7 Ways to Get Rid of Pet Odors
When a house you’re trying to sell smells like a pet, there are some tactics that can improve the odor situation. Don Aslett, owner of Varsity Contractors, one of the country's largest cleaning companies, offers up these tips for identifying the source of the smell and then eliminating it:
- Use a fluorescent black light or special flash light (pet-supply stores sell them or find them on the internet), to expose odor-producing spots on the carpet, couch, floorboards and even on drapes.
- Remove all solids and blot up as much liquid as possible with a clean towel. Apply an appropriate odor neutralizer or cleaner according to directions.
- Never use ammonia, which takes on the smell of what it's supposed to be cleaning, can trigger more accidents.
- Choose the best product to remove the problem. On water-safe surfaces, try Simple Solution stain and odor remover. The problem area must be thoroughly soaked and left to dry.
- Bramton's Oxy Solution Pet Stain and Odor Destroyer can remove odors and stains from surfaces that won’t withstand soaking, but test first in an out-of-the way place.
- The most effective and safest disinfectant for use around pets is Chlorhexidine, which is sold under such names as Nolvasan, Chlorasan and Chlorhex by veterinarians and medical-supply outlets. Use these for problems that demand deep cleaning.
- When all else fails, temporarily neutralize odors using a product such as Fresh Wave.
I personally recommend and use:
'Zero Odor' from ZeroOdorStore.com - This stuff completely eliminates odors without leaving any scent of it's own.
'SCOE 10X Super Concentrate Odor Eliminator' - This stuff is supposed to knock out skunk and some of the nastiest odors on the planet. This is professional grade stuff (used by coroners, etc) as you will read on the website. Link will take you right to the site for ordering.
If these two things can't help you out - your only other solution is to burn the house down!
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Sarah Casey Newman (3/10/2007)