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How to Get Dog Smell Out of Carpet

    Have you noticed people wrinkling up their noses when they enter your home? Do visitors shy away from your living room? Is it usual for friends to suggest sitting on the patio rather than in your living room? If your answer is “Yes” to any of these questions, it’s time to explore the reasons for such reactions. You could ask your best friend what the problem is. And being the good pal she or he is, they’ll give you an honest answer: “Your home stinks like a kennel!” And that’s the starting point to launch Project Banish Doggy Smell. There are plenty of ways to abolish that nasty odor. Read on, and we’ll tell you exactly How to Get Dog Smell Out of the Carpet. 

    Dogs and Hygiene

    Do your carpets give off a doggy odor?

    Statistics show that approximately 39% of American households own a dog. This number works out to more than 76 million dogs. Dog owners spend more than $1000 annually on vet services, and Americans spend nearly $93 million annually on pet food and travel. With such mind-boggling numbers, we’re a nation of pet enthusiasts.

    Unpleasant smells are associated with dirt, disease, and a general lack of hygiene. The problem is that our noses get used to any smell, good or bad, rather quickly. Known in the medical field as “nose blindness,” we get used to smells within a few minutes, and we may stop recognizing them. That’s why we can’t smell strong odors after a while. And that is also why we don’t smell doggy smells in our homes. But others who enter our homes get an instant blast of pong.

    Your dog is squeaky clean, bathed, and groomed professionally regularly. This takes care of dog smells temporary.

    However clean you think your pet is, smelly substances linger in carpets, rugs, your bed, and all over the house. Drops of urine and feces may fall on fabrics. Ear wax, oil, dander, and sweat are other substances that cause offensive smells.

    Dogs have a highly sensitive sense of smell. It is how they navigate, recognize and mark territory, humans, and food. You may love snuggling up on the couch with them, rough and tumble with them on the carpets, and cuddling up with them in bed. But the result is a sickening mutt miasma in your home.

    How to Get Dog Smell Out of Carpet

    Before you think of strategies and products, it’s wise to check with a friend or family member who doesn’t live in the house.

    Ask them to tell you honestly how bad the smell is, where it starts and ends, and the location where they feel it gets nasty.

    This helps you to understand some of the reasons for the smell.

    What you must do next is to take your dog to the vet and check whether there’s an infection that causes the smell. Ear infections are usually the cause of the foul odor.

    Once you have this information, it’s time to go to war!

    1. Vacuum daily: It’s not easy, but vacuuming daily is the best way to remove hair and dander from your carpet daily. While you’re about it, vacuum the upholstery and furnishings. Cushions, couches, and curtains catch smells, so go over them daily. You may think this is unnecessary if your pet doesn’t shed much hair. But you must remove dander and any secretions from your carpet besides hair. You can use a hand-held vacuum cleaner and get the kids to help with this chore. Use a super-sized lint roller on upholstery and curtains to remove pet hair.
    1. Use Pet-Friendly Fabrics: Select synthetic, pet friendly fabrics and materials if you have a dog. They are easier to wash, dry fast, and don’t usually absorb liquids or odors. Replace your natural fabrics, such as cotton or silk, with good-quality synthetics that look and feel natural. You don’t have to sacrifice a good interior design just because you choose non-natural materials. Opt for removable covers on cushions for your couch and chairs. Choose neutral colors in earth tones to hide stubborn stains. When expecting guests and visitors, add a splash of color with bright, slip-on cushion covers, pillows, throws, and tie-backs for your curtains.