As pet owners, we know that accidents happen. But whether it’s from a new puppy that hasn’t quite figured out that eliminating needs to happen outside and not on the living room floor or a stressed cat that’s taken to marking every room in the house, pet odors are annoying and can be a pain to get rid of completely.
The easiest way to eliminate pet odors from your home is to hire a professional company like Environmental Protective Solutions to do the dirty work for you. EPS uses a remarkable suite of technology to fight those disgusting pet odors that assault your nose the moment you step into your home.
EPS controls odors, decontaminates surfaces, and provides antimicrobial solutions that kill microorganisms and prevent new ones from growing. We use a system that kills odors and microbial/ biological contaminants from the air and any surfaces, including those in kitchens, office buildings, homes, and vehicles.
Odor control is done using non-toxic treatments that are 100% safe for kids and animals.
The 5-Step EPS Pet Odor Elimination Plan
Our five-step process will have your home smelling fresh and clean in no time.
First, we will gauge how strong the smell is. Then we tour your property to get an idea of what we should plan to get rid of the scent. We also look for any other damage to your property.
Next, we locate all of the sources of the smell. Pet odors can seep beyond your carpets and upholstered furniture. Once we get rid of the cause, we get rid of the smell.
After we’ve located all of the sources of the odors we will bring in our team to execute our cleaning plan. We work professionally and respectfully to leave your home in excellent condition.
Hopefully, your pet odor problem doesn’t necessitate repairs. But sometimes urine can seep into the padding and subfloors under your carpet causing costly damage. Cat spraying can damage drywall and base molding. If our team does have to break something down, we will rebuild it in top-notch condition.
The final part of our process is our guarantee. We’re committed to 100 percent client satisfaction. If you’re not happy with our service we will come back until we get it right.
We understand that professional services can be costly for some homeowners, and we strive to be competitive in our pricing. But if you want to try and eliminate pet odors first, here are a few tips.
What to Avoid when Eliminating Pet Odors
Bleach, ammonia, vinegar baking soda, and peroxide – You might think that bleach would be your best bet to eliminate your pet odor problem, but it will not. Bleach is great at disinfecting, but not so great on eliminating odors. You’ll be left with a clean, but still smelly problem.
Urine already has a high ammonia content, so adding more ammonia is only going to exacerbate your problem.
And whatever you do, NEVER combine bleach and ammonia. The fumes from this mix are extremely dangerous and you could die from inhaling them.
A lot of sites will tout the use of baking soda and vinegar to eliminate pet smells from your home, and that’s correct…to a degree. Baking soda and vinegar can get rid of slight smells in your house, but if you have a strong and persistent aroma no amount of this combination is going to help you out.
Steam cleaning – Using steam cleaners on carpets and upholstery can solidify your problem instead of eliminating it. High temperatures will actually bond the urine to the fabric making it near impossible to remove.
How to Eliminate Pet Odors
Vacuum and mop – Starting with clean floors can help you identify stains and eliminate other sources of stink such as pet fur and dander.
Find the source – Identify all the soiled spots on your carpets, furniture, drapes, and walls. If you are having a hard time finding the source of the smell, borrow or invest in a black light. Turn off the lights and close the curtains to your home and use the light to identify all the spots where your pet has eliminated. Mark these spots with painters tape, if necessary, so you can find them later. If there are numerous stains throughout your home or a lot of older stains, you may be better off calling a professional. Old stains can require more extensive treatment and professional cleaners will have stronger equipment that can better eliminate these problem areas for you.
Use an enzymatic cleaner – Find an enzyme-based cleaner that is specifically formulated for pet stains. These cleaners will break down the bacteria in the urine and eliminate the smell. You can find these products at most grocery stores and pet stores. Follow the instructions on the bottle, and be prepared to treat the areas more than once.
Wash the walls – Pet urine gets on more than floors and furniture. For wall and wood-based areas, try a mixture of three parts vinegar to one part water. Spray this over the area until damp. Wet a sponge with the same mixture and lightly rub the walls. You can also sprinkle baking soda over the area and brush it off once it dries. If the smell persists you may need to take more extreme measures, such as painting with odor-blocking paint or replacing the walls altogether.
Remove carpets & damaged furniture – If after treating the areas with an enzymatic cleaner the odor still remains, there is a good chance you will need to throw away rugs, carpet, padding and furniture. At this point, you might be better off hiring a professional company like EPS to take over the mess.
As you can see, odor control isn’t as simple as cleaning and buying air fresheners. It requires a tactical approach and a systematic process. That’s why Environmental Protective Solutions developed the 5 Step Odor Control Process.
We provide peace of mind to homeowners through our expert odor control. Call us and allow our team of professionals to formulate a plan to have your home smelling fresh and clean again.