Removing skunk odors from inside your home is one of the hardest problems you’ll ever encounter. People are always calling our carpet cleaning service in El Paso, Texas because they’ve tried everything and can’t get rid of the awful stench. To my surprise this sort of situation happens more often than you think because household pets get sprayed and then comes inside and contaminate your home.
Skunk Odors Can Get On Everything
Pets usually get sprayed by skunks either very late at night or very early in the morning. When this happens a they will seek shelter and help from their owners to get that horrible smell off of them. They will come inside the home through doggy doors or make enough commotion until someone lets them in the house. From that point, its game on… Pets will run all over your home and rub themselves against anything they can find. They will jump on you, get on top of beds, rub up against walls, curtains and floors, jump on furniture and try to get the odor off by rubbing themselves against carpet and rugs.
Why Skunk Odor Sticks To Everything
Skunk spray is an oily substance and will stick to anything that it comes in contact with. A good example is to think of it like touching gasoline. Once you get gasoline on your hands it is very hard to get the smell off and very easy to transfer it onto anything you touch because its oily residue sticks to any surface.
What To Use To Remove Skunk Odors
Since skunk odor situations happen very late at night, you’ll need a very reliable solution you can use in the middle of the night. The products used will be somewhere in your home or at the corner convenience store. Here’s a list of the items you’ll need.
- Dawn Dish Washing Liquid
- Oxyclean or Hydrogen Peroxide
- Baking Soda
Once your ready, mix 1 – 2 ounces of dawn dish soap with a gallon of water. Then add 1 ounce of Oxyclean (per gallon) and 1/4 cup of baking soda. Mix these items well in a bucket.
The reason you want to use Dawn is because it contains a very good grease cutter that will remove the oily residue making the skunk odor stick. The OxyClean or Peroxide will attack the odor molecules and kill the smell. Last, the baking soda is really to help absorb the odor so you can work.
Use this solution on anything the pet has touched. Start with the tile floors, wipe down painted walls (may cause paint to come off if not a washable paint), wipe down doors and any hard surface that has skunk odor.
Use this solution to wash the dog too. Make sure you use a soft cloth around the dog’s face as this is a very sensitive area. Once the pet is bathed in this solution and the skunk odor is off, go ahead and give him a regular bath. This will get your pet back to normal.
How to Clean Carpets, Rugs and Upholstery with Skunk Odor
Skunk odor on carpet, upholstery and rugs should be professionally cleaned because they require heavy duty degreasers and oxidizers to remove the oily, smelly residues. This is the hardest part of any skunk restoration job because pets will transfer the most odor onto these surfaces. Unfortunately, the solution mentioned above can’t be used on carpet, rugs or upholstery. These products are not designed for textiles so professional products and equipment will be needed for this part of the job. Be sure to ask the technician for a copy of his odor removal certification as not everyone is qualified restore textiles with skunk odor problems.
Other Helpful Tips For Skunk Odors
The biggest mistake I see homeowners make is allowing a contaminated pet inside your home. A pet is desperate to get the odor off of him or her and will rub up against anything to get the smell off. Leave the pet outside if possible.
If a pet gets inside, don’t keep them inside. Tie them up outside or put them in a kennel that can be washed later. Cleaning a home that’s been skunked can be very messy, very labor intensive and very expensive. Do everything you can to isolate the problem.
Do not put a contaminated pet inside your car. This is the second biggest mistake I see. Your pet will contaminate the upholstery in your car and now you’ll have another expense.
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