We all love our pets. We love the companionship they give us. We love the way they greet us when we get home. We love the love they give us.
What we don’t love are the pet stains and the pet odors that are all too often a part of the pet life!
Pet odors come in many forms. From the general smell of the dog or cat to urine or other accidents, odors can stay around for a long time.
If you have a pet that is causing stains and odors, what do you do?
- Find the odor at the source
Make sure you identify where the true source of the odor is as well as find ALL stained areas or odor-problem areas. This is especially important because animals mark their territory. If they smell urine, they will continue to soil that specific area.
- Soak up as much of the accident as possible.
Use paper towels to soak up as much of the liquid as possible. You will want to press firmly with the towels to absorb all you can.
- Clean and deodorize the areas by using special products with enzymes.
When possible, use enzyme-based products. Enzyme cleaners release active bacteria that feed on ammonia residues left behind in pet urine and other organic materials. These types of cleaners really are the only products that work with pet odors and pet stains.
- Allow the spot to dry completely.
- Vacuum the area(s).
Once the spot or spots are dry, you will want to vacuum as much as possible.
- Extra help.
If the stain is set, you may need to flush the area with water and have a water extractor. You may also need other types of cleaners to remove the stain.
A few notes:
- Never use a steam cleaner. Many companies use steam cleaners to try and get rid of the stains and odors. This is one of the worst things you can do. The heat from a steam cleaner will permanently set the stain and odor. While it may appear to be working in the short term, the stain and the odor will come back.
- A tip from the Humane Society: Do NOT to use heavy cleaning chemicals, like ammonia or vinegar. They don’t remove the odor, and the strong scent of the chemicals may entice your dog to mark “his” area again.
- In addition to carpet and upholstery, make sure all other items are cleaned. If there are blankets or other items that can be washed, wash those. The key is to remove all odors to prevent your pet from continuing the action.
Have pet stains and pet odors you can’t get rid of? Call us! 727-394-2942