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Will Professional Carpet Cleaning Remove Pet Odors? FAQ & More

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We all love our pets very much, but one of the downsides of having pets is the potential for stinky pet odors. Pets can leave all kinds of odors in your carpets, from potty accidents to rolling on the carpets after a swim. Often, you can manage minor odor issues at home on your own, but sometimes, you need to call in professionals. Professional carpet cleaning can remove pet odors, but how effective it will be depends on the type of odor and the cleaning methods used.

You might be wondering if professional carpet cleaning is worth the investment. After all, it’s not cheap to get professional carpet cleaning done. It’s even more expensive to replace your carpets, though! Knowing ahead of time what to expect from a professional carpet cleaning and the chances of it successfully eliminating your pet odor issues can help you make an informed decision to ensure you have clean carpets and a fresh-smelling home.


What Happens with a Professional Carpet Cleaning?

A professional carpet cleaner will be able to assess how your carpet should be cleaned based on the type of carpet you have, the odors present, and the extent of any damage to your carpet. Carpet shampooing is not the most effective cleaning method for odor removal, but it is a great way to remove surface stains and grime. Steam cleaning is a good option if you are sensitive to smells from cleaning products. If your carpet has odor issues because of mold or mildew, steam cleaning can help with this, as well as pet odors.

Bonnet cleaning is an option if your carpets only need a surface-level cleaning, and it can help with pet odors that are not ground into your carpets. Foam cleaning will help remove ground-in debris from very dirty carpets, which will help remove odors in the process.

The top option for removing pet odors from carpets is dry cleaning. This is also a great option for cleaning carpets in areas with high humidity, where carpets may take multiple days to fully dry after a professional cleaning. Odor neutralizers can be used in conjunction with multiple types of carpet cleaning methods to help eliminate your stinky pet odors.

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Will Professional Carpet Cleaning Remove Urine and Fecal Odors?

Yes, but it’s important to choose a carpet cleaner who can select the right cleaning method for these odors. Some cleaning methods will only enhance these odors, while others may clean the surface odors but not the deeper odors.

It’s important to remember that urine and feces can soak into your carpets, carpet padding, and even the flooring underneath. Sometimes, a carpet cleaner will need to pull your carpets up to clean the bottom of the carpeting or the carpet pad. Deep cleaning is necessary with set-in urine and fecal stains and odors.

Will Professional Carpet Cleaning Remove Pet Food Odors?

Yes, this may be one of the easier pet odors to remove from carpets. Generally, pet foods can leave lingering odors, but they will not absorb very deeply into your carpets. Usually, pet food will only leave surface odors that can be extremely easy to clean via almost any carpet cleaning method.

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Will Professional Carpet Cleaning Remove Stinky General Pet Odors?

Yes, but the type of carpet cleaning will be dependent on the cause of the odor itself. Anyone who has ever lived with a dog that has chronic yeast and skin infections knows the unpleasant smell that can be left behind by your pet spending time on your carpets. These odors can settle deeply into your carpets, making them difficult to remove. If your carpet odors are caused by your dog regularly getting wet and then lying on your carpets, then you may also be dealing with mold and mildew.

On the other hand, if the pet odors in your home are caused by surface odors only, like those left behind simply by your pet spending time in your home, they’ll be much easier to clean. Surface odors are some of the easiest issues to address, but your carpet cleaner will be able to point you in the right direction to select the best cleaning option for the state of your carpets.


In Conclusion

Knowing the cause of your carpet odors when you call for a carpet cleaning can help ensure your cleaner is well-prepared for whatever odor-removing needs you may have. Make sure to let them know that there are pet odors to be addressed. By selecting the right cleaning method, your carpet cleaner will give your carpets the best shot at being saved without needing replacement. Replacing carpets can be expensive and time-consuming, so make sure to take steps early in the process to keep your carpets clean over time by promptly addressing pet odors as they happen.

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