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Common Pet Odor Myths

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For many homeowners with dogs or cats, pet odors can be a common issue in their homes. From urine stains to pet hairs on the furniture, many homeowners believe that they can remedy this issue with a just few sprays of cleaning solution. Unfortunately, that's not always the case.

MYTH: I can just use a store-bought pet odor eliminator

Many pet deodorizer sprays contain certain chemicals or detergents that can actually make the smell worse over time when combined with the bacteria from the urine or fecal deposit caused by the pet. Instead, opt to use a more natural solution with lemons, limes or oranges. The high acidity in these fruits along with their citrus oils will help reduce the pet odor.

MYTH: Vinegar and baking soda will fix everything!

In certain situations, coming up with a vinegar and baking soda solution can be helpful. However, in terms of pet odor elimination, this is not the most effective method. The urine and bacteria caused from your pets eventually decomposes and decays into something known as "urine salt". At this point, a strong odor begins to occur throughout your home, especially in moist or damp areas.

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MYTH: If there's no stain, there's no odor

Just because you can't visibly see a stain, doesn't always mean that the bacteria caused from pet urine stains and soils hasn't decomposed deep into the fibers of your carpet. The longer you let a stain sit, the harder it is to remove the odor. That's why it's always best to clean up the mess as quickly as possible after the accident happens. In cases where pet urine stains have been seeping in your carpet for a long time, a professional cleaning will ensure that every effort will be made to eliminate the source of the odor.

MYTH: Lint rollers will remove all the pet hair from my furniture

Many people think that applying a lint roller to their furniture will be enough to get the job done. While it may work for smaller areas, it won't completely rid your furniture of any loose pet hairs that have fallen between the cracks of your sofa. On the other hand, a professional cleaner will be able to fully inspect your furniture or upholstery and completely remove any loose pet hairs or pet dandruff.

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For the most effective results at eliminating pet odors in your home, schedule a professional cleaning from a certified carpet cleaner!

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