Despite the issue of pet odor and pet stains. We are a country of people who love to cuddle with our furry friends. Not only do they cuddle with us on the sofa to watch TV, they snuggle with us in our beds, go on long holiday trips in the car, and even sit with us at a cafe’. Although, you may love your pup like a member of the family, you probably aren’t crazy about the way he or she makes your home smell. Its a battle for sure to eliminate dog-related odors. It is entirely possible to do so with a bit of effort and strategic planning. We’ll go over a few thing that you can do to help eliminate odor and pet odor and dander altogether.
1. Sweep and Mop Tile and Hardwood Floors
First and foremost thing you need to do when trying to make your home smell better is to remove all of the loose debris your pet creates. This includes hair, dirt and also pet dander. Its amazing what our pets can track in from playing outside. At first you must lightly sweep and mop the floors. Go slowly because, hair, dander and dust particles are very light. Sweep gently so that you don’t just end up kicking these light particles up into the air. Instead, try to sweep delicately, and slowly gather them to the trashcan with a dustpan frequently.
Once everything is swept up, go back and mop all of the hard surfaces to remove any of the dust and debris you missed while sweeping. Use something with a scent if you would like the room to have a nice smelling fragrance after you are done mopping. Try using a Swiffer for fast pet hair pick up
2. Vacuum the Carpets and Area Rugs
Your carpets hold an incredible amount of hair, dust, dirt, and dander. Its always best practice to vacuum every inch of carpet; including any area rugs. I know, I know, its so much fun vacuuming carpet but, it must be done in order to get out the odor. Once you’re done with the carpets, vacuum all of your furniture (be sure to get all of the cracks and crevices) and curtains with the appropriate attachments.
3. Have Your Carpets Steam Cleaned
Once you’ve cleaned up all the dry material from your carpets, you’ll want to have your carpets steam cleaned. In order to get out any odors that have become trapped in the carpet’s fibers, its going to take a deep carpet cleaning by a professional. Of course, you can rent a machine and try it on your own but, having a professional carpet cleaning service is ideal. Make sure that they use pet-friendly chemicals before starting. You’ll want to put your dog or dogs in the garage or the backyard during the carpet-cleaning process. Its also smart to make sure your pets are clean before letting them back onto the freshly cleaned carpet. Keep a close eye on dogs who like to mark their territory during this time, as the change in carpet odor can trigger them to attempt to remark their spots.
4. Pet Odor Perfume
If you notice an unpleasant odor coming from your favorite dog, your first instinct may be to give him a bath. However, if the odor is just plain ordinary dog body odor, too many baths may dry out his skin. This can cause irritation and make things quite uncomfortable . Homemade doggy cologne helps eliminate the pet odor problem and gets him smelling like the perfect pooch again. The best ingredients for homemade dog cologne are those that are natural and can benefit your dog’s skin and and not irritate it. Essential oils is how you do it. These oils have pleasant aromas to help eliminate pet odor problems all while providing aromatherapy. Not to mention, they have anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and even pest repellent qualities. Safe essential oils for your pooch that help eliminate odors include eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, peppermint and orange.
To make your dog’s cologne, you will need your essential oils, water and a spray bottle. Fill the spray bottle with water and add a few drops of oil (3-6 drops). Shake the bottle immediately before application to make certain it is mixed well. Spray on your dog’s coat and massage in. Be sure to monitor your dog for any possible allergic reaction. While these oils are safe for your pooch, like humans, some dogs have allergic reactions to certain products. If you notice your dog itching or see skin irritation, stop using immediately and try different oils in your mixture.
5. Change Air Filters
Clogged air filters won’t contribute much to pet odor problems. They can make your heating and cooling systems work much less efficiently for sure. Therefore, this will reduce the amount of air flowing through your house. Even if you aren’t very familiar with home improvement, changing air filters are quite easy to do. Just take out the old filter and bring it with you to your local hardware store. This will ensure you get the correct replacement filter. Be sure when you remove the old filters to place them directly into a trash bag. This will prevent the dust and debris that has accumulated on them from falling on your floors.
You can always purchase an air purifier. These purifiers can help pull some of the dust and dander out of the air. This will help keep your home smelling better. There are a number of different air purifiers available on the market. No need to break the bank trying the filter air out of the entire house. Although, there are high-end units that can pull air from very large spaces. Try to find one that specifically designed to help address pet odors problems. Also, air purifiers can remove dirt, dust, and harmful bacteria which can in turn make pets and everyone in the house sick a lot less often. Obviously, the higher-end purifiers will filter the most air. Always, do your homework!