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How to Remove Pet Odors in the Home

We all love our pets, but we don’t always love the smells they leave behind! Find out how to remove pet odors from your home with this handy guide.

Pets are such fun to have around, but keeping a furry friend means you also need to take extra care to maintain the cleanliness of your home. Eliminating pet odor, so friends and family feel comfortable visiting your home, comes high on the home maintenance list. We’ve put together this guide to removing pet odors so you can be sure to get the job done quickly and with the minimum amount of fuss.

Identify the Main Sources of Pet Smell in Your Home

If you want to learn how to get rid of pet smells, you need to consider where they come from in the first place, and know exactly where to clean to keep your home smelling fresh.

Pet odors can come from:

  • Indoor litter trays
  • Dirty cages or tanks
  • Soft furnishings and bedding where pets have a spent a long time sitting or lying down
  • Hair shedding and malting
  • Sweating and scent marking
  • Pet health issues

To remove pet odors from your home you need to:

  • Empty litter trays, cages, and tanks regularly. Disinfect where possible to keep smelly germs at bay.
  • Clean soft furnishings and bedding regularly (see below).
  • Frequently vacuum soft furnishings, carpets and floors to pick up hair.
  • Wash tiled, wooden, or lino floors with a disinfectant to remove sweat and scent marking secretions.
  • Take your pet for regular check-ups at the vet to catch any underlying health issues.

How to Eliminate Pet Odors from Soft Furnishings

It’s tricky to know how to get pet smell out of soft furnishings, since cats and dogs love to spend lots of time sitting or lying down on comfy chairs and sofas, but if you use the straightforward method below at least once a week, you’ll soon have it under control.

  1. First, you need to give the chair or sofa a thorough vacuum to get rid of any hair or skin cells that have adhered to the surface of the fabric.
  2. Next, sprinkle your pet’s favourite area with baking soda and leave it to absorb any unsavoury smells over night.
  3. Vacuum up the baking soda the next day and then examine the area for any obvious stains that could be causing the smell.
  4. Spot treat marks with a moist clean cloth and liquid detergent. Blot instead of rub the stain to lift all the dirt off.
  5. Remove any residual smells with a commercial deodorizer specifically designed for soft furnishings.

How to Get Rid of Pet Odor from Bedding & Clothes

The simplest way to get bedding and clothes smelling nice and fresh is to put them in the washing machine with a high quality detergent like Breeze! Wherever possible, wash duvets, pillow covers, and blankets in your washing machine according to the care label and the instructions on the side of the detergent bottle. You should take any large specialist items like rugs to your local dry cleaning professional.


Top Tip

Be prepared! Keep a room deodorizer or scented candle at hand for removing or masking pet smells whenever unexpected guests drop by your home.

Key Steps:

  • Identify the main smelly areas in your home.
  • Clean smelly bedding with a good quality detergent like Breeze.
  • Use a commercial deodorizer to eliminate any residual smells.