Even though you love your pet, you probably could do without the odor they leave behind. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to prevent some of that odor and eliminate it when it does become bothersome. Keeping your home smelling fresh isn’t as difficult as you might think.
Even when the odor becomes strong, there are still things you can do. For instance, consider contacting an odor removal service. They will have commercial-grade equipment and cleaning solutions to help eliminate the bacteria that produce those unpleasant odors.
1. Remodeling? Get Rid of the Carpets
While replacing carpets with tiling or hardwood flooring is often costly, it can be worthwhile. The bacteria that cause pet odors cling to carpet fibers, which explains why your pet’s odor seems concentrated in the carpeted rooms in your home. Removing the carpets will help reduce the presence of that bacteria in the home.
You’ll also remove the perfect hiding place for fleas and other pests that irritate your pet’s skin and coat. It will also be easier to keep your tile or wood flooring clean and free of pet dander.
2. Clean Your Vacuum Filter
You should buy a vacuum cleaner with a filter that you can remove and wash to avoid worsening a pet odor problem. Make sure to vacuum your carpets every week and wash the filter after each use.
When vacuuming, clean your sofa and upholstered chairs. Vacuum the surfaces beneath the cushions and try to get into tight spaces with the vacuum attachments.
3. Bathe Your Pet Regularly
As a general rule, dogs should get a bath once every two to three months, and cats should have a bath every four to six weeks. However, you should talk to your vet since your pet’s breed may require a different bathing schedule.
If your pet’s odor gets strong between baths, try using a dry shampoo. Since you’re only trying to eliminate the odor, you can use dry shampoo intended for human use. However, regular baths require the special pH balance found in pet shampoos. You can also look for pet deodorizers at your local pet store.
4. Don’t Let Pets Air Dry
Pets with long or thick coats must be dried with a towel or a hairdryer. This is because the natural oils in the longer or thicker coat combine with the water to produce bacteria. In addition to causing skin irritation, the growth of this bacteria in the animal’s coat will enhance the unpleasant odor.
If you allow your pet to air dry or shake off the excess water, pay attention to how long it takes for their odor to return. If you notice that the odor returns soon after the bath, switch to towel drying your pet.
5. Get Rid of Urine Stains
If you catch your pet in the act of urinating in the home, clean it up quickly. Use paper towels or disposable rags to soak up the excess urine. Use a clean, damp cloth to wipe the affected portion of the carpeting or upholstery.
Once the area dries, vacuum it. Sprinkle baking soda on the area and allow it to sit for 15 to 20 minutes before vacuuming a second time.
Remove dried urine stains with a wet/dry vac or a carpet shampooer if you have one in the house. If not, you can use a stain remover. Follow the instructions on the stain remover bottle for the best results.
Many people use vinegar or ammonia to remove urine odor. While these are effective methods, these substances can prompt your pet to urinate in the same area in the future. The scent of these products urges pets to mark their territory.
6. Change Your Pet’s Diet
A poor diet can affect pet odors in the home in different ways. Their coat may begin to smell bad if they’re not getting the nutrients their breed needs for a healthy coat. Talk to your vet about getting the right food for your pet.
Additionally, your pet may not be able to digest food intended for human consumption. As a result, they may suffer from nausea or diarrhea, leading to indoor accidents that will worsen the pet odor in your home.
Stay on Top of Your Odor Removal Needs
If you develop a strategy for odor removal that you can follow routinely, you won’t have to worry about pet smells overpowering you. Use several of the tips suggested here to help you develop an effective method for dealing with the odors your cat or dog leaves behind.