Nasty odours caused by your dog can make your home an unpleasant place to be. While getting rid of the family dog is usually not a consideration, getting rid of his odours can be. And combating those odours can be difficult, but not impossible. Treating the fabrics and flooring with the right cleaning solutions and investing in an air purifier can help to rid your home of dog odour, and help you and your family breathe easier.
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Things you need
- Carpet cleaning professional
- Dog grooming wipes
- Dog grooming brushes and shampoos
- Vacuum cleaner bags
- Cleaners and deodorisers
- Air purifier
Wash and groom your dog regularly. Although frequent baths are not recommended, grooming wipes can be used to keep your dog's coat clean without having to submerge him in a tub full of water. Brushing will also help loosen dirt and is actually beneficial if done often.
Have your carpeting professionally cleaned whenever dog odour poses a problem. Carpet cleaning specialists use commercial equipment that is well equipped to handle stains and odours that are caused by dogs. Steam cleaners are sold at retail stores for home use, and can be effective, but lack the power and professional capabilities provided by commercial cleaners. Urine stains and odours left behind by your dog will continue to linger if your carpet is not treated properly, so consider a professional.
Change your vacuum cleaner bag frequently. If your vacuum is bagless, cleaning and disinfecting the canister will be helpful in reducing dog odour. While you are vacuuming your carpet, dirt, pet hair, dander and other odour-causing materials are entering your vacuum. Cleaning the filter, canister and the hoses and attachments from your vacuum will reduce dog odour and prevent it from re-entering your home’s environment every time you turn it on.
Open your windows and let the fresh air in. Clean air from the outdoors can relieve a stagnant home of its odours caused by the family dog. Even if it is cold outside, it is beneficial to all living things in your home to have freshly circulated air, so leave a few windows cracked.
Use an air purifier to remove odours caused by your dog. Hepa filters and ionisers can remove airborne odours from your home and reduce any unpleasant smells in the air or carpeting.
Try store brand deodorisers to help fight dog odours. Carpet powders and aerosol sprays are available to cover odours in a pinch. You can also try placing a fabric softener sheet in each of your heating or air conditioning vents. The forced air will circulate a pleasant smell throughout your home. Finally, candles and incense will also help rid your home of unpleasant pet odour, but remember that they will only be a temporary fix.
Tips and warnings
- You can also try using clothing detergent diluted with water, in a spray bottle. Tide has a strong lingering scent that can help to rid your home of dog odours if sprayed on carpeting, fabric furniture and drapes.
- If you plan to clean your carpets yourself using a retail steam cleaner, be sure that you thoroughly remove all of the water from your carpets! Any excessive water left behind can ruin your subfloor, causing it to warp. You also stand the chance of ruining your carpet and padding. An excessive amount of soap left behind by your steam cleaner can also cause dirt to be attracted to your carpet and cause further staining.
- Never leave candles or incense unattended.
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