How To Remove Pet Odors From Your Home
By Leslie Gerard
If your roommate has four legs and a fur coat that knows no seasons, you may be struggling with pet odors. It has been suggested that people who have pets live a longer life, but they may also have to deal with a little extra effort in making sure their home is perfect.
Housebreak your pet. If you have a kitten or puppy, itís easier to housebreak them because they are still learning. An older animal can still be housebroken, but it may take a little more work. Although this task can prove to be tiresome, most pets will catch on within a matter of weeks. Depending on the age and intelligence of the animal, itís not impossible for him/her to learn the rules of the road within days. In no time, your petís instinct will come into play and he/she will be the perfect house guest. If you need assistance in housebreaking your cat or dog, consult with a local veterinarian or pet trainer.
Make time for litter box maintenance. If you have a cat, make sure to change the litter box regularly. You may also wish to consider a self-cleaning litter box, but always make sure to keep the area clean and free of spills or other mishaps.
Consider your choice of flooring. If you are trying to housebreak a pet, carpet is not your friend. It retains odors and stains making it more difficult to keep your home smelling and looking fresh. If feasible, you may want to consider adding hardwood flooring of vinyl for easy maintenance and cleanup. With this type of flooring, fewer odors will be trapped, along with pet hair and stains.
Choose a specialty cleaner. If possible, use a floor/carpet cleaner specifically designed for the removal of pet stains and/or odors. As is the case with all cleaners, make sure to use in a well-ventilated area and follow the manufacturerís instructions.
Now that you know how to keep your home smelling fresh and clean, donít forget to include an air freshener or scented candle to add a touch of your favorite fragrance to the air. Just make sure to keep any such item out of your petís reach.
About the Author: Leslie consults for a furniture care store that offers leather cleaner and other household necessities as well as a cute online shop offering groomsmen gifts.