How to Remove Pet Odours From Surfaces in Your Home?

a man with his dog pet

You will inevitably have to tackle a pet-created mess if you have a pawed buddy at home, or even a pawless one. The livelier your pet companion is, the higher the maintenance work you need to do for a cleaner residence.

Wondering how you can combat some of the odours left behind? Let’s take a look at a few things you need to know!

Identify the source

First and foremost, you need to identify where the odour is coming from. In most cases, this would be relatively easy. Is it the couch, is it the carpet, is it the bed, or maybe the floor?

What causes the odour? Was your pet answering nature’s call? In some cases, your pet might forget any potty training, or if you need to take them out for a walk, it could be an error on your part.

Maybe your dog was chewing on something of yours and now a surface is completely covered with their saliva? Or was maybe running about your yard and bringing nature right between the walls of your home?

Let’s look at a few possible odour types that your pet may leave behind and how to take care of them.

Pet hair on surfaces in your home

Pet hair and dander can make their way onto your carpet, and eventually cause it to smell well. A broom and a vacuum cleaner are your best friends in this situation. If the pet hair has gone deep into any surfaces you might have to rely on a wet cloth to get out and loosen up as much as you can from it.

A good way of preventing odour caused by pet hair on surfaces of your home is by grooming your pet friend regularly, so as little hair as possible ever gets the chance to land on these surfaces. Regular baths are a great way of reducing the intensity of any odours emitting from fallen pet hair too.

With the pet hair removed airing the room or using a special spray to combat the odour, or even relying on baking soda – which works wonders for cleaning and odour removal – will rid your surfaces of the odour.

pet owner with a cat

Pet pee and poop stains odours

Removing poo and pee odours is a little bit trickier to tackle. It is essential to catch the staining as soon as it occurs, to remove the odour more effectively. Poo stains are generally easier to deal with than pee ones. Here is what you have to do:

  • When your pet has conducted their business on any type of surface, you first need to dry the spot off by using a dry tissue and carefully soaking it up in the same spot, without spreading the pee stain.
  • Once you have dried the spot, baking soda is probably the best home remedy you can use. Spreading baking soda over a pee spot will soak up the remaining moisture and will also deal with the odour to a degree. Let the baking soda sit for a bit.
  • In case the spot has been there for a while you will have to loosen it up by rinsing it with hot water and vinegar combination. Try to rinse only the spot soak up a bit of it and then sprinkle baking soda over it.
  • Carefully wipe away the baking soda after 10-15 mins.
  • If the odour persists, applying vinegar and baking soda combination over the spot for half an hour will neutralise any remaining odours.
  • Alternatively, you could also use an enzymic cleaner which can break down any molecules causing the unpleasant odour.


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