Having pet odors in your carpeting can definitely cause some noses to turn up. As pet owners, it is very easy to become accustomed to the scent your pets leave in your carpets. However, when visitors enter the home, the scent literally smacks them right in the face! If you find people turning their heads as they walk in the door, it is probably time to do something about the odors in your carpeting.
Urine is probably the worst of all odors created by pets. Dog urine is bad enough, but cat urine seems to virtually impossible to remove without serious deep cleaning. Most pet stores will sell an enzymatic-based scent remover that literally eats away the odors created by your pets. This cleaner should be applied liberally to the area where the accident occurred and then covered with a piece of cardboard.
Allow the solution to sit covered for a full 24 hours. You may have to allow the area to dry after cleaning and reapply if the odors are really bad. The longer you are able to keep this area out of commission and allow the scent remover to work, the better.
Other Pet Odors
Another bad pet odor is that of wet fur. For instance, the dog is caught outside in a rainstorm and then comes galloping through the house. It will not take long for that musty smell to settle into the carpet or furniture.
In many cases, you can alleviate this odor by using a baking soda-based carpet cleaner. Sprinkle the powder over the area and allow it to settle for about an hour. Vacuum the area thoroughly. If the smell remains, repeat the process. If it still does not come out, it may be time to call in a professional.
When you are unable to do the job yourself, you will have to use a professional carpet cleaning company. Before contracting them, though, make sure they are aware of the specific problem you are having and that their cleaning methods will alleviate the problem. The best methods are extraction machines, as deep cleaners end up driving the odors deeper into the carpet and padding rather than removing them.