Pets make great best friends and companions. While many of us enjoy hanging out with our pets at home, you may get a little less enjoyment out of the way your pet makes your house smell. If you don’t tend to your pets’ mess immediately then you are going to end up with an extremely smelly house. This is not ideal, especially if you have friends or guests over at your house. We want to give you a few actionable and effective ways to remove pet odors from your home.
They always say that prevention is better than cure, but when it comes to pets this is not always possible. You may not have a housetrained pet or you simply might have forgotten to let them out for a bit and now you have a mess in your house. Here are the steps to removing pet odors from your home.
Track Down The Source Of The Smell
The most common and the most effective practice to remove pet odors in your house is to locate the source of the smell and then do a deep clean of that area as fast as possible to avoid lingering odors. Most of the time your pet will do their business in the same spot every time. Once you initially locate their favorite spot that will make it much easier for you when it comes to locating the source of the smell in the future.
If you have multiple pets in the house then this will be even more of a headache. If they are not house trained, you may feel like you are constantly running around cleaning up after your pet. This form of pet odor removal can be very effective because if you notice your pet going for their favorite spot to do their business then you can quickly take action and let them out of the house. Saving you the frustration of having to clean up after them and ultimately removing the pet odor from your house.
If you have carpeted floors and are struggling to find the source of urine then a simple solution is to use a black light with the rest of the rooms’ lights turned off. The black light will reveal the source of the urine on your carpets and then you can take action from there to begin cleaning the area.
You can remove the urine odor with a simple vinegar solution, let’s get straight into how to do that.
First, you want to make sure that the vinegar solution is not going to discolor your carpet. Test the solution in a spot like your closet first to see if any discoloration happens. It shouldn’t, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Here are the exact steps to take when it comes to removing pet odors on your carpets:
- Treat a dry problem spot on the carpet by wetting it with equal parts vinegar and water.
- Use a spray bottle to spritz the area rather than soak it.
- After a few minutes, blot the area by pressing it with folded paper towels, removing as much liquid as possible.
- Place a fan near the carpet to dry it off quickly.
- Sprinkle the dried area with baking soda.
- Vacuum it up after 15 or 20 minutes.
- If the carpet still smells, reapply the vinegar solution.
The vinegar solution will help but if you want something a bit stronger to remove stubborn smells from your carpets then you can also try an enzymatic cleaner. Here is the process for that:
- Clean the area with the vinegar and water spray to help remove residue.
- Treat it with the enzymatic cleaner (such as Nature’s Miracle), following the directions on the label.
Vacuum then Vacuum Some More
Your pet’s hair, dust, and dander tend to get all over your carpets and furniture so you want to make sure you are vacuuming all of that up on a fairly regular basis to avoid those annoying lingering smells, specifically on your carpets.
Ideally, you want to try and vacuum every inch of your carpet’s surface area to ensure that you are getting everything out. You may not be aware but you can actually get pet-friendly rugs that are much easier to clean. This is a good long term solution for your home.
Once you have finished with all the carpets you want to move to your furniture and even your curtains if necessary. There is nothing worse than having furniture that has a strong pet odor so the more frequently you clean your carpets, furniture and curtains, the better. Pet odor removal is sometimes a tedious task, but it’s all worth it at the end of the day when you are able to enjoy a home that doesn’t smell of urine..or worse, feces.
When it comes to which type of vacuum cleaner you should be using, take note that not all vacuum cleaners are created equal. You want to make sure that you get a high-quality vacuum that is not only going to be able to get the job done but also last a good amount of time. Ideally, a few years before anything needs to be replaced or fixed.
Some animals absolutely hate the sound of a vacuum cleaner so there are options that are less noisy than others. You just have to take what your pet is able to tolerate and go from there when making your purchase.
At this point you may be thinking, that is great, but I don’t have any carpets in my house. This is where the next step comes into play.
