As pet owners, we all love our dogs, but speaking from personal experience, keeping a house clean, fur and smell free can be a challenge when you want to keep the home a home - comfortable and relaxing - and own more than one pet, as I do.
But it needn’t be a battle. There are ways to make the job easier and Spring is a great excuse to kick start a deep clean and give something new a try to get rid of dog smells in the house.
To provide you with the absolute best tips on how to get rid of dog smells in your home, K9 Magazine spoke with experts Quentin Steele, MD at Aroma Care Solutions who shares his thoughts on the science behind eliminating smells, such as urine in carpets, around the home and how to get them to stay away, as well as Susan Fermor, one of the cleaning geniuses from Dr Beckmann, who know a thing or two when it comes to eliminating pet odours from your home.
Get rid of that doggy smell in your home with these simple tips
Cleaning and laundry experts, Dr. Beckmann are the real-deal experts when it comes to household cleaning and eliminating odour, particular from dog owning homes. We asked Dr Beckmann's Susan Fermor for her absolute best tips for removing dog odours and how to get rid of dog smells in the home. Here's her top 10 tips for eliminating dog odours in your house.
Since lockdown began, the number of people embarking on lives as new pet owners has soared. But with owning a pet, comes unfortunate accidents and unwelcome stains, especially in those early days of training and adjusting.
How to get rid of dog smells from your carpets
Whether it’s muddy paw prints or an abundance of dog/cat hairs, carpets are the battleground for all pet stains. If you’ve found that you’ve got mud on the carpet, resist the temptation to wipe at the stain. Let the mud dry and scrape off the dried dirt, then tackle the mark with a stain remover. Dr. Beckmann’s Pet Stain & Odour Remover is always handy to have in the cupboard – perfect for your mucky pups.
Get rid of dog smells from hard floors
Floors often have unseen dirt and germs and need a deeper clean, especially when your pets are roaming free. Brushing hard floors and then mopping with anti-bacterial products is a good way to keep on top of the dirt and germs.
How to stop your pillows & cushions smelling of dog
These items will be getting some extra use, who doesn’t enjoy cuddles with their pooch on the sofa?! As a result of this, these items need to be washed regularly. Place cushion covers in the washing machine and for cushion pads or pillows use a non-bio detergent and tumble dry.
How to stop bedding from smelling doggy
Similarly to the above, people love cuddling with their pooch in bed too and even allow their dog to sleep in the bed with them. A treat for our pets, but can soon lead into a dirty disaster for us. To get rid of pet odour from your sheets, check the car label and then wash them on the hottest temperature possible. Hotter water can kill most germs and bacteria and will remove pets smelly scent.
Front doors & your dog (don't forget them)
Door knobs, handles and letterboxes are common items that are usually forgotten about when doing your cleaning chores. When your four-legged friend is all hyped up ready for its daily walk, it’s likely that they’ll jump up at the front door – eager to escape lockdown. It’s important to regularly wipe down the front door with soap and water and apply a surface cleaner to the objects. Save money and time by not leaving the metal lift unwiped, the longer it is left the harder it’ll be to clean afterwards.
How to stop your clothes smelling of dog (& get rid of pet hairs too)
Pet hair can get all over our clothing as many dogs aren’t hypoallergenic so use a roller or sticky pad to remove any pet hair from clothes before washing them. Tests have proven that washing your clothes at 60 degrees with a good detergent can be just as effective.
How to get rid of dog smells from furniture
Similar to our clothes, as our pets lay on them for hours on end (alongside us) dog and cat hair can often remain on furniture, the best approach is to use a sticky roller or pad to remove visible pet hair followed by using the vacuum cleaner to capture any unseen hair and dust.
How to remove dog smells from your car
Keeping your car clean is a tough task, especially when you’re driving home from a woodland walk. Invest in seat covers, which are easy to take off and place in the washing machine. If you don’t have covers, tackle tough seat stains with washing-up liquid and warm water. Use a damp cloth and sponge the stain until it disappears.
How to clean your stairs when you own dogs
As we spend more time at home, the stairs will be getting extra use, so you’ll need to keep on top of these regularly. Firstly, tackle your stairs with a vacuum to make sure you remove all the extra dirt and debris.
Then use Dr. Beckmann’s Carpet Stain Remover’s brush head to clean your stairs of stubborn stains and marks. If you have a pet in the home, then the Pet Stain & Odour Remover does the trick and helps eliminate the dog’s odour.
How to remove smells from your dog's bed
Your pet’s bed, toys, blanket and any other accessory you have in the house have a tendency to pick up the strong pet odour, as they are used daily.
Make sure you clean these regularly, a machine-washable pet bed is advised. Simply place the bed and the other accessories in the washing machine for a deep cleanse, which will leave the products smelling fresh and fur free (fingers crossed)
Dr Beckmann Pet Stain & Odour Remover is available at a wide range of retailers and online at www.dr-beckmann.co.uk.
