Are you nose blind to pet odors in your Home?
Over time, we can become desensitized to offensive odors. What at first may be an unbearable smell can become less bothersome or even undetectable if you are around the odor for long enough. This often happens when we have pets—when you bring home a new cat, the litter box smell might bother you for the first few days, but then you get used to it. The same goes even for new puppies or kittens that may soil floors and carpets. After we clean up the spot, it may smell for a little while, but then we no longer notice it. For many homeowners in this situation, they falsely believe that the odors have simply gone away. What is really going on, however, is that they simply have been around the smell for so long that it has become normal.
When the time comes that you want to sell your house, you will have outsiders like real estate agents and buyers visiting. When the real estate agent first comes over to have a look at the house is most often when you will be told about the smell—you might not realize it, but your home has strong pet odors. Realtors often have to have this uncomfortable conversation with sellers and tell them that they are going to have difficulties getting offers on their home unless they do something about the smells.
It’s true that pet odors can kill a home sale—if no one is honest enough to tell you about the odors before you begin showings, buyers will probably notice them first thing, and automatically check out for the rest of the showing. Nothing turns off a homebuyer like offensive smells, and pet odors like urine and litter are easily identifiable. Ideally, your real estate agent will point out the odors so you can take care of them before wasting time showing the home to buyers who will be deterred by them. If you get rid of the odors before beginning the selling process, you have a much higher chance of getting offers more quickly.
How to Eliminate Pet Odors in Your Home
If you want to attract buyers and get the best money for your home, you are going to have to address the pet odors. Even if they are no longer noticeable to you, if someone has pointed out that they’re a problem, you will need to deal with them. You want to make sure the first and last thing a potential buyer remembers about your home is not how bad the smell was.
Here are a few tips for getting rid of the odors in a natural and safe way:
Encourage ventilation – This is important for not just pet odors, but any kind of odor. Odors will build up and become trapped inside the closed-in environment in your home. Opening windows, turning on a fan, or both will let fresh air in to dilute the smell and allow some of the offensive odor out of the home as well. Ventilation should always be done to aid in the elimination of odors but is rarely enough by itself to take care of the problem.
Confine the problem – If possible, the best-case scenario would be to have pets stay with a friend or family member during the odor removal process and during showings to prevent the problem from persisting. That is not always possible, however. If your animals must stay with you, try your best to control the root of the odor problem. If they soil the carpet frequently, confine them to an area where there is no carpet. If the litter box is the problem, try keeping it in a basement or other location where guests won’t frequent. Getting to the root of the strongest odors and controlling the cause can reduce the number of offensive pet odors in your home.
Wash all fabrics – With the exception of clothes or fabrics that require special cleaning care, wash the fabrics in your home. Pet hair and odors can build up on these items—if you have dogs or cats and have been to a friend’s house where they also have a pet, you probably have noticed that their pet could detect your pet on your clothes. Wash bedding, clothing, mats, etc. that your pet has come into contact with. Check out our OdorKlenz laundry additive for use on the toughest odors.
Clean Hard Surfaces – Surfaces like hardwood floor, tile, or laminate floors should be cleaned in order to further ensure odors are eliminated. You may use bleach if you think necessary. Otherwise, natural cleaning solutions such as vinegar and baking soda do a will help reduce the odors slightly but for removing pet odors from surfaces and upholstery we recommend you take a look at the OdorKlenz Source Treatment .
Shampoo the carpet – Having your carpet shampooed, whether you do it yourself or call in a professional, will not only leave it smelling fresh but can improve its appearance, therefore becoming even more attractive to potential buyers. Many realtors will suggest doing this regardless if pet odors are present or not. Sometimes, deep urine spots may still cause an odor even when shampooed. Make sure to ask before having it done what the success rate is for pet odor removal.
Replace carpet or padding (if necessary)– Shampooing may work if pet odors are caused by hair or dander from pets. If the odors are from a new puppy or kitten who was not properly potty trained, however, even the strongest shampoo products may not completely get rid of these odors. The shampoo treatment may mask the odors for a few days, leading you to believe that the stench is gone—but once the top notes of the fragrance used in the shampooing disappear, the odor will likely persist. Sometimes, the only option is to remove or replace the carpet. You may get more for your home this way than if you leave it as is with the unpleasant pet smells.
After doing what you think should be the necessary cleaning, don’t rely on your own nose to make the call on whether or not the home is ready for showing. Remember, you have been desensitized to the smell and may not even be able to detect it. Have friends, family, or your realtor be the judge on what the initial impression is when walking into your home. If it is still obvious to them that you have pets around, you may have to rethink your strategy.
Without a doubt, pet odors can kill a home sale, even if everything else about the house is in top condition. When buyers are looking at homes, they are usually creating a mental checklist of the work they are going to do when they move into the home. Pet odors are tricky, and they will not want to commit to a home where they are not sure they will be able to get rid of them. Be proactive and take these steps to make sure that strong pet smells are not what buyers remember after viewing your house. With these tips, along with tidying up and having your house looking its best, you will be on your way to getting a good deal for your home.
OdorKlenz Pet Air Purifier for Pet Odor Removal
So you have done everything from a deep cleaning to airing out your home and the pet odors still exist? The next steps should be to take a deep breath and find yourself a pet air purifier that can help control pet dander as well as help remove pet odors from your home.
Carbon is often thought of when it comes to media with odor removal capabilities for air purifiers, but it has drawbacks because it relies on physical absorption. Since carbon does not neutralize or breakdown chemicals, the odors have the potential to be released back into the air. This can happen based on a variety of environmental changes such as temperature increases or humidity changes. Instead, the OdorKlenz Air Filter Cartridge has a patented media that works through a process we call “Adsorptive Neutralization” to attack, attack, and break down odors keeping them safely inside the air filter cartridge (and not in your home).
The OdorKlenz mobile air purifier is your #1 choice for pet dander removal and pet odor neutralization by providing your home with clean air without releasing any chemicals or fragrances back into your environment. The OdorKlenz pet air purifier can easily be moved around from room to room to address the problematic areas in your home such as placing it near your cat litter box
in a room where your pet’s bed is located in your child’s room who suffers from pet allergies in your living area to remove odors and pet danders and avoid any embarrassing encounters with family and guest
The OdorKlenz Air Purifier System is able to accomplish this through the use of a patented technology packaged in an easy to use cartridge that elegantly resembles an air filter. What makes it different however is the technology offers chemical removal and neutralization. Since odors are just airborne chemicals that we can smell it works on them too (and even some of those we don’t smell or have become desensitized too).
+ An easily installed OdorKlenz-Air Cartridge contains a proprietary blend of materials to neutralize odors, chemicals, gases, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), and larger particulates.
+ A multi-speed blower offers the quiet and efficient air flow. The low setting allows for near silent operation while still maintaining odor elimination. Medium to High speeds creates maximum air efficiency at noise levels still suitable for residential and commercial use.
+ Affordable maintenance costs.
+ No tools are required for unit maintenance.
Dimensions: 15.5″W x 15″D x 19″H; weighs less than 20 pounds. 115 volts; 60 Hz; 1 amp; 100 watts; 8 foot power cord.