Everyone loves puppies but sometimes house breaking them can seem like it will take forever. Even well-trained pets can have a slip up on occasion. After a while, it’s pretty common for pet owners to begin to notice a not so welcomed odor in their homes. And once you notice it, it’s pretty hard to forget it. Beyond the pungent odor caused by housebreaking training accidents, lasting pet odors usually smell something like moldy wool, and that stench can eventually settle into your carpets, upholstery, and curtains throughout your home. Even if you meticulously groom your pet and provide a healthy diet, unwanted smells could continue building up every time your dog or cat comes in from outdoors. Whether you’re returning from a run in the home summer sun or a wet and muddy walk you are bound to make the problem worse with time. Luckily, you can rid your home and carpet of those smells using just a few easy steps using one common item found in nearly all households.
RIDDING YOUR CARPET OF DOG AND CAT SMELLS
First, you could use a commercial pet odor neutralizer and there are several of them available such as Nature’s Miracle. It’s best to follow the instructions on the packaging as close as possible to avoid causing damage to your carpets. Make sure to avoid cleaners that contain ammonia or vinegar, since the strong smells could attract your pets back to the area you’re attempting to clean. If you are unable to find a cleaning product you like, ust follow the steps we outline below to quickly absorb pet odors from your carpet using an item you most likely already have in your kitchen – baking soda!
Safety Tip: Baking soda can be toxic to pets in large amounts and can cause illness, muscle spasms and even heart failure. Always keep your pets away from any area while you are treating it with baking soda.
- Isolate the area you will be cleaning from your pet.
- Sprinkle a good amount of baking soda over the soiled or smelly carpet. You may even need to use more than one box for large, heavily soiled areas.
- Allow the baking soda to sit overnight so that it absorbs as much of the odor as possible.
- After about 24 hours thoroughly vacuum your carpets.
- Once you have vacuumed the area and removed all of the baking soda, it is safe to allow your pet back in the area.
If you are unable to completely remove the odors using a pet odor neutralizer or our baking soda technique, consider renting a carpet cleaning machine to complete the job and stick to a regular carpet cleaning routine. High heat could permanently set smells and stains so when renting a machine to do the work yourself you should avoid steam cleaners. Of course, the best option to get stubborn stains or pet odors out of your carpets is to call an expert. We have better equipment, advanced techniques and products, and the cleaning experience to take care of all your carpet cleaning problems. Take a look at our residential carpet cleaning services and give us a call for a quote or more information today.