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How to clean pet odour from carpet at home

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July 13, 2022

It's really wonderful to have a little animal at home that waits for you after work, gives you unconditional love, and never judges you. However, having a pet has its inconveniences as well, one of which is that these little cuties can often make your home smell unpleasant. And unfortunately, this is something that is really hard to avoid.

Pee happens, no matter how well-trained your cat or dog is, and it usually happens on the carpets. The problem is that you may not even be aware of it because some stains are difficult to notice. And the longer dog or cat urine stays on your carpet, the worse the smell gets. However, apart from pet pee, many other factors can contribute to carpet pet odours, including pet hair, dander, saliva, and even their food.

Here, we will provide you with some tricks and tips on how to get rid of pet odour and keep your carpet smelling fresh and clean.

How to get rid of carpet pet odours?

One of the best ways to get rid of carpet pet odour is to trust a professional carpet cleaning service. Experts can successfully remove all accumulated dirt, dust, dander, and pet hair as well as extract pet urine stains from your carpet. Normally, it is recommended that you have your carpet cleaned professionally three to four times each year, as well as whenever you notice an odour of cat or dog urine on your carpet.

In addition to professional cleaning, it is also essential to clean your carpets yourself on a regular basis. You should thoroughly vacuum it a few times a week to avoid the build-up of dander and pet hairs. Some house remedies, as well as commercial carpet cleaners, might also help you keep your carpets smelling clean and nice.

Tips to remove pet odour from carpet

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Vacuum your carpet thoroughly every few days

Make sure to vacuum your carpets as often as possible. The sooner you remove dog hair from the surface area, the better. If you leave them there for a long time, there is a great chance that the foul pet smell will accumulate and linger around your home.

Do not forget to maintain your vacuum cleaner clean. Whenever you vacuum, make sure the brush roll is free of debris so that you can properly pick up dirt, dust, and pet hair from the carpet surface.

Your vacuum cleaner's filter needs to be cleaned regularly as well. If your filters are dirty, they can accumulate dog hair, dander, and everything else that makes your vacuum smell bad. When you run the machine, the air passing through the dirty filter will make the air smell, and you will just blow that all over your house.

Make use of white vinegar or baking soda

A simple way to refresh your carpet is to liberally sprinkle baking soda on the entire surface and then vacuum it after 30 or 45 minutes. You may also let the baking soda sit overnight and vacuum your carpet in the morning. Baking soda is an effective natural deodorizer because it has the ability to quickly absorb pet smells.

Vinegar is another eco-friendly cleaning product. This home remedy has the ability to kill germs and neutralize bad smells. You can combine it with the baking soda technique to achieve even better results. Simply mix equal parts of vinegar and water and pour the solution into a spray bottle. Sprinkle baking soda over your carpet and then spritz with vinegar. Leave the remedy to act for about an hour. Then thoroughly vacuum the carpet to eliminate any remains.

However, keep in mind that some carpets should not be treated with vinegar because it can permanently harm the fibres. The solution may be appropriate for carpets made of natural fibres such as wool or silk. Also, avoid using vinegar on pet urine stains. Pet pee contains uric acid, and adding vinegar, which is also acidic, will make the stain even more acidic. As a result, your carpet will begin smelling worse.

Clean your carpets by shampooing

Vacuuming cannot always remove dog hair, dander, dust, and odours that have become trapped deep within the carpet fibres. Carpet shampooers might be effective in such situations. Such a carpet cleaning machine usually does a really good job deodorizing and cleaning the carpets. All you need to do is to mix a cleaning agent with water and run the machine.

However, keep in mind that shampooing the carpets on your own can be a bit tricky. First, there are numerous cleaning agents on the market, ranging from powder cleaners to liquid and foam cleaners. You really need to buy a product that is both effective and appropriate for your carpet. Be sure to always test the solution on a small area before tackling the entire surface.

Additionally, it is not a good idea to try removing a urine stain with cleaners or shampooers. If not carried out properly, such cleaning methods can worsen the odor problem instead of resolving it.

Get professional carpet cleaning

Professional carpet cleanings can be a game changer when it comes to a persistent dog or cat urine smell. Expert cleaners can swiftly and efficiently eliminate the problem because they use proper cleaning techniques and products.

When you are having a pet, professional carpet cleanings are an essential part of home maintenance. Regular vacuuming and home treatments will help you clear away some of the pet hair and dander, which are frequently the source of pet scents. However, such methods cannot completely remove the tough stains and pungent smell caused by pet pee. Even the most expensive cleaner will hardly remove old, dried stains.

Furthermore, no matter how frequently you vacuum your carpets, they tend to acquire dirt, dust, debris, bacteria, and pet saliva over time and begin to smell bad. Hiring a professional cleaning service might significantly improve the issue. Experts utilize special enzyme cleaners and tried-and-true cleaning techniques to kill bacteria, remove stains, and make your carpet smell good.

Carpet cleaning mistakes to avoid

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While there are certain things you can do yourself to clean the soiled or smelly carpet, there are also some things that are better to avoid. Here are some examples.

Avoid cleaners with ammonia

Despite the fact that you may find numerous tips online on how to clean carpets with ammonia, it is best not to use this method. As a corrosive chemical substance, ammonia is very likely to damage fibers of your carpet. Also, if you are trying to clean urine stains with ammonia, you will make the smell worse because the urine already has the compound of this chemical. Furthermore, pets may be attracted to the place where you put ammonia and keep going to it.

DIY steam cleaning is not a good idea

Do you want to get rid of cat or dog pee smells on your carpet? Then it is best to avoid steam cleaners and shampooers. Steam cleaners alone will not remove the bad smell left by cat or dog urine, they can even spread it further. Similarly, if you try to address the affected areas with a standard carpet cleaner, there is a great chance to only mask the problem temporarily. In case you have to deal with cat or dog pee smell, then it is best to trust professionals.

Avoid using harmful carpet cleaners

Many regular carpet cleaners contain chemicals which can not only damage the carpet fibers, but may also put your four-legged friend at risk. Some ingredients that may be toxic for animals include hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, bleach, and others. So make sure to always use enzymatic cleaners which are both carpet and pet safe. You can usually find such products in pet supply stores.

Do not let recent pee stains sit there for a long time

Old pet pee stains are among the most difficult to clean. When they sit on the carpet for an extended period of time, bacteria build-up, and the pee just soaks through the carpet, the pad, and finally into the flooring beneath. So, in case of housebreaking training accidents, it is essential that you take immediate action. Put on a rubber glove and blot dry the wet spot by using a paper towel. Then use enzymatic cleaner or baking soda and vinegar to clean the stained area.

Avoid scrubbing your carpet to remove stains

Scrubbing can push dirt, dust, and pet stains further into the fibres of your carpet. This might not only make cleaning the carpet more difficult, but it can also generate a mouldy wool odour in your home. Scrubbing can also harm the fabric, especially if you use stiff-bristled brushes.

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