We all love our pets, but we aren’t nearly so fond of the smelliness of our furry friends. Early detection is the best way to remove pet odor from your home–this will give you enough time to remove the odor before it becomes a permanent fixture.
- 1. Find the mess. Use your eyes and nose to find the stains that you are trying to remove. You can use a black light to illuminate the stains you may not otherwise find. Lightly outline the invisible stain with a piece of chalk.
- 2. Use a pet stain and odor removal product to get rid of the stain. Be sure that it contains a biological odor eliminator so that it breaks down the stain. Do a spot test first on carpet or upholstery in an inconspicuous place to insure that there won’t be discoloration.
- 3. Remove stains. If the stain is fresh, put paper towels down and press into the stain, absorbing as much moisture as possible, until it feels almost dry to the touch. Follow the directions on and use the stain removal product to get the stain and odor out.
- 4. Use a wet/dry vacuum if necessary. If there are a number of old stains or you are having difficulty getting out with the stain and odor remover, use a wet/dry vacuum with clean water to thoroughly clean and rinse both the carpet and the pad underneath. Avoid steam cleaning as it will permanently set the stain.
- 5. Wash pet bedding and any textiles in the areas where your pet spends the most time. Use detergent and some baking soda to remove any remaining pet odor.
- 6. Use carpet deodorizer when you vacuum and use a fabric refreshing spray on upholstery and carpet once you have cleaned it thoroughly to keep it smelling fresh.