply from shedding and the dirt they track in from going in and out of the home. According to The Carpet and Rug Institute, common household particles, such as pollen, dust, and pet dander become easily trapped in carpet fibers. Proper cleaning with high-powered vacuums can remove most of these particles. Use the Life Reminders app for Android to remind you to vacuum every day to avoid a buildup of carpet particles.
Tackle Tough Stains and Odors
Dogs can leave tough stains on the floor, which are usually accompanied by even tougher odors. To clean “new” pet stains, soak up as much urine as possible with paper towels and/or newspaper. Rinse the area with cool, clean water, and blot any excess fluids with paper towels or a wet vac. For set-in stains, consider renting a shampooer vacuum and a shampooer pet stain and odor formula cleaning solution. Once the affected area has been deep-cleaned, apply a high-quality pet odor neutralizer such as Stink Free Pet Urine & Odor Remover to eliminate any lingering odors.
Clean Washable Items
Items such as linens, pillows, small rugs, and curtains can generally be cleaned in the washing machine to remove pet odors. Spot soiled items in your home by turning off the lights and using a black-light bulb to scan the room. Old and new urine stains and various other types of stains will glow under the black light. Machine-wash your items as usual but add a one-pound box of baking soda to your regular laundry detergent. If you’re still able to smell the pet odors after the initial wash, rewash using an enzymatic cleaner.
Prevent Odors from Returning
Aside from training your dog to do its business outdoors, there are other ways to eliminate common pet odors. Have your carpets deep-cleaned on a monthly basis, and use carpet deodorizing powder to keep odors at bay. Never wait to tackle a pet mess—the longer it sits, the more difficult it will be to get rid of the stain and smell. Maintain a strict cleaning routine to keep your home smelling fresh. Launder your pet’s bedding at least once a week, Swiffer non-carpeted areas twice a week, and wipe off your dog’s paws with a damp cloth when he enters the house from outdoors.