Having pets in your home can be both a joy and a hassle. While all pet lovers would never part with their beloved furry family members, the odors they leave on the carpet and upholstery are definitely unwanted. Keeping a check on your pet and fabric is easy with these tips to keep your home smelling fresh.
Pet Odor Removal for Fresh Stains
One of the foremost defenses against pet odor is early detection. Keeping an eye, and nose, out for any stains and a quick reaction will keep odors from penetrating and lingering into your upholstery and carpet. A black light could also be used to check for marks no longer visible. When fresh stains are found pat dry with a rag or paper towel until the spot is as dry as possible for easier clean-up.
There are many store bought products that can help remove smells and assist in upholstery cleaning. A product with a biological odor eliminator will help break down the stain and should be used to eliminate smells. Check for any discoloration by testing the product first on an unnoticed part of your carpet or upholstery and follow the directions on the cleaning product. A mixture of vinegar and water can work just as well as store bought cleaners. Mix a small amount of vinegar into water and spray on to lift the scent.
Upholstery Cleaning for Older Pet Odors
Pet odor removal and upholstery cleaning for older stains aren’t any more difficult. Soak the spot the warm water to help break down the odor on the fabric. Next blot dry to remove any excess matter and water. Dilute vinegar in a spray bottle and squirt onto the spot. Allow to dry. If that doesn’t work try a combination of vinegar and baking soda.
Be sure to rinse and dry thoroughly after any method. You don’t want to trade the smell of your pet for mildew. Wet/dry vacuums are specially designed to clean up wet and dry spills and work well for old stains and odors.
Using Vacuums on Pet Stains and Odors
When using vacuums or any other kind of appliance for upholstery cleaning and pet odor removal avoid using steam cleaning. The steam can lead to permeating the unwanted smell into your carpet, chairs, and couches. Wet/dry vacuums work best.
Everyday vacuuming can keep your home free of allergens and pet dander. Sprinkling deodorizer or spraying fabric freshener will help you home to stay fresh. Washing pet bedding frequently and keeping favorite animal areas clean will improve any odor situation.
Cleaning up after pets can be painless when these easy tips are used. Early detection is key for new stains. A store bought deodorizer works well, but diluted vinegar in a spray bottle is just as good. Older smells may require some soaking and a solution of baking soda and vinegar should lift them off. Wet/dry vacuums work well to remove older odors and stains.