How to Get Pet Odors Out of Carpet

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We love our pets and they are a big part of our daily lives. But they have the tendency to leave behind unwelcome scents in our homes. If this odor is not tended to promptly, it can create a greater problem. Removing pet odors from carpet proves challenging, but with a little know-how, the job is much easier. Performing carpet cleaning regularly helps keep odors under control. This task is made easier with the use of a few everyday products found in most homes.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Baking soda (one 16-oz. box and 1 cup)
  • Steam cleaner rug machine
  • 1 tsp. powdered cinnamon
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Fork
  • Shaker bottle
  • Vacuum the carpet thoroughly. Sprinkle one 16-oz. box of baking soda liberally over the entire area. Allow it to stand for one hour.

  • Vacuum the carpet again. Be sure to remove all of the baking soda.

  • Prepare your carpet shampooing machine according to directions. Thoroughly clean the carpet, using a good-quality pet stain shampoo. Allow to dry.

  • Make a homemade carpet freshener using 1 cup of baking soda and 1 tsp. of cinnamon. Mix thoroughly with a fork and store in a shaker bottle.

  • Apply to carpet and allow to stand for one hour before vacuuming thoroughly. Use in between regular carpet cleanings for a continuing fresh scent.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a fan to help dry carpets after cleaning.
  • Keep pets and children out of the room with a baby gate.
  • For heavier soiled carpet, allow the mixture to stand for several hours or overnight.
  • Spot test a small area with the cleaning solution prior to using it on the entire rug. If the area becomes discolored, choose a different cleaner.

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