How to Remove Pet Odours
Pets are often a loving addition to the home, but sometimes even the best-behaved pet can mess on carpets. Although we try our best to train our animals, kittens and puppies can have accidents, as well as poorly or elderly cats and dogs. Stains from cat and dog urine are problematic for two reasons:
- Firstly, they contain germs and bacteria that can cause illness.
- Secondly, the presence of ammonia makes for a unpleasant lingering smell, even after the area has been washed. It is, therefore, a good idea to use a suitable pet odour remover that not only tackles the smell, but also provides a deep-clean of the soiled surface.
How to remove Cat Urine Smells and Stains from Carpets
Cleaning up animal messes can be divided up into three separate tasks: removing urine, removing solids, and getting rid of the smell. Here’s some excellent ways to tackle all three categories:
- Use an old bath towel or dishcloth to blot up any excess liquid. It’s best to do this as soon as possible after the incident, while the stain is still wet. It’s also a good idea to use a white or light-coloured towel, to prevent dye colours in the towel from running into your carpet.
- Use a specialized carpet cleaner. bought from the pet store. Apply it directly to the carpet, and leave it to dry. Don’t be tempted to use a regular carpet cleaner; dog and cat urine remover products contain chemicals that are specifically designed to break down the bacteria in your pet’s urine, thus aiding in preventing a lingering urine smell after cleaning.
- Alternatively, apply a solution of one part water and one part white vinegar to the stain, or a non-coloured mouthwash that contains alcohol. Leave these products to soak into the stain for about 30 minutes.
- If you have a carpet cleaning device, use this to draw out any moisture. Alternatively, dry with a clean bath towel.
- Allow to air-dry and then vacuum the carpet as normal.
- Some solids are very easy to remove with a paper towel or plastic glove.
- Unfortunately, some other ‘solids’ aren’t very solid at all. If this is the case, use a piece of cardboard to remove as much as possible from the fibres of the carpet. It’s always best to do this straight away, before it has had time to dry.
- Mix together OMO Fast Action laundry detergent with warm water, and gently work into the remaining stain. Make sure that you mix your solution well – the more suds the better!
- In both cases, a pet odour remover or a homemade concoction of mouthwash or vinegar (as explained in point 3 of the section above pertaining to removing urine) can now be applied, before blotting, air-drying, and vacuuming.
- The smell of cat urine– and, for that matter, of dog urine too – is never pleasant. You’ll always need to use pet odour remover after removing these types of stains.
- For a quick, natural, and effective solution, sprinkle the clean stain with baking soda or unused coffee grounds. Make sure that you sprinkle liberally to ensure every part of the stain is covered.
- Leave your chosen product on the stain for a few hours – preferably overnight. Simply vacuum in the morning and the smell should be gone. These products work by absorbing the smells, removing them from the carpet.
Pet Hair Remover Products and Solutions
Of course, it’s not just cat urine and dog mess that can ruin the look and smell of your home, pet hair can too. This is especially problematic in the spring and summer months when cats and dogs begin to shed their winter coats.
Here are some tips for getting rid of fur and fluff around the home:
- Vacuum the area first to remove as much hair from the surface of the carpet or furniture as possible.
- The best pet hair remover is water. Use a damp hand sponge, or even a baby-wipe to encourage the hair to clump together while you wipe, making it easy to pick up and throw away.
- For small areas, simple spot-cleaning will do the trick. Use Velcro or a large piece of masking or sticky tape to pick up clumps of hair and loose strands.
- You may wish to dedicate some of your time to brushing your animals on a regular basis, especially if they are long-haired breeds. This can encourage moulting and will reduce the amount of loose hair that falls off on a daily basis.
What are your methods for cleaning pet messes and removing pet odours in your home?