How to Get Rid of Pet Odors in the Carpet

Posted in: June 16, 2021

How to Eliminate Pet Odors in the Carpet

We all love our furry friends, but they don’t always make the best roommates, especially when it comes to their smells.

Pet odors in the carpet are almost inevitable when you get a dog, cat, or another animal companion. They’re prone to accidents when they’re young, and when they’re old. They’re also likely to be bringing odors into your home on their fur when they go out for walks. The key is knowing how to tackle the odors and get rid of the smells that can end up on your carpet.

It’s time to bid farewell to the bad scent emanating from your upholstery or rug. Explore all of the items you need to start cleaning thoroughly, and a guide to getting rid of all kinds of pet smells.

Items You’ll Need to Start Cleaning

There’s no point in even starting the cleaning process if you don’t have the right supplies. You need to take a two-pronged approach, both by cleaning the source of the stain and then neutralizing any odors that might have worked their way into the air.

Make sure you have the following things to hand:

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Water
  • Paper towels
  • Odors Away spray bottle or aerosol as your #1 odor remover
  • Baking soda
  • Ammonia
  • Extracting wet vacuum cleaner (optional)
  • Blankets to dry the area

Step-by-Step Guide for Getting Rid of Pet Odors

Step One: Track Down The Source

Where is that smell coming from? It could be that your dog has had an accident. It might be very obvious where the pee is and therefore simple to isolate. However, in some scenarios, it could be less clear, especially if the stain isn’t brand new. If you can’t locate it through look and smell alone, you could opt to use a blacklight to find the stain.

Step Two: Soak Up The Nasties

Once you’ve worked out the source of the smell, it is time to soak up and remove as much as you possibly can. Use paper towels to dab away at urine or vomit to remove as much as is feasible from the carpet. It’s a good idea to use a high-quality towel with strong absorption.

Step Three: Add a Quick Cleaning Solution

You can make an air purifier solution incredibly easily, without using too many foul chemicals. Combine a 50:50 ratio of water and apple cider vinegar in a bowl. Use this to douse the area, gently dabbing with fresh paper cloths. The acidity in the vinegar neutralizes any of the bacteria in your pet’s pee, which means less of an odor. Leave the solution for five minutes so that it can have an impact. It needs to work its way into the smell and react with the bacteria.

Carpet cleaner may need to be enlisted as one of your go-to pet odor eliminators whenever you need a proven formula to get it out of the fibers and fabric of your carpets.

There are cleaning solutions that can be applied to the carpet itself. You can easily find a number of alternatives for this, but they don’t necessarily do anything that dish soap and vinegar won’t, and they may not be as effective when it comes to neutralizing the smells. That’s where Odors Away comes in.

Step Four: Add Baking Soda

Sprinkle a tablespoon of baking soda onto the vinegar. You’ll see a reaction between the two! This is another line of defense, giving more neutralization against the bacteria in the pee (or worse) that the dog has left behind.

After this, rinse with water and if you have an extracting vac that can pick up water, you can use this to help dry and remove anything left. If not, it is time to get more paper towels and dab away the water.

Step Five: Neutralize Leftover Smells With Odors Away

Even if you scrub and scrub for hours, you won’t completely get rid of the smell. That’s because particles are released into the air, which causes a lingering smell.

The only way to tackle this is to actually neutralize the odor, trapping the molecules that cause the smell. That’s exactly what you can do with an Odors Away spray can. They’re convenient enough to sit in your bag, or in the kitchen, so you can grab it whenever needed. A simple spray in the area will not just cover up the smell, it will totally remove it.

Some poor-quality “air fresheners” don’t actually neutralize the particles that are causing the smell. Instead, all they will do is cover it with another smell.

What’s the Difference between Treating New Stains and Old Stains?

Old stains can present you with some unique challenges. It’s definitely better to try and get to stains as quickly as you can. When your dog or cat decides to use the carpet as a toilet, it’s very frustrating, but if you see it then at least you can act quickly.

Sometimes, four-legged friends can be sneakier. They might leave the smell when you’re not looking or find a specific area where they like to go. Unless you really have gone nose blind, you will know when there is a stale odor around.

It’s not a fun job, but it could be time to get on doggy eye level and have a sniff around. You’ll know when you get close. The stain might be discolored, and a blacklight can help.

The process is very similar to that above, but with a little more intensity. You may need to scrub more. If you have a persistent and resilient stain that you don’t think is going anywhere then it might be time to really start scrubbing A scrub brush can be used along with your vinegar and water solution, before you add the baking soda.

If you wish, you can also add dish soap and a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to pour onto the stain. Be careful, as this might not be the best thing for your carpet, but it is better than a pee stain. Pat the area dry, and then once the substances have had time to react, use water and paper towels to dab any residue away.

This deals with the stain itself, sure, but there are still likely to be persistent smells. This is the problem that most people struggle most to resolve. Luckily, Odors Away can be just as effective against even the smells that have had time to bed in. You can use the aerosol to great effect in this situation, but there is an alternative method for those really stubborn and strong smells.

A small dropper bottle of concentrated Odors Away is available. All you have to do is release a few drops onto a glass or ceramic item, and the substance will continue to release into the air and neutralize the odor-causing particles. A combination of this and aerosol can be used in circumstances where the smell is still lingering.


Are pet urine stains permanent?

Because urine is warm and acidic, it is ideal for the bacteria within to start to spread, breed, and stink out your room. These bacteria cause the smell, but they can also react with the carpet and cause a change in color. If they oxidize then the stain has more chance of being permanent. The quicker you can address the stain, the better.

Fortunately, the odors don’t have to be permanent. Using Odors Away effectively makes those particles invisible, and you can no longer smell the urine or fecal particles that are released into the air. As long as you tackle the stain itself, the smell can be eliminated completely.

In theory, pet stains certainly don’t have to be permanent, but the longer you leave them, the higher the chances of discoloration, and the worse the reaction gets in the air, and in your carpet itself, causing more offensive odors.

How do you get old dog urine out of carpet?

Our step-by-step guide above is ideal for fresh dog urine, and even if there are slightly older, dried-out stains, a bit more scrubbing and the addition of some peroxide and cleaning soap can help.

Urine is a very offensive smell. Try to address any stains quickly and get rid of the source of the smell, the urine itself. Remember to dab, not to wipe and spread the urine around.

Eliminating the urine and eliminating the smell can be two different tasks, so be sure to use an aerosol to tackle the smell that can be stuck in the room even after the stain has been cleaned.

What kills pet odor in the carpet?

The odor comes from the acidity within urine, and the bacteria within urine, feces, and other nasty pet odors. It could even be something that your pup has dragged in after a run in the yard. So, to kill the pet odor, make sure you address both of these issues. Baking soda and vinegar are amazing tools to neutralize the odors that come from urine. Cleaning products such as dish soap can be used to kill bacteria, and vacuums are a great tool for sucking away what’s left. Whatever has been released into the air can be left to your Odors Away spray or concentrate, which can continue to tackle the aroma even when you’ve dealt with the carpet.

Thorough cleaning and something to tackle stubborn smells left in the air are both essential steps to kill pet odor, from wet dog smell to urine.

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