Controlling Pet OdorIn Winter on May 23, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Written by greenadmin
If you live in one of the millions of American homes that own at least one pet, then you are aware of the range of smells and odors that they can cause. Dogs and cats are the biggest culprits of pet related odors as they constantly release dander and hair that collects in the furniture and on carpets. Dander is the loose skin cells that are shed with hair and it is almost impossible to spot. A build up of pet dander and hair can not only cause disagreeable odors, but also lead to asthma and other respiratory problems for people in the home.
With the summer months approaching, it is important to neutralize pet odors as the higher temperatures will allow certain bacteria types to grow and spread much faster. Pets introduce odor causing bacteria into the home by bringing them in from outside and by urinating or defecating inside. Fortunately there are some things you can do to help neutralize pet odors in your home.
- Keep the humidity level of your home down
- Keep the temperature between 72 and 74 degrees
- Change any air filters regularly, it is recommended that the air filters get changed every 60 days in homes with dogs or cats
- Close the blinds and curtains to prevent extra sunlight from entering and heating the house
- Maintain good airflow circulation
- Vacuum carpets regularly to remove dirt, debris, and pet dander and fur
Following these steps will help control general odors but if a pet treats your home like a bathroom and makes a mess, it must be cleaned quickly and properly to avoid stains and odors. The first thing you should do upon discovering a pet mess is pick up or soak up as much of it as possible while it is still fresh using a combination of paper towels and newspapers. The more fresh urine or feces that is removed or soaked up, the less likely it is for staining and odors to occur. After soaking up or removing as much of the mess as possible, it is best to rinse the area thoroughly with cold, clean water and dry with blotting.
Some pet messes may still leave a stain even after being cleaned up properly. The hot water extraction method employed by Green T Carpet Cleaning along with our citrus based gels can remove pet stains from carpets and rugs. Contact Green T about removing a pet stain from your carpet or be sure to mention the stain to the technician during a scheduled cleaning.Comment »