Your dog can quickly ruin your furniture by urinating on it. This can be frustrating and may be caused by a number of reasons. Your dog may be unwell with a bladder infection, suffering from anxiety, or territorial marking. Any of these issues can be diagnosed and treated by your vet.
In the meantime, dog pee on your sofa is unpleasant and needs to be dealt with. Ignoring the issue may lead to health hazards including the risk of ammonia inhalation – this can be serious for those with weak immune systems or suffering from allergies, and asthma.
See how to get a dog smell out of the sofa here…
On your marks
Preparation is the key to removing smells! If you’ve got all the tools and solutions needed, you’ll be able to carry out the cleaning in one session. You’ll want:
- – A vacuum cleaner with crevice attachment
- – Spray bottles – small and large
- – White vinegar
- – Washing up liquid
- – Baking soda
- – Enzyme deodoriser
- – Febreze fabric freshener
Take off any cushions, throws, or covers that are on the sofa – this makes the cleaning of the sofa itself much easier. All items that are machine washable can be washed on a high-temperature programme. Adding half a cup of white vinegar can help get rid of dog odour as this is a natural deodorising agent that removes unpleasant smells as it dissipates.
Air drying is recommended to avoid tumble drying as the heat may intensify any lingering odours.
Then you can focus on giving the bare sofa a thorough vacuum. Use the crevice tool to reach down into the cracks, along the edges, and between the cushions.
Baking soda is an excellent alternative to commercial air fresheners as it interacts with particles rather than masking them. This method of sprinkling the baking soda onto the sofa and leaving it overnight can be used as often as necessary. Vacuum off any excess powder before re-dressing the sofa.
A solution of water, white vinegar, and washing up liquid poured into a spray bottle is another option to getting rid of dog smells. Mix three-quarters of a cup of water with a quarter of a cup of water and half a tablespoon of washing up liquid.
Bear in mind that vinegar is acidic and will stain certain materials so you need to do a patch test out of the main sight before spraying the entire sofa. If the test is clear you can spray the sofa and allow it to dry overnight, before vacuuming off to remove any vinegar scent.
If you combine baking soda and white vinegar (one cup water, half a cup of white vinegar, and one-quarter of a cup of baking soda) this gives you another cleaning solution. You’ll need to use a large spray bottle here as the mixture will foam and bubble up immediately.
Do a test spot again to make sure there’s no fabric reaction. Then you can cover the sofa with a light spray and allow it to dry overnight. Repeat as necessary and thoroughly vacuum when the dog smell has gone completely.
Other non-chemical cleaning solutions
Febreze fabric refresher pet odour eliminator is proven to be pet-safe. You can use this deodoriser on the sofa by simply spraying lightly. You can also spray the cushions and throws. One disadvantage is that the smell can be off-putting to your dog and other furniture may suddenly become a preferable seating place!
Enzyme deodorisers use active enzymes to cut through dog odour and are highly recommended by vets. All you need to do is spray onto the sofa and let it dry thoroughly before vacuuming. Pet-specific odour eliminators break down organic odours, not just covering them up.
Pet-safe essential oil deodorisers can be made by combining the following ingredients:
- * Half a cup of apple cider
- * Half a cup of water
- * One teaspoon of salt
- * Five drops of lemon essential oil
- * Two drops of eucalyptus essential oil
- * One cup of baking soda
Let the solution stand for three minutes and then conduct a spot test. Spray lightly and let dry overnight. Vacuum off any residue in the morning. Be aware that some dogs may be irritated by essential oils.
Stay fresh tips
To prevent future smells you can:
- – Bathe your dog regularly
- – Brush your dog outside
- – Wipe your dogs’ paws before coming inside
- – Use slipcovers on your sofa that can easily be washed
- – Use throws that are just for your dog
- – Plug in a high-quality air purifier designed to combat pet odours
Get sofa cleaning services
If you don’t have the time or the energy to take on upholstery cleaning why not get in touch with a company that provides professional sofa cleaning? Your technician will inspect your sofa to identify and pre-treat stains and marks with industry-strength products. This will be followed by a deep clean of your sofa using a hot water extraction technique. This removes all dirt and grime from deep within the fabric, leaving your sofa looking and smelling as new!