Pets are wonderful, aren’t they? They give us unconditional love and are always there when we need them. Unfortunately, they can also leave behind lingering smells that as their owners, we grow accustomed to in our homes. For others entering the home, however, the slight stench of wet dog or cat urine is enough to send them right back out the door.
Even if your home appears to be clean, underlying odors can deter homebuyers. If you’re trying to sell your home and you own a pet or two, make sure you aren’t inadvertently turning potential buyers away by banishing pet odors with these five tips.
1. Give Your Dog a Bath
The easiest way to ensure you don’t have any stinky pet smells in your home is to bathe your pet often. Once a month is good for most dogs, but if yours has an oily coat, it may require weekly or bi-weekly bathing.
If you have cats, they should be able to keep themselves clean unless there’s an underlying medical issue that prevents them from doing so.
2. Get Your Carpets Cleaned
Pet urine is very difficult to clean completely out of carpeting. Despite your best efforts, the smell can continue long after the visible signs of the mess are gone.
To get the smell out of the carpeting, rent a steam cleaner or hire a professional steam cleaning service to make sure the odor leaves forever.
3. Wash Your Bedding Regularly
Pets love to lay on beds, transferring their smell and who-knows-what-else onto the sheets, blankets, and pillows. Bathing your pet regularly helps keep this stuff at bay but washing any removable bedding will also make your home smell better.
Aside from washing the bedding, it’s recommended that you also wash your pillows, too. Simply throw your down and fiber-filled pillows in the washing machine.
4. Use a Fabric Freshener on Hard-to-Wash Fabrics
There is a plethora of fabric fresheners on the market today. For those hard-to-clean fabrics like furniture, mattresses, etc., vacuum the surface, spray a fine mist of fabric spray, and let dry.
5. Buy an Air Purifier
If everything else fails to get rid of lingering pet odors in your home, you should invest in an air purifier. While this method is more costly than the others, it is an effective way to remove odors and purify the air as it doesn’t require using any harmful chemicals to do so.
Some air purifiers use activated carbon to absorb odors and others use odor neutralizing agents to get rid of them. Prices vary significantly, so do some comparison shopping to find one that fits your budget.
We love our pets, so it’s common to become accustomed to their scent. For people entering your home for the first time, the lingering pet smells could be enough to turn them away. If you’re selling your home, be sure to use the tips outlined above to banish pet odors that could deter potential buyers.