Having a pet often means having to deal with odors in the home. The odor can sometimes be caused by the pet itself. Occasionally, the issue is soiled carpets, cages, or bedding. Even if you don’t have a pet, scents from a former owner’s or tenant’s pet can have a long-term impact on your Indoor Air Quality.
There are two types of odors associated with pets:
- Pet body scents are aromas that come directly from the pet’s body.
- Habitat odors are odors produced by a pet in your home.
Below we have a simple guide for eliminating pet odor that will help you keep your home smelling fresh and your pet healthy.
- Identify and eliminate the source of the odor.
Find and clean any soiled areas in the house, such as carpets, upholstery, floors, and walls, as soon as possible. To absorb moisture in dirty places, use paper towels, then sprinkle baking soda on the affected area. Establish a daily process of inspecting and removing odor sources to keep cages clean.
- Improve the airflow in your home
Bringing fresh air into the house might help to lessen the overall amount of scents from all sources. Use exhaust fans and, if necessary, whole-house ventilation systems in addition to opening doors and windows.
- Keep your pet clean at all times.
Grooming and bathing are beneficial to all furry companions, from hamsters to German Shepherds. Brushing helps remove dirt, lessen airborne dander and distribute skin oils.
- Invest in a high quality air cleaner.
Consider this not as an investment, but a necessity to live harmoniously with your pet. A high-performance air cleaner with activated carbon and zeolite media will help keep the air smelling fresh. The HealthMate , HealthMate Plus, and Allergy Machine are ideal options for removing all types of pet odors.
- Wash your pets bedding frequently.
The best detergent to use is one that is free of dyes. To neutralize odors, add a cup of baking soda to the wash water. After you’ve finished washing your pet’s laundry, run a hot water bleach cycle before starting the following load.
- Control litter box odors.
The key to controlling litter box odors is keeping the litter box clean. Scoop out contents every day or, even better, twice a day. Change litter often. Scrub the box clean whenever you change the litter. A general rule of thumb is one litter box per cat in your home.
- Make use of a high-powered vacuum.
Controlling scents requires keeping your home clean, which a good vacuum may help with. Many vacuum cleaners merely reintroduce pet dander, dust and other particles back into the air. Selecting a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter can make a very big difference.