Mop and Sweep All of Your Hardwood Floors
If you have hardwood floors in your home, that will make cleaning up after your pet a much smoother and simpler process. Not only is it easier to spot where your pet has made a mess, but it takes much less effort to clean the mess. Your mop and broom will be your best friends here and you can clean up as you go and do one thorough cleaning of your floors once or twice a week to ensure that you are removing all pet odors from your home.
You can start by sweeping up all the hairs and debris that are left by your pet and then do a deep clean of your floors with a floor cleaning solution and a mop that you can mix with warm water. You want to make sure that you are using a pet-safe floor cleaner in order to prevent your pet from getting sick in case they lick the floor while you are cleaning.
Ideally you want to let your pet hang around outside while you are sweeping and mopping your floors. But that is not always possible so you can simply keep your pet entertained with a toy or some food in another room while you are cleaning the floors. Removing pet odors with a pet odor removal cleaning solution is most effective when you use it on a weekly basis and twice a week will be the most effective in getting rid of those pesky pet odors in your house.
Your Washing Machine Is Your Best Friend
Pets are everywhere in your home and they love to jump on your bed, couches and rub up against your curtains sometimes. So you want to make sure that you are putting your bedding in the washing machine and once that is done you may want to consider washing all your couch cushions too.
Before you put anything in the washing machine you first want to make sure that it is machine washable. The last thing you want to do is destroy your favorite couch cushions in the washing machine. If you are constantly smelling a pet odor and you have cleaned your hardwood floors or carpets, cleaned up all the urine, the pet odor might be coming from your clothes. So you can wash all of your clothes and see if that gets rid of the odor problem.
Not everyone has a washing machine that can handle everything all at once so you may want to consider using a laundry service for the heavy-duty washing like your linen and sometimes a laundry company can even clean your curtains for you.
Keep Your Pet’s Bed Clean
Your pet will be spending a lot of time in their bed sleeping every single day. Removing pet odors from their bedding is not always necessary unless you are moving their bed to another location in your home like your bedroom or living room.
Ideally, you want to make sure that your pet is sleeping in their own designated area in the house, but that is not always possible and you might need to move their bed to another spot in the house for some reason.
A good best practice to remove pet odors from their bed is to wash their bedding once a week thoroughly and then leave it outside to dry in the fresh air. Fresh air will help to remove stubborn odors and dampness from their bed. Most of the time you can just throw your pet’s bed in the washing machine and that will do all the heavy cleaning for you. Just make sure their bed is machine washable beforehand.
After you have washed and dried your pet’s bed you can apply any sort of pet-friendly fragrance spray to the bed to help out with any lingering odors and keep their bed smelling fresher for longer.
Don’t Underestimate The Power Of Fresh Air
While letting some good old fresh air into your home won’t remove all the pet odors, it will help out significantly to get rid of that musty smell that is left by your pets. When the weather is nice outside and it is not too windy you can open all your doors and windows and air out your entire house for a few hours.
Just make sure that you are being mindful and don’t let your pet escape from your home. You will not only bring a lovely sunny atmosphere to your home while airing it out but you will be getting rid of those not so enjoyable pet odors. A win-win situation.
It is no secret that with owning a pet comes some cleaning responsibility on your part. You should be able to eliminate all of your pet odor issues by following the recommendations that we have just outlined. There are more options available for removing pet odors in your house but in our opinion, these are the most effective.
To make your life a lot easier and less stressful you may also want to consider house training your pet/pets so that they do not do their dirty business indoors. This can be a long process to get your pet trained but it will be your best long term solution. Oftentimes it just comes down to timing. Being able to get a sense for when your pet needs to go outside to do their business.
If you do all the steps that we have just outlined on a weekly basis then you will be able to keep your home smelling fresh and clean. Allowing you to have friends/family or guests over without having to worry about embarrassing smelly pet odors.
If you are renting out your home then you absolutely want to make sure that it does not have any pet odors lingering so these cleaning tips will help you out a lot and ensure you land that ideal tenant.
If you have any further questions or concerns when it comes to removing pet odors in your house then feel free to get in touch with us here and we will be more than happy to help you out and point you in the right direction with all your home and property needs