Removing Wet Dog Odor from Carpet
It’s happened before; your furry friend came into the house with wet paws or rolled on the carpet when they were wet. There’s nothing worse than that wet dog smell. This smell is caused by organic acids; these are caused by bacteria and yeasts that sit on the dog’s skin. When the dog’s fur gets wet, the moisture dissolves the acids and makes the dog smell when the water evaporates.
So, how do you get rid of that wet dog smell in your carpet? First, make sure your dog is bathed regularly and dried off well when he gets wet; if the water can’t evaporate, he won’t stink. Then, there are a few ways that you could go about removing the wet dog odor from your carpet.
- Use an extracting wet vacuum. Don’t ever use a steam cleaner for odors; the heat will just make them set in more and make the situation worse than it already was. These vacuums squirt out water, and then you extract the dirty water with the vacuum.
- Use baking soda. Like suggested above, baking soda is the be all, end all of carpet odor remedies. Go ahead and shake it out and vacuum it up.
- Purify the air. No matter how you go about this, whether with an air freshener that you plug in, spray, or put on the carpet, just purify the air. The stench in the air can settle into your carpet as well.
Wet dog is a terrible smell to deal with, but if you prevent it and deal with it quickly, it won’t get sponged into your carpet like every other odor you deal with.