You don’t have to be a dog lover to experience problems with frustratingly persistent dog odor lingering on carpets, tiles, and other flooring in your home. Elderly dogs or former tenants who didn’t properly train or appropriately let their dogs out can leave a stinky- but often invisible mess behind. Many new home owners or puppy owners scrub and scrub at spots with various cleaners but never quite eliminate the smell.
Why Removing the Odor Matters
Odors from dog waste can linger even after the mess and any lingering stain on the carpet is visibly removed. The lingering odors can seriously affect air quality and incite otherwise housebroken dogs to lift a leg and “mark” over the smell. Air fresheners might help the human nose not to notice the dog odor, dogs will still pick up the smell strongly.
How to Locate the Source of Dog Odor
Sometimes the source of dog odor is abundantly clear in the appearance of stained carpet, discolored grout between tiles, or damaged hardwood flooring. For more difficult to locate smells, or when cleaning the obvious stains doesn’t remove the odor, you may want to employ the use of a blacklight. A basic black-light bulb held 1-2 foot above the floor in a very dark room will illuminate urine stains without needing any additional chemicals. Mark off spots discolored by the blacklight with masking tape so you can address the correct area when the lights are turned back on.
Don’t neglect checking baseboards, furniture, and the lower section of walls for discoloration. When male dogs mark they tends to mark something upright- typically furniture but occasionally walls and corners.
How to Really get the Dog Odor Gone
Removing dog odors from carpets can be a frustrating task because average cleaners are not designed to break down the enzymes in dog urine. However, using the right cleaners makes removing dog odors easy.
To spot clean areas that have a dog or dog urine odor, you’ll need a cleaner called Nature’s Miracle. Liberally spray or drip cleaner onto the area, and follow directions cleaning the spot. Nature’s Miracle is the brand nealy every professional uses. The vast majority of kennels, trainers, and breeders all swear by it- because it really works (and has a money back guarantee). Nature’s Miracle will break down the enzymes and completely remove the smell with one liberal application.
Carpet Cleaning with a Shampooer
If you are moving into a house or apartment with a doggie odor, cleaning the carpets thoroughly is the best way to remove the odor. You’ll need to shampoo the carpet twice- first with a mixture of water, baking soda, and nature’s Miracle cleaner, allow to dry, then again with the manufacturers cleaner. This combination should completely neutralize both dog or cat urine enzymes and other dog odors. Remember to wipe down the baseboards with a dilution of our Dog Odor Neutralizing Chlorophyll Supplement.