As much as we love our pets, they sure can stink (literally).
As loving pet owners, we might personally be able to ignore the odours that our pets leave around the house, but just because we’re okay with the smells doesn’t mean our houseguests will be.
Pet odours can linger on furniture after some time, and in some instances, they can be extra tricky to get rid of. So if your sofa has been smelling a lot like your pet lately, try some of the following tricks that will help you remove pet odours from your sofa.
When it comes to cleaning out odours, white vinegar is your best friend.
Its highly-acidic properties make it an effective cleaner that can break down and dissolve even the most stubborn buildups in your fabric fibres.
To get rid of the remnants of wet dog and cat puke (and their accompanying scents) from your sofa, fill a spray bottle with equal parts white vinegar and water, then spray it on your sofa.
Leave the solution to settle in for a few minutes so the vinegar can work its magic, then remove it by giving your sofa a gentle wipe down.
Voila! You’ve got yourself a smell-free sofa.
If vinegar is your best friend when it comes to odour neutralizing and stain dissolving, then
Unlike other household cleaners, baking soda is non-toxic, and just like vinegar, it does a great job at breaking down dirt and grease.
The best time to use baking soda is right after you’ve sprayed your sofa with a water-vinegar solution. But before you give your sofa a wipe down, apply a thick coat of baking soda onto your sofa and let it rest for a few hours (or overnight) before cleaning it up.
Important note: Be sure to apply the baking soda only when the surface of your sofa is completely dry. Try using a fan to help speed up the drying process before applying baking soda.
More than a great shot after-hours, this stuff can work double duty to remove stains and odours from your sofa.
Inexpensive vodka works fine for cleaning, just make sure that it’s unflavoured since sugar and other added additives can end up complicating your cleaning efforts.
To do clean with it, fill your spray bottle with vodka, neat (avoid diluting it with water).
Try not to wet the fabric too much to the point of making it damp. Aim for a light mist instead. The alcohol will collect the odorants that are clinging to the sofa fabric, and as the alcohol evaporates into the air, it takes the smell along with it.
Many professional cleaning companies have been looking into bio-enzymatic cleaners for cleaning, and for good reason: These are products use “good” bacteria, which effectively digest waste, stains and bad odours.
These bacteria produce enzymes specifically designed to break down certain molecules into smaller pieces, which then becomes a source of nutrition for them. This means that they literally ‘eat up’ the source of those pesky odours that linger on your sofa.
Before using an enzymatic cleaner, remove any dirt or hair from the surface of your sofa.
Let the solution sit on your sofa’s surface for ten minutes or so minutes before wiping it off with a microfiber cloth, and you’re all done!
If you’re not a fan of chemicals and liquid cleaning solutions, then simply airing out your sofa could be the best option for you
Opening your windows or better yet, bringing your furniture outside for a couple of hours in the sun can go a long way in terms of getting rid of funky, lingering smells.
Upholstery Or Carpet Vacuum Cleaning
If you’re in need of some heavy-duty cleaning, you might want to drop by your local carpet cleaner or upholsterer to see if you can rent one of their heavy-duty vacuum cleaners.
These cleaners with an upholstery attachment can be toggled between dry and wet cleaning for a thorough dirt and smell removal.
To avoid ending up with a wet dog smell, try using the wet vacuum option at the very end after you’ve removed as much dirt as possible.
Prevent Future Odours
Once you’ve successfully removed all kinds of odours from your sofa, you’ll probably want to prevent future ones from taking hold of your sofa.
An easy way to do this would be to protect your sofa with an easy-to-remove, machine-washable slipcover.
To get stains gone before unwanted odours start making their presence know, simply take your slipcover off, throw it in the wash, let it dry and you’ve got a sofa that looks (and smells) as good as brand new.
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