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How to Remove Pet Stains and Odors from Carpets

Posted on December 30th, 2010 by

You finally got your hands on the closing papers that say this house is all yours. As you eagerly move in all your stuff, you notice a strange scent. The closer you get to the carpets, the stronger the stench. You knew the seller of your current home had pets, but you had no idea that the smell in here was this bad. If only you had included “Pet Odor Removal” in your closing contract…

Now that you are moving into a home that reeks of pet urine, sweat, and who-knows-what-else, you have to do something about the offensive smell. Here are a few tips to help you get rid of pet odors in your new home:

Vacuum All Rooms with Carpets
Your first course of action is to completely vacuum up any left over remnants from the previous occupants. Don’t leave any corner out of your vacuuming plans. Some pet owners love spoiling their pooches and kitties with a room of their own, so make sure you’re thorough with every room.

Use a Wet-Vac with Special Pet Odor Formula
Next, you’re going to rent a wet vacuum to get a majority of the smell out. Usually a wet-vac gets the odor out. When you sign the papers for your rental, make sure you ask what options they have for pet odor formulas. Great brands to rent from include Rug Doctor, Bissell, and Hoover.

Grab a Sponge and Start Wiping the Walls
Some dogs are fond of marking up the walls, as are some male cats. To get rid of the smell further, wipe down all the walls in the carpeted rooms. You want to use a multi-purpose cleaner that smells fresh and strong, such as Fabuloso or Fantastik. Pay close attention to where the carpet meets the wall, since pets like those areas the most.

Buy a Bucket of Paint
Nothing gets rid of a smell better than a coat of fresh paint. That’s because the smell of paint sticks around for days after the first application. If paint doesn’t get rid of the odor, you’ll have to move on to the next step.

Take Out the Carpet
Some pet odors are stubborn and simply can’t be removed. If you find yourself in this worse case scenario, you have no choice but to remove the carpet.

Pet odors are difficult to deal with, but with the right amount of patience, you’ll be well on your way to making your new house smell as fresh as can be.

Tags: carpet cleaning, moving, removing pet odor

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