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If you are going to have dogs, then odors are part of the equation. There’s no getting around it; your house will smell like dog. And if you have an intact male, your house will probably smell even worse.
I remember when Leroy was turning 9, which for dogs, is pretty much the equivalent of puberty. He was spraying all over the place, and I was still pretty new to having a breeding pair, so I called his breeder in a panic and asked what to do.
She told me to accept it. “You will never,” she said, “Stop an intact male from marking his territory.”
I think she was right. I’ve worked with Leroy and pretty much gotten him to the point where he doesn’t spray, all the time, but he will still mark from time to time. It was quickly brought home to me that just about the only thing I could do was work the best way I could to neutralize the odor, since Leroy was never going to stop identifying his territory.
So, how can you neutralize pet odor? It depends largely on if your dog has messed in the house or outdoors. If it’s outdoors, you probably don’t even care that much. If it’s indoors, though, that’s another thing. You absolutely have to get rid of the smell, and you’re going to need an odor neutralizer.
Some pet odor neutralizers contain harmful chemicals. Sure, they’ll get rid of the stench, but they could also harm your furniture, your carpet, and even your dog. So how do you get the right product?
First, you should make sure that the product is certified by the CRI (Carpet and Rug Institute). This is the regulatory body that makes sure that anything that you use on your carpet will not damage it.
If you’re anything like me, though, you are likely more worried about your dog. So check with your vet before you use any type of cleaning compound to clean up dog mess.
How to Clean
If your dog has deposited a malodorous mess on your carpet, there are things that you can do.
Soak it Up
Use newspaper, paper towels or rags to soak up as much urine as you can. Do this before you even think about using an odor neutralizer. If you don’t, then you’re just going to compound the problem.
Get Rid of It
Move the soaked material outside of the house. Difficult as this might be to comprehend, I actually know someone who thought that it was fine to move the soaked material into an enclosed porch. What do you suppose happened? The dogs decided that anywhere indoors was a good place to go potty. Go figure!
Clean the Area
Once you have removed the soiled material, rinse the area with clear water. Then scrub using soap and water, and rinse again.
Spray Using an Odor Neutralizer
You might not remember where your dog went potty, but believe me, he will. So once you have finished cleaning the area, finish off by spraying with an odor neutralizer.
The Best Odor Neutralizers
There are a number of really good odor neutralizers out there. The following are five of the best.
1. Rocco & Roxie Supply Co. Odor Eliminator
Rocco & Roxie Supply Co. Odor Eliminator is one of the best odor neutralizers on the market. It works on both upholstery and carpet, and in fact, the only thing I can find to fault with this product is that it is not recommended for wood or laminate flooring. However, it is environmentally friendly, and if you don’t like it for any reason, Rocco & Roxie will give you your money back.
2. SUN Pet Urine Neutralizer
If you’re wondering why the capital letters in SUN, it’s because they stand for “Severe Urine Neutralizer.” This is a spray product, meaning that you have to mix it up and put it in a spray bottle. Then you spray it onto the affected area and wipe it up in a minute or two. It works on any water-safe surface, and in addition to removing urine stench, it will also take care of the smells from poo accidents.
3. Bubba’s Super Steamer Carpet Cleaner
I just kind of like the way this sounds – Bubba’s Super Steamer Carpet Cleaner. It’s almost like a rap song! In addition to the way it sounds, though, I love the way it works. This is another CRI approved product. You mix it with water, and you can use it in a spray bottle or even in a rug shampooing machine.
4. Petzyme Pet Stain Remover
This is another spray bottle product. Just mix it up and spray it on beds, carpet and everything else. It even works on laminate and wood. Many pet odor neutralizers are only suitable for carpet, but this one goes the extra mile.
5. Pet Urine Odor Gone
This odor neutralizer works in conjunction with a black light that identifies places where pet urine has occurred and then gets down deep to correct it. You might not even have any idea where pet urine is hiding and causing odors until you actually see it under a black light. With this product, there is no guesswork. You will find pet odor at its source and be able to correct it.
You might not be overly troubled by pet odor in your home. Honestly, it doesn’t much bother me. But if you want to have guests in your home, then you will probably have to do something about pet odor. There are numerous products out there that can help you to deal with the problem. Some are good, and others not so much. These are my top picks for pet odor neutralizers.