Practical advice to help you bust that bad odour!

Luckily there is a solution to “wet dog” odours that does not involve getting rid of the dog!

Your dog’s skin naturally contains bacteria and yeasts that produce smelly molecules called organic acids, which smell even more when wet. Moisture on your dog’s fur dissolves the acids, and a potent, nasty odour is released as the water evaporates.

How to manage “Wet dog” odour

  1. Dry your dog by hand. Working from head to paw, using a clean towel to soak up as much moisture as possible from your dog’s fur.
  2. Pamper your pooch with a blow-drying session. Merely towel drying not enough because towel drying doesn’t remove the offending bacteria. The heat and air from a blow dryer, on the other hand, can help remove the bacteria from the fur. This is the best way to ensure that your dog’s coat is bone-dry.
  3. Mist your dog’s coat with a scented grooming spray. Although a grooming spray doesn’t eliminate the smell of wet dog, it can mask it rather effectively and give your nostrils some reprieve.
  4. Bathe your dog at least every other week, and dry his coat thoroughly before letting him roam the house.
  5. Ensure your home is clean and pay special attention to areas where your dog tends to lie.
  6. Use an odour eliminator such as Febreze® or Zybax Air.

Removing Urine from Carpets

Method 1

  1. Use paper towels to soak up as much of the urine as possible.
  2. Continue blotting until the area is only a little damp.
  3. Rinse the area with clean, cold water. Do this frequently, and remove as much of the water as possible each time using towels.
  4. Continue blotting until the area is only a little damp.
  5. Apply a bio-enzymatic cleaner (such as Zybax Ultra) to the affected area.
  6. Don’t be tempted by products that “kill bacteria causing the smell”. It is the urine that causes the malodours, you need to get rid of the urine to get rid of the smell.

Top Tips

  • Cover the affected area in order to reach all the uric acid crystals left behind from the urine.
  • Don’t skimp on using the product. You will be wasting your time and money!
  • If the odours are old, you may even need to apply a second and third treatment. You should not have to scrub with good enzyme cleaners.
  • When choosing an enzyme-based odour and stain remover, make sure that it also contains “friendly bacteria.” The bacteria will help enhance the odour and stain removal.

Removing faeces (poo) and vomit from Carpets:

  1. Some solids are very easy to remove with a paper towel or plastic glove. Unfortunately, some other ‘solids’ aren’t very solid at all. If this is the case, use a piece of cardboard to remove as much as possible from the fibres of the carpet. It’s always best to do this straight away, before it has had time to dry.
  2. Mix together mild dishwashing soap or laundry detergent with warm water, and gently work into the soiled area. The aim is to clean all the solids from the carpet pile.
  3. Use paper towels to soak up as much as possible.
  4. Continue blotting until the area is only a little damp.
  5. Apply a bio-enzymatic cleaner (such as Zybax Ultra) to the affected area to remove any trace organics.

Top Tips

  • Do not use the ammonia on wool carpeting, as this will leave stains on the material.
  • Peroxide can stain your carpet; be careful if you use it.
  • If using a steam cleaner/extraction machine, use only hot water for the first pass – no cleaning solution or any kind. After using the hot water and extracting as much as possible, use the solution recommended by your steam cleaner/extractor manufacturer for cleaning pet stains for the second pass. This will not only take away any smell, but also any stains.

These solutions are tried and tested but like all things some situations are beyond normal, if trouble persists or they don’t work call the Odour Doctor for specialised solutions guaranteed to work.

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