6 simple ways to keep your home free of dog smells & odours
We love our dogs and we accept that with dogs comes a certain level of acceptance about odours. A doggy smell to the house is barely noticeable to the dog owner who lives there but it's there. Believe me, it's there.
There are ways we can reduce the impact of dog odours and general doggy detritus around the home though. Quentin Steele is an odour expert. We asked him for some of his best tips to compliment our own doggy odour removing ideas.
1. Check your vacuum is still working as well as it should
I’ll be honest, I’ve reviewed a lot of vacuums for K9 Magazine over the years and unless you service regularly, (always check the filters and hoses for blockages), they will perform well for maybe 12-18 months, maximum. After that, you notice a decline.
And a badly performing vacuum is not only frustrating, but it also leaves hairs and debris in the fibres of your sofas and carpets.
Quentin adds, “Even worse, that debris can pong. We’ve all had to clean up after doggy accidents and sickness, only to find that the smells return and linger for days.
“But even day to day debris such as food scraps, urine dribbles and dirt from the garden can cause smells and harbour germs and all sorts of bacteria picked up along the way in a normal day in the life of your pet.”
2. Give your home a good airing every so often
Some people love a good plugin air freshener but they aren’t always suitable to use, so one great Spring tip I’ve been told is to open your home up and get the air circulating even just for 10 minutes.
Even if it's cool outside, the cold air can be a great way to blast away dog smells within the house.
3. Keep your fabrics fresh
Picking up on Quentin’s advice about dog (and cat) smells that linger in textiles, one of the best ways to eliminate odours is to keep sofas and carpets fresh with regular cleaning.
Vacuuming carpet cleaners might be a good way to do this, but in some cases, they can be difficult to plan for if you have a high traffic household and don’t have the time to plan for the carpet to be free for a few hours to wash and dry in good time before footsteps descend.
So, in those cases products that you can use which react to the odours created by bacteria lingering in textiles such as sofas, beds and carpets, can be a great option to react quickly.
Quentin explains some of the science behind products that eliminate odours in textiles, like his own, and how products like this are made to be safe for pet-owning households.
“Unlike any traditional off the shelf products, some products include bio-enzymes and they attack a range of bacteria that give rise to smells in urine (uric acid), poo, rotting food and vomit, by attacking and eradicating the harmful bacteria. By using an enzyme to speed up the reaction, eliminates and destroys any “bad bacteria” in accidents and spills that could lead to smells arising later on, especially if the accident was on the carpet or soft furnishings. Once the smell has gone, it’s truly gone.
“Using a bio-enzymatic cleaner is easy and the bio-enzyme formula keeps on working for up to 24 hours after application. Usually you mix a concentrated amount with 100ml of tepid water and spray over the affected area."
4. Declutter, declutter, declutter
I’m hopeless for keeping things that I don’t need. I still own a perfume bottle, long since empty that I can’t quite throw away because I remember why I bought it in the first place.
We all have our hidden spaces, like ‘Friends’s’ Monica Geller’s secret closet, with everything stuffed inside that we can’t bear to part with but neither can we find a use for. But there really is some truth to the concept of decluttering clearing the mind.
So, if you have dog beds piling up because you don’t want to throw away your puppy’s first bed or dog toys or collars now too small to be of any use, then take the plunge and throw them away if you can’t recycle by donating to a local animal rescue, for example.
5. Buy dog beds with removable covers
Now you’ve thrown away or recycled all of your old dog beds, you might be on the hunt to find a new pet bed.
Look for one with a removable cover to make it easy to wash regularly. Most dog beds nowadays have covers that are machine washable at 30-40 degrees.
Quentin also recommends this top tip for pet owners:
“In between washes, a top tip is to vacuum your pet bed thoroughly, then sprinkle on a Deodorising Powder for carpets then work into the fibres with a stiff hand brush and leave for 2 hours or overnight if possible before vacuuming again.
“For heavier stains, (with debris), use a bio-enzymatic cleaner straightaway. Initially remove the offensive debris, then it should only be a matter of adding water to the concentrated liquid to activate its bio-enzymatic action, which will then last for up to 24 hours when applied to the surface as long as it is kept damp.
“If the smell is only slight, vacuum the area and spray liberally with a Deodorising Room Spray. Leave for 2-3 hours and re-vacuum the target area.”
6. Consider having a ‘dog cleaning’ space in your home
This might sound excessive but hear me out.
If you have a space with dog towels or a specific mat by the door your dog usually uses to come into the house after walks or trips to the garden, then you could find it easier to trap muddy paws before they run rampant through your home.
I have a basket set up with towels near the door for this purpose. With three dogs, it can be a bit of a challenge to get them all to line up and wait to give their paws for cleaning, but not always impossible.
If you have space, give it a try.
So keeping on top of household cleaning is essential.”