Here are some insider tips for dealing with unpleasant pet stains and odors.
Keeping pets can be exciting, yet very exhausting at the same time. It takes a great amount of patience, skill, and perseverance to keep up with the responsibilities of having furry companions. Cleaning up their messes without the house ending up blotched with unpleasant stains and reeking of excrements. Here are some insider tips for home cleaning that may come in handy for pet owners.
Using Stain Removers
You could simply buy a synthetic stain remover from any of the thousands of companies that sell them. This could be done by visiting your local pet store or via online shopping from the comforts of home. Among the many benefits of using such a product are:
The removers come in gel and powder form. Depending on what type of stain you want to remove and the animal causing it, proper removers should be chosen. Both dog and cat owners can pick whichever suits them best.
They are designed to properly remove the deepest of smudges. Simply mixing them with water and rubbing the affected area is enough to remove any stain.
They help in not making the matter worse, as sometimes dogs and cats tend to mark on the same spot with urine if the nasty smell isn’t removed quickly enough. Besides, furniture and carpets no longer stay unsightly.
How to Make a Homemade Stain Remover
For some people, it is easier to prepare a solution at home with affordable ingredients. After trying and testing, a recipe has been created for this purpose. A solution of 2 cups of lukewarm water, 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap, 1 tablespoon of salt, and half a cup of vinegar applied to the soiled area seems to do the trick. Repeat the process until the stain disappears. Also, adding a citrus extract to the mixture helps deter the pets from excreting there again, especially cats.
Getting Rid of Odors
In order for you to remove the foul smells caused by your pets once and for all, there are actually a number of things you could do. One option is to buy an odor eliminator, usually in the form of a spray or ground-up form. You can also prepare one yourself if you do not want to buy an odor eliminator. There are also different measures one could take such as:
- Pet odors tend to seep into fabrics. Washing or dry-cleaning any coverings, curtains, and pet bedding certainly helps. Steam-cleaning any upholstered furniture should also contribute to removing any smells.
- Apart from odor-neutralizing products, wood floor cleaners, bleach, and antiseptics can be used on hard surfaces like cement floors and walls.
- In case of dirty carpets, asking professionals for help is the ideal course of action. If the stench lingers, consider removing or replacing the carpets altogether.
- Another way to deal with this problem is to simply open the windows and let fresh air circulate the interior for some time. It should make breathing less unbearable.
- If the heavy-duty cleaning fails to eradicate smells from drywall, woodwork, or plaster, then add a new coat of paint or wallpaper. It may help odors from resurfacing.
How to Make a Homemade Odor Remover
If the above-mentioned procedures are not feasible for you or you are worried that artificial products may contain harmful chemicals for your pets, then you could just add vinegar to wherever animal waste is present. It is a natural deodorizing agent that removes stale odors brought about by food, mustiness, and pet accidents. Vinegar can also be sprayed into the air or where the pet sleeps. As it dissipates, it removes offending odors.
Baking soda can also be extremely effective. Sprinkle it on the damp area and leave it there overnight for maximum odor absorption. In the morning, vacuum it up to remove the smell completely.
As the saying goes: “Care is better than cure,” it is obviously more convenient to prevent pets from causing bad smells and stains in the first place. There are a number of procedures that narrow the possibility of such an event occurring, for example:
Setting strict boundaries and limitations for cats and dogs helps in preventing such mishaps. Certain rooms or areas of the house can be made inaccessible to the pets, for example, the bedroom, to prevent future home cleaning.
- Pets should be potty-trained, preferably from a young age. For dogs, they should be guided to urinate in the backyard, far from inside the house.
For cats, their litter box should be cleaned regularly with new litter being added every day.
- Laying down clear rules and regulations for your animals also contributes to the process. Reprimanding them when they’ve done something wrong may help discourage bad habits. Whereas praising them for following orders may lead them to understand to not spread waste where they’re not supposed.
- The diets of your furry friends must also be kept in check. A sudden change in type or quantity of food may upset their stomach which can lead to vomiting. This not only creates visible and detectable problems for the owner but also health issues for the animal.
- Birds, like parrots, should mostly be kept in cages so their excrements stay limited to the confines of the cage and are cleaned easily.
- Cats and dogs can also be neutered or spayed once of mature age, as this stops their heat cycle and the need to mark “territories” with urine.
- Most importantly, pets should be kept clean to prevent smelly odors from emerging from their bodies. They should be groomed regularly to get rid of old fur and bathed once a month, as recommended by vets.
Here are just a few tips, which hopefully help you handle pet stains and odors. It is important to properly and effectively clean up after your pets. Training your furry friends is the best option and can vastly reduce the amount of stains and odors you will have to clean.