Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Simple Solutions for Tough Pet Odor

Here are some easy and simple solutions for clearing up pet odor.


  • Step 1:Urine odors are certainly the most prevalent and some of the most difficult odors to remove from the home. Even after you think you have removed the odor, it often reappears to offend you and guests as well. For offensive urine odors on fabrics, such as pillows or clothing, try pre-treating the item with an enzyme laundry product. Soak in some water water, and add in the enzymes. These are widely available in pet supply stores. After soaking the item, launder using bleach or color safe bleach as needed.


  • Step 1:Treating urine odors in upholstery can be particularly challenging. Attempt to blot up as much of the urine as possible. Place some old towels between the upholstery and the cushion if possible. Press down on these towels with a heavy weighted object to help with absorption. Once you have removed the bulk of the urine stain and wetness, tackle the odor. Use a small amount of liquid hand dishwashing liquid with two cups of cold water. Sponge the stain with this mixture, then blot until all of the liquid is completely absorbed. Repeat as necessary to remove the odor. Use some cool water on a sponge, apply to the area and blot dry.


  • Step 1:Carpet is another challenge when it comes to removing the smell of urine. Often the urine penetrates the backing on the carpet, and may even get to the carpet padding, causing an almost impossible situation. Blot up the moisture as well as you can with a clean cloth, repeating until the area is as dry as possible. Again, you will want to mix some dishwashing liquid with water, but this time add in one tablespoon of white vinegar. This helps to neutralize the urine smell. Apply generously to the urine area and blot until absorbed. Repeat as needed, until the odor is eliminated. Sponge with some cold water and blot dry.


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