Pet Odours – The Cause
What is the cause of pet odours? We all love pets! However they can also unfortunately bring unpleasant odours into the home that are undesirable and can lessen the happiness our pets bring us. Animals have natural smells that are not pleasant to humans, especially animal urine, and therefore any animal that lives in the home has the potential to cause extremely bad smells to your household, and over time these smells can become engrained in the carpets and upholsteries. As previously mentioned, animal urine is one of the worst offenders when it comes to bad pet odours and is coincidently one of the worst to remove, these bad urine smells often occur when the pets are young and untrained, but they can also occur from pets getting too old and losing bladder control. If one of your pets urinates in the home, no matter how quickly you can manage to clean the infected area the smell will stick and linger for a long while. There are a number of other causes of bad smells from animals, including bad breath, sweat, shedding fur, wet animal, and poor hygiene. More often than not the people who actually notice the bad smells in the house are guests, as with any odour if you are exposed to it for a certain amount of time the body adjusts and the smell becomes unnoticeable . Luckily there are a number of ways to tackle these issues from home made remedies, the use of professional odour neutraliser “PowAir” which completely neutralises the smell, but by far the best method to having an odour free home is prevention.
Pet Odours – The Prevention
What can I do to prevent Pet odours? The best method for a odour free home is without doubt to prevent the smell from happening in the first place, or preventing the smell from reoccurring. Pet odours often become engrained into carpets and materials and bearing this in mind for a beautifully clean smelling home carpets should be replaced with laminate or wood flooring, where the odourous molecules cannot be absorbed. If your pet has urinated on a carpet in the home then you need to act quickly to soak up as much of the pet urine as possible and clean the infected area, however regardless of how quick you manage to achieve this it is very unlikely that you will be able to prevent any smell and an odour neutraliser such as the PowAir Spray would be required. To prevent such occurrences your pet should be given plenty of chances to go outside to the toilet or increased amounts of litter trays should be placed in the home.
One of the most appalling smells a dog can produce is that of bad breath and it can often prevent you even sitting in the same room. Almost always the cause of the bad breath in the dogs is gum disease and decaying teeth, this can be prevented by feeding the dogs dried food and from time to time teeth cleaning bones, along with more frequent trips to the veterinary.
Animals by nature get up to all manner of things when outside and taken on walks, and they often come back covered in offensive odours. Regular grooming of your pet will help reduce such odours and there should be a regular washing regime.
Pet Odours – The Removal
How can I remove pet odours if they have already penetrated the home? You can prevent pet smells all you want but if they are already prevalent in the home then this won’t really make much good. If odours have already penetrated the home then you will need to remove the odours from the air in order to have a nice smelling home again. This can be done by a number of ways.
One way is to remove the source of the odour from the home, for example if animal urine has soaked through the carpet and in to the underlay it may be necessary to completely change the carpet and underlay in order to get rid of the smell. However as many of the sources of bad odours come direct from the dog this is often not an option that cab be taken.
Aside from removing the source of the odour, the other way to remove the smell from the air is to neutralise the odourous particles. This can be done in a couple of ways, either through the use of a professional odour neutralisation agent or through making home remedies, which are free but obviously have no where near the odour neutralisation strength of the professional counterparts.
PowAir is the original and the best in odour treatment. This product is a professional grade odour neutralisation agent available at consumer level. The product is not a masking agent unlike many other “odour neutralisers” but is a real odour neutraliser, physically bonding with the odourous molecules to render them null and inert and permanently removing the smell from the air, quickly. What’s more the product is 100% non toxic and is safe to use around people pets and plants, meaning you can use the spray directly on the pets fur if necessary without causing any harm to the animal using the PowAir Spray. With an array of different forms sizes and ways to dispense there is almost certainly an PowAir product fit for your needs.
As mentioned there are home remedies that can be used in situations of bad smells in the household using products from around the household. One such method is using baking soda and vinegar to remove the smells, although as previously mentioned, these methods are a lot less effective than using an odour neutraliser.
Distilled White Vinegar and Water
An effective cheap cleaning solution you can use to remove pet odours in your household is through using distilled white vinegar. The acidic property of vinegar makes it a good deodorising tool, as it kills bacteria, mould, mildew and soap scum. It is mild enough not to cause skin irritations and is versatile enough to use on kitchen work surfaces, sinks, tubs, wooden floors, carpets and upholstery.
When it comes to using vinegar for pet odour removal, a dilution of 50% vinegar and 50% warm water is advisable. First, blot fresh pet stains and then rinse the stains with cold water and blot again. Then douse a hand towel in the vinegar and water mixture, and wipe the stains in a circular motion–the sooner after the stain was made, the better.
Baking soda can also be used in pet odour removal. After you’ve used vinegar and water on a pet stain, sprinkle the area with baking soda and, if on carpet or upholstery, use a scrub brush to work the baking soda into the fabric.
You can also make using baking soda as a deodoriser a weekly or daily routine. Sprinkle carpets, rugs and upholstery with baking soda, wait a few minutes and vacuum away. This regular freshening routine will attack even simple pet odours like pet hair and dander, and it will help keep pet odours from permeating the apartment.