How to Remove Musty Dog Odor
Date Published: 2019-03-31
Date Updated: 2019-03-31
Dogs are awesome, that’s why most of us own at least one. But that doesn’t mean that owning a pup doesn’t come with its downsides… Like all of those musty pet odors left around the house.
That’s right, you’ll have to admit it at some point. Musty pet odor can be left behind for several reasons: If your dog pees in the house, or eliminates in the house, or vomits in the house, or runs in mud then brings it in the house, etc. The list can go on and on.
So, how do you get rid of that unwanted smell? Take these next few tips into consideration, and you should be well on your way to a better smelling home.
Sweep & Mop All Hardwood Floors at least Once a Week
Loose debris can buildup on the floors, linger in the corners, and ultimately create a disgusting odor. If you want to avoid this, you should start sweeping and mopping all of your hardwood floors regularly.
Do not rush this chore, as rushing it will cause the odor to spread throughout the house. Instead, lightly sweep the hairs, leftover pellets, and anything your dog has brought in from outside towards the trash can. Pick it up with a dustpan and immediately discard of it. Then, start mopping to clean anything up that may have stained the floor.
Vacuum as Often as Possible
Carpets and area rugs are known to hide hair and dust from your dog in its crevices; because of this, you’ll want to make sure you get every square inch of every carpet in your home when vacuuming.
The vacuuming doesn’t stop there, though. Be sure to run the machine over all necessary furniture and curtains to make sure the smell is completely gone.
Just so the smell doesn’t linger, make sure you clean out the canister every time you use it to clean up pet debris and odors.
Wash All Linens in the House Regularly
Almost every linen in the home can harbor musty odors, including but not limited to pillowcases, sheets, blankets, cushion covers, and clothes. This basically means you’ll have to wash all fabrics at least once a month to keep the musty odor out.
Keep in mind, you’ll want to dry everything entirely before putting it back where it belongs; if you don’t, any odor your dog is tracking around the house is likely to stick to the wet fabric faster than before.
Wash Your Pet’s Bed Regularly
This may seem like an obvious suggestion, but some dog owners mistakenly forget to think of it.
Think about it this way: Your dog’s bed is probably the smelliest thing in the house, as he or she lies on it day in and day out. Don’t forget that every single thing brought in by, or produced by, your dog will end up on this surface; this includes saliva, hair, dirt, urine, etc.
Be mindful of how the company wants the bed cleaned, as some beds should be air dried, but others can be machine dried..