Fido may not always do as he should, and if his mistakes include not going outside, your carpet may be the one suffering for it. These unfortunate accidents lead to stains and odors that can be tough to get rid of, no matter how much elbow-grease you might apply.
Here are four ways to take care of the unwanted odors that dog mishaps may leave behind:
The best thing you can do to avoid odors is to clean up the mess as soon as humanly possible. This can be frustrating for those with elderly dogs or difficult-to-train puppies who may have frequent accidents.
Nevertheless, in the case of pet urine, it is crucial not to let it soak into the carpet and then begin to dry there, leaving the odor behind, embedded in the carpet pad. Blot the carpet as dry as possible. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing, which can help the odor adhere to carpet fibers.
Pet odor neutralizer
Carpet cleaners are not the way to go at this point. Instead, start with a pet odor product designed to work with their unique organic messes and stains. These neutralizers work differently, breaking down biological matter that not only contribute to staining, but also invite pets to re-offend in the same area.
Unlike typical carpet products, these are less harsh and contain less chemical and will not attract your pet’s attention the way other cleaning products may.
Natural cleaning products
Since synthetic cleansers can cause a number of problems, including a dog trying to reduce the chemical scent by covering it with the smell of more urine, you need some alternatives. Cool water followed by copious blotting or use of a wet-vac is an excellent first step.
After that, water with white vinegar may be sufficient to manage any remaining stain or odor. If you have a truly pernicious odor, such as those that can remain following diarrhea clean-up, you may have only two alternative left: remove the carpet or call a professional.
Sometimes, the cleverest decision you can make is to ask an expert to remove those lingering and seemingly unconquerable pet odors. Experience is an excellent teacher.
Plus professional-grade cleaners and equipment give the pros an edge that usually makes a huge difference in the outcome. That is, they can get the odor out, even where you might have failed before.
Dog odors and stains can be a huge problem, but these four tricks can help you manage them without sending your precious dog to the pound or your carpet to the dump.
Information provided by Grimebusters Ltd.
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