How to Remove Pet Odors from Your Home’s Carpets

It is a truth universally acknowledged that pets are messy; cleaning up after pets comes with the territory. Knowing how to properly remove pet odors from homes makes the experience of owning a pet all the more enjoyable and rewarding. Here are some common remedies for removing pet odors from the carpets.



New Stains

The sooner you can get to a pet stain on carpet, the better- since urine left on carpets can permanently damage the dye and the odors can be absorbed. To treat a new stain, start by removing any solid residue with a straight edge. Then, alternate scrubbing the area with soapy water and blotting the stain with a clean, damp cloth.

Set Stains

If pet stains have been in the carpet for a longer period of time, odors can become more set. For these set-in stains, it may be necessary to bring in a wet vacuum. However, it is important to avoid using strong chemicals when using a wet vacuum: your pet may feel the need to return to the spot and cover up any strong chemical odors on its own.

Regular Carpet Cleaning

Cleaning your carpet regularly can keep away other pet odors that can leave your home with an unpleasant smell. Vacuuming your carpet once a week can go a long way in keeping pet odors out and keeping your home smelling fresh. At least once a month, sprinkle a carpet freshener on the entire area of your carpet (make sure to use one without chemicals that can harm your pet; baking soda is a great option). Allow the freshener to set for about fifteen minutes, then finish by thoroughly vacuuming your carpet.