Remove Pet Odors From Carpets

Pet odors can be a very unpleasant “side benefit” of pet ownership…

While it’s true that Fido is your best friend, his doggie dander shedding hair and occasional “accidents” can make him hard to live with.

Whether its Fido or Felix the cat, pet odors can turn your home from a sanctuary into a smelly cesspool faster than you can say Jack Rabbit.

What to do?

First, forget the ammonia, forget the Clorox, forget the Mr. Clean and all the other products for general home cleaning. Just don’t waste your time. Sure you can remove dog pee from the kitchen floor with a regular kitchen floor cleaner… but it won’t do the one thing that will change the situation: remove the smell so even your pets cannot smell it.

See, pets go where they smell it is “okay” to go… and if that upstairs hall closet was previously a “watering spot” even for an animal who lived in the house before your time… Felix and Fido will not only know it, they’ll show you they know it by using the same spot themselves…

So before you get too hot and bothered at your pet, realize that it could be a natural response to an existing problem that is outside” your olfactory abilities to perceive.

Now what to do about it?

Start smart and finish fast: use a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution in a spray bottle and thoroughly saturate the area. Let stand. After at least 30 minutes, spray again, and then spread a paste of baking soda and 3 percent hydrogen peroxide over the area and let stand until dry. This may take overnight. Vacuum when dry.

Sodium percarbonate (dry hydrogen peroxide) can also work to help eliminate the residual odor. It is sold as oxobrite; oxyclean or pick it up at the chemicalstore.com in 2 pound buckets for about 4 dollars each plus shipping. Use it as a paste and allow to dry.

For serious persistent odors, you may need to get an odor neutralizing product to apply after the cleaning is all done. Look for products which contain zeolite powder or pick up some zeolite granules. You may want to place a sachet of zeolite crystals in the area (particularly if its a closet or small enclosed space. This will remove residual odors long term and can be placed in sunlight every so often to recharge its odor “sucking” power.

One thing to remember… if your pet is “going” in the house… there is usually a reason: either old odors are attracting it; or there are other stresses upsetting the animal or, it is possible there is a medical problem that your vet can help you resolve. But in most cases, it’s simply a matter of the nose knows.. and since our pets can detect odors much more subtle than those we perceive, your best bet is to neutralize all pet odors in the home and any areas where your pet seems prone to want to “go” indoors.

Can’t smell it.. how do I find it? Use a black light. Works great!


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