If you’re a pet owner, you’re probably well aware that that’s lovely as your furry friend is, it has the potential to cause unpleasant odours to linger in your home. We spend time helping customers in keeping their homes smelling fresh and clean. Whether they are pet owners or not. So we thought it might be helpful to give you a few tips on how to minimise pet smells.
Dealing with toileting ‘accidents’
It’s common for puppies to cause an accident at home. This can result in a puddle of urine on the floor, or worst, a deposit of dog ‘poo’. The first thing to do is get rid of the source of the smell as quickly as possible. If we’re talking about dog ‘poo’, then clear up as much as you can. Follow this up by sprinkling baking soda on the affected area. Leave it to dry for at least one hour. Baking soda acts as a powerful absorber of odours. Usually, it will not stain carpets or furniture. You might want to test patch a small area to make sure. Once the soda is dry, you can sweep it up and discard it. If any clothes or fabric have been affected, then it’s a good idea to dry clean or wash these too. If you don’t have baking soda available, white vinegar is effective at removing pet odours. Simply scrub into the carpet or fabric, leave for around 10 minutes and then rinse it off.
You need to be aware that urine may have soaked through the underlay of the carpet, and on to the floor beneath, and this needs to be treated too. If the smell still lingers, then you may need to repeat the cleaning, this time using a carpet cleaning product which is enzyme based, and that breaks down the urine at the chemical stage. If this fails or the smells are long-standing, then you will need to call in a professional.
Animals mark their territory and include their home. They have a stronger sense of smell than humans. If they can smell a hint of their urine, then it’s normal for them to refresh this marker. So it’s imperative that any pet smells are thoroughly removed.
You can also help keep your home smelling fresh by washing your pet’s bedding and toys every week. You can use baking soda in doing this too. It’s also a good idea to use a pet neutralizing spray as opposed to candles, or floral air fresheners which simply mask the smell.
We’ve got years of experience with regards to all types of carpet cleaning and our technicians are all experts in this field. If you’re in need of any type of carpet cleaning then just give us a call on 1300 7000 75, to see how we can help you.