Pets are undoubtedly the best companions to brighten our lives! We all love these lovely creatures like a family member, however, the way pets makes our home smell is bothersome. Whether you have a furry kitten or a giant dog, dealing with pet odor is a challenging task. The stubborn pee smell can really stick around and longer the dog pee or cat urine sits in a carpet, the worse the problem becomes. It not only smells awful but pee spots also look unpleasant.

If left untreated, the urine gets soaked into the carpet and further into the pad below or into the wood floors. As the bacteria build up, it not only spread diseases but also makes the task of eliminating spots and odor more complex. Whether you’re a landlord or renter, pet odor can be a major issue to consider before finalizing the deal. So, if you’re struggling to get rid of pet odor, here are some of the best tips to get that lingering smell out of your house for good.

1. Don’t wait, blot up liquid immediately

This is more of a preventive measure to address the problem before it gets out of hand. Make a habit of blotting up all the liquid before it dries by covering the area with paper towels, or an absorbent cloth, or a mop and use your feet to gently press.

2. Vacuum is a must!

Your carpets, furniture, and even fabric window coverings hold innumerable pet hair, dust, and dander. As such, it’s necessary to vacuum the entire carpet, as well as non-carpeted floor in your home, including any area rugs. Vacuum all of your furniture, stairs, floors, upholstered furniture, and curtains with the appropriate attachments. You may also treat carpets and rugs with baking soda to remove that lingering smell.

3. Give Sunlight and Fresh Air treatment

You can wash all of your linens, including couch cushion covers and pillowcases. While items which cannot be washed such as upholstered furniture, throw rugs, or any portable fabric-covered items should be exposed to sunlight. Open all windows and leave those items outdoors on a sunny day to eliminate all types of odors stuck within fabric fibers.

4. Treat the problem area

Sometimes, you can’t identify the source of the stench. In such a case, turn off lights of the rooms and use a handheld black light or UV flashlight to find out urine spots. Once you’ve identified the spots, you can treat it with either vinegar solution or enzymatic cleaner. Vinegar must be used with caution because it may discolor your carpet. Take vinegar and water in equal amount and treat the problem area. Leave the solution for a few minutes and then blot the area by pressing it with folded paper towels. Once it’s dry, sprinkle baking soda, leave for 20 minutes and then vacuum the area.

Another option is using a natural enzymatic cleaner to get rid of pet odor and bacteria. You may use any enzymatic cleaner such as Nature’s Miracle but these cleansers can take some time to work. No matter whatever solution you use, always first test the cleaner to ensure that it’s safe for your carpet.