Dealing with Pet Odor

Pets. If you have them, you love them. They have their downsides, but for so many people, the downside is far outweighed by the upside. Dogs, cats, birds and so many more. They bring joy to our lives, but are definitely not easy on our carpets. One thing that a lot of people fight against with their carpets is pet odor, whether it is getting rid of it, or preventing it. Regular carpet cleaning helps with this, but if you only get your carpets cleaned once a year (or less often), you should tackle the problem at home, throughout the year, as well.

The biggest cause of pet odor in carpets is pet urine. Even if your pet is housetrained (whether a dog who waits to go outside, or a cat who uses a litter box), accidents happen. The most important thing to remember when cleaning up after their pets is to do it as soon as you become aware of the spot. The longer it sits, the worse it becomes.

Pet urine is both acidic and alkaline in nature, so you need to combat both qualities in order to address the odor. Start by getting as much as possible up with a cloth by blotting. When the cloth is not getting any more up, sprinkle the spot with baking soda and let it sit overnight. The next day, vacuum up the baking soda and apply a strong vinegar wash. If you have pets, we recommend having this already made up: mix 1 gallon of water with 2 cups of white distilled vinegar. Apply the vinegar wash and then use a cloth to blot up as much of the moisture as possible. When done, rinse the area with water and then blot up as much of the moisture as possible. This should take care of the odor.

To help address old stains and existing pet odor, call Perfect Pear Carpet Cleaning today. We would love to help.

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