We all love our furry little friends, but unfortunately, they can often leave an odor on everything they touch in our homes and apartments.
Getting rid of pet odors should be a part of any deep cleaning checklist, and is something you should consider doing at least once a month.
Potential new renters can be turned down by pet odors. Pet odors can also be a severe problem for tenants who are moving out.
This article contains useful information and suggestions on how to get rid of pet odors with natural, cheap, and effective cleaning solutions.
Vacuum First to Get Rid of Pet Odors
Furniture, carpets, fabric window coverings usually trap pet fur and dander. It doesn’t matter how often or well the property has been cleaned. Pet fur and dander can also be found on non-carpeted floors too.
Here is what you need to do:
- Vacuum the stairs and floors, whether carpeted or not, as well as window coverings and upholstered furniture.
- Take baking soda and sprinkle over all the upholstered surfaces, carpets and rugs. Leave it for a few hours and repeat the process. Baking soda neutralizes odors.
- Wait for several hours and repeat the process.
- Remove the pieces out of the premises to expose them to sunlight and fresh air. Hung them on a cloth line to avoid bugs and expose them to wind. This step is for any portable fabric-covered items, upholstered furniture, or rugs.
- Leave them exposed for some hours on a sunny and windy day. Sunlight and moving air help get rid of all types of odors within the items.
Fresh air and sunlight are suitable for the rental unit too. Leave the windows and curtains open to let air flow inside your property for a few hours a day.
Find the Source of the Stench
Odors are always a problem when pets and carpeted floors coexist.
If you can’t spot the origin of the smell, wait until dusk and then turn off the light of the room and walk through the room with a handheld black light.
This light can reveal urine spots and other stains that need spot cleaning.
Wash the Floors and Walls
Vinegar deodorizes and disinfects large surfaces. It’s a great cleaning asset. Vinegar is not to be used on unsealed stone-based surfaces like grout, limestone, or even marble, as it can damage these surfaces.
You can follow the following steps when cleaning floors and walls:
- Mix some water and vinegar and spray the mixture on the affected surfaces. Don’t over spray, do it gently to avoid any damage.
- Take the same solution and insert a sponge in it.
- Remove the moisture and wipe the affected area once more.
- If you still notice an odor, sprinkle a little baking soda over the affected area again. Vacuum or brush the powder away after it dries.
- You may want to repaint the walls with a stain blocking paint or primer if you still experience extreme urine damage.
Pet stains and odors can be pretty annoying. Use the useful information and suggestions discussed in this article to get rid of them. You can make your home more appealing to visitors and potential buyers.
Of course, if you don’t have the time to clean as often as you should, you can always hire professionals to do it for you!