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How to Remove Pet Odor from Carpet

Arjun Kulkarni Jun 6, 2019
Although cuddly and sweet, pets are often a pestilence in sanitation, even the trained ones. There are some ways to keep loving your pet without having to assault everyone's nose with the smell that it carries into the house and on to the carpet. Let's find out how to remove pet odor from the carpet.
The flip-side of having your pet pooch rove freely around the house is the mess that it will create. There are quite a few liabilities and apprehensions that a pet entails. You can train a pet as much as you like, but there will be times when it will just let go.
The problem will be exacerbated if the carpet starts stinking, inviting the dog for an 'option' much closer than anywhere else. A stinky carpet will attract fleas and repel guests instead of the other way round.
So, what to do if your pet decides to 'break free' on your precious rug? You can scarcely continue buying a new carpeting for your house. The only option left is to find ways to clean it yourself.

Removing Pet Odor

Well, first things first. Learn your lessons. Try keeping your pet away from carpeted rooms or don't let it linger there for too long.
  • The dirtying is best identified in its earliest stages, before the smell sets in. Be sure that you clean it as soon as possible. Just picking up the rubbish isn't going to help. Look around for the full extent of the damage.
  • It is important that you clean the stained spot using water extraction carpet cleaning machines or at least a special carpet shampoo machine. Make sure that you don't end up using ammonia-based cleaning agents, as they'll only worsen the smell. 
Ammonia resembles the smell of waste, so the dog might be misled into using the same spot again. Also, ensure that you don't use hair dryers or steamers, as they'll only fix the odors more strongly into the carpet.
  • You can use different types of deodorizers as per your choice. Deodorizing powder will keep it smelling fresh. On the other hand, you may also use vinegar on the spot. Baking soda is also a good deodorizer for those who prefer an unscented one.
  • Vacuum the spot again so as to ensure that the dirty water is absolutely sucked out. Sometimes, if the spot is not cleaned out soon enough, the urine seeps into the carpet and turns up later unexpectedly. This is called wicking.
  • An option to stop this is to place a thick old rag on the stained area and place something heavy on it. This will have a sponge effect on the wicking. But, ensure that the heavy thing kept on the rag isn't too valuable! You can also use electric air purifiers to clean out any lingering smells.
  • If all fails, then ring up a professional carpet cleaner.
We are sure you will not want this to happen again. So, search the cause why the dog dirtied the carpet in the first place. If this was a one-off thing, it is all right. However, if it turns into a routine, it needs to be curbed. Make sure that somebody is there when your pet wants to attend nature's call!
Sometimes, the dog might feel that the carpet is a suitable place to relieve itself owing to the smell. In that case, you should continue using deodorizers to discourage this myth.