Pet Odor Removal
Pet odor is not the first thing you want a visitorto notice about your house.
If you are not a pet owner the normal smellsassociated with keeping pets are much more apparent than for those who are usedto living with them. Pet owners must take special consideration to remove thesmell of their pets from their home.
Many people get their carpets cleaned and think thatthis will be enough to remove pet odors from their home. While this isgenerally true, when there is pet urine on your carpet or upholstery, the heatof a professional steam-clean can actually set in the smell. To keep this from happening, you want to remove the odor first.
Many people use commercial odor-removingproducts on pet stains in their homes. However, be careful that you are notmerely covering up one smell with another. Many people are sensitive toartificial perfumes, and may be just as bothered by a strong air-freshener asthey are by ripe pet odor. One trick from the professionals is to find aproduct which contains enzymes. These work to break down the molecules that produceodors. Baking soda is another scent-absorber. Sprinkle it on wet or dry stains,let it sit and then vacuum it up. It works well for drying up damp stains, andpreventing excess urine from soaking into carpets. Another deodorizing agent issalt. Rub it into the stain and let it sit. Spray the spot with water so thatthe salt molecules dissolve into the odor-causing ones. As with the bakingsoda, vacuum this up when dry. Be aware that whatever treatment you choose, beit an enzyme spray, salt or baking soda, it may take a couple of treatments to completelydeodorize the area.
To keep your home in better shape, invest in agood air purifier. Choose one with an activated carbon filter. These are quite effectivefor keeping the air fresh.
Once you've eliminated any specific sites of strong odor, general cleaning willhelp freshen your home. Go ahead with that carpet clean, and include the drapesand upholstery. Wash the walls if you aren't re-painting. Be sure to cleanevery nook and cranny, including in closets and under stairs, as pet hair anddander can accumulate in hard-to-reach places.