No matter how well you have trained Rover or Fido, they still have the occasional accident in the carpet. Even if Fluffy has her own litter box, there will still probably be a time where she just doesn’t make it before the inevitable happens. Certainly, as much as we adore our four-legged family members, none of us want our home to smell like our pet’s bathroom. But how do you get the smell of your pet out of your carpet?
While there is no substitute for professional carpet cleaning, and it is widely recommended that you have a professional steam cleaning performed no less than once a year, there are some steps you can take to minimize pet odors in your home between professional cleanings.
The longer the urine sits in your carpet or upholstery, the more damage that will be done. While you probably won’t be able to immediately jump on every accident that your pet has, you want to act quickly as often as possible. If you can quickly get the stain soaked up, the smell won’t be as strong. You will still need to get your carpet or upholstery professionally cleaned to get all of the urine out, the smell won’t be as strong in the meantime.
The Answer May Already Be In Your Home
Baking soda naturally neutralizes odors, especially those in fabric. While baking soda can work wonders on a fresh urine spot in your carpet, it can even do some good on an old stain that you’ve just found. You’ll want to find a way to block your pet away from the area in question before sprinkling the baking soda onto the stain. After doing so, work the baking soda into the fabric that has been soiled, let it set overnight, then vacuum it up.
Use Enzymatic Cleaners
It’s possible that the odor is so strong, or the issue has persisted for so long that baking soda just won’t get the job done. Fortunately, there are plenty of items on the market that can help battle the odors that our furry friends have been known to leave behind. Much like the factors we’ve already discussed, enzymatic cleaners work better if they’re applied to the stain quickly, but will provide some benefit whenever they’re applied.
Look for Old Stains
If you’ve cleaned up the newest stains but the house still has the stench of pet urine, you probably have some old stains that you have missed over the course of time. Remember, no matter how much time you spend with your pet, you aren’t able to watch them 24/7, and accidents do happen. Take some time to go to their most frequently visited areas and look for older stains.
Know When to Call for Help
There is only so much you will ever be able to do with a scrub brush, a box of baking soda of a bottle of cleaner. At some point, you have to know when to wave the white flag and call in professional help. Remember, there is nothing you can do that will be as potent as a professional cleaning service. While you may be able to remove stains and tone down the smell, you will never be able to get everything out on your own.
We know you love your pets as much as we love ours. That’s why we have built a reputation for helping hundreds of pet owners enjoy their pet’s presence without dealing with the stress of stained carpets and stinky upholstery. Veritas has the equipment needed to ensure that your pet can be a part of your family without making your home smell like a litter box.
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