Although dog owners love their pooches, it’s safe to say that not every dog owner loves doggy smell, especially when it lingers in carpeting and furniture. There may be any number of reasons why a dog smells, but most of the time it simply comes down to being a canine.
However, there are many things a pet owner can do to prevent their home from smelling like a kennel. It takes consistency and diligence, but here’s how to get dog smell out of a couch and your home in general.
First, Understand Why Dogs Smell
Dogs emit a natural odor thanks to an oil their skin secretes, which is then trapped in their fur. So when they shed their fur onto furniture, flooring, and carpets, you can smell that odor throughout your home. Pet odors in your carpets, rugs, and upholstery is a way of life when you own a dog.
It’s a good idea, however, to rule out any medical conditions that may be causing your dog to smell bad. Skin and dental infections, for example, can exacerbate an animal’s odor. If your vet gives your furry family member a clean bill of health, then you can chalk the smell up to their nature.
Remove and Wash Any Covers
If any part of your furniture such as pillowcases and slipcovers can be removed and washed, do this step first. Smell the fabric before placing it in the dryer to ensure the odor has been eliminated because heat can cause dog odors to set into the material. You may need to wash the covers more than once to completely remove the smell.
Vacuum Your Furniture and Carpeting
Next, you want to thoroughly vacuum your furniture and carpets. Remove cushions from sofas and use upholstery attachments to reach down into the nooks and crannies that trap pet fur.
Sweep and Clean Hard Flooring
Sweep up any dog hair from hardwood flooring surfaces. Mop your kitchen and bathroom floors to remove any lingering dog hair in these areas.
Baking Soda is Your BFF
After your dog, baking soda is a dog owner’s best friend. It doesn’t mask smells by trying to cover them up with a fragrance, but instead neutralizes and absorbs them. As a natural substance, it’s completely harmless to animals and humans alike and has no smell of its own, nor will it stain fabric.
Simply sprinkle baking soda liberally on furniture and carpeting and let it sit for several hours, preferably overnight. Then vacuum thoroughly. The dog odor should be removed.
You can also place an open box of baking soda overnight in a smelly room and it will help absorb the odor.
Spritz Carpeting and Furniture With Vodka
In addition to baking soda, vodka works as a surprising odor killer and natural disinfectant. Fill a spray bottle or spritzer with plain vodka and spray it onto furniture, pillows, and carpeting. Vacuum the fur up after the vodka has evaporated.
Maintain Going Forward
Once the smell has been eliminated by following the above tips, regular cleaning should help your home retain its fresh smell. You should make the following part of your dog odor-eliminating routine:
Regular vacuuming will help prevent fur from clinging to surfaces for too long where they can cause odor build-up again. You should vacuum at least twice a week to key fur at bay. Invest in a vacuum that comes with a pet fur attachment so you can clean furniture the same time you clean the carpets.
Clean and Wash Your Dog’s Bed and Toys
Cleaning furniture includes your dog’s bed and other accessories as well. In addition to vacuuming the dog bed, wash it once a week to help remove your dog’s natural odor-causing oils that have been absorbed by the bed’s fabric. You may want to toss their favorite plush squeaky toys (if they’re washable) in the machine as well.
If you don’t have a pet fur attachment, use a lint or roller brush to remove dog hair from furniture surfaces.
Use a Purifying Air Filter
Running an air purifier can help remove dog odor from your living spaces. Look for a HEPA air filter that specifies it’s best for pet owners.
Bathe and Groom Your Dog Regularly
The best way to prevent doggie odor is by bathing and grooming your dog regularly. The frequency depends upon your dog’s breed, the type of fur or hair they have, and the time of the year as dogs tend to shed more during the warmer months.
Staying on top of regular grooming, whether done at home or by a dog care professional, will go a long way towards keeping your home smelling fresh. Brushing your dog as part of their overall care will help prevent loose hairs from landing on your furniture and carpet.
What About Dog Urine?
If your dog has urinated on a carpet or furniture, you want to remove it as soon as possible so it doesn’t stain the surface or create a stronger smell. First, mop up as much of the urine as possible with paper towels starting from the outside of the stain towards the middle of it.
Mix together 1/2 cup warm water, 1/2 cup white vinegar, and 1/4 cup of mild, bleach-free dish soap. Beat with a hand mixer until it’s foamy, then apply to the stain using a rag. You may need to work it into upholstery fibers using a toothbrush.
Dampen a rag with water and remove the soapy mixture from the upholstery. You may need to repeat this a few times and then apply baking soda to the area once it’s completely dry. Vacuum the baking soda away after it has sat for several hours.
Resist the temptation to steam clean furniture or carpeting that contains pet urine. The heat can actually drive the odor deeper into the fabric instead of removing it.
Know How To Get Dog Smell Out Of a Couch
Now that you know how to get dog smell out of a couch, you can feel confident when you have guests over that your home won’t smell unpleasant.
But maybe even with your best efforts, dog odor is still clinging to your carpets. If you need some extra help freshening up your rugs and carpeting, contact us to schedule a hypoallergenic carpet cleaning for your home.