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Old 02-07-2015, 06:20 PM   #1
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New Home, Dog Smell Removal


On Tuesday I will have a new home that has previously housed a dog. I am looking for the best way to remove the dog odor.

The bottom floor is hardwood and tile. The upstairs and stairs themselves are carpet. I already plan to remove the old and get new carpet, but what other steps can I take to remove the odor? I should also add that I do not like chemical options as much as natural methods. The dog supposedly did not roam the house often, we know that the cage was kept in the kitchen and it is clear that the rest of the house was relatively free of dog hair.

Not sure if it is relevant but the house is ~1400 sq ft split probably right down the middle between upstairs and down. Also I did try to search but "dog" wasn't a permitted search because it was too short and "dog smell" brought up everything under the sun that had "smell" in it, I couldn't figure out how to search the whole phrase, apologies if this is a common thread. Thanks!
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Sounds like you're on the right track. Any deodorizing product would help. Just make sure you use the right product for the type of floor; Carpet, tile, hardwood, etc.

We use to have pets and had a similar problem. We removed the carpet, cleaned & waxed floors (all hardwood/tile, no more carpet), and had all the interior walls painted. Smell went away. Additionally, you could change the filter on your hvac system and buy a hepa filter room/air sanitizer.

Others will be along with more advice/suggestions.

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Old 02-08-2015, 08:51 AM   #3
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Add quotes to your search such as "dog smell" or "removing dog smell".

There are commercial urine removal products. Plain old 5% white distilled vinegar works as well. Urine stains on walls and baseboards can be sealed with BIN a form or paint. A heavy general cleaning and new air filters in the HVAC of does a lot. Add an air freshener to the filter for extra effect.
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As a painter who often repaints apartments that have had dogs, after the carpet is removed, I do what Colbyt said, I paint the floors with KILZ or Zinsser's B-I-N to lock in any odors. Then you can install new carpet, laminate, etc. The KILZ is the much cheaper of the two and is just as effective as the B-I-N.
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If the smell really bothers you SW has a paint that absorbs odors It's Harmony, I think, I have never used it but others say it works really well.
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Try replacing word 'smell' with word 'odor' when googling.
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We had funny smells in our house too when we bought it. In a small house with central ac and heat, the smells travel fast from room to room. Getting rid of carpets got rid of 90% of the smell. After just regular painting, cleaning of air ducts and replacing the air filter we no longer smell it, or maybe it's just been replaced by our smells...

Make sure to pull out the fridge and stove when you're cleaning. If the dog used to live in the kitchen there are probably some nice fur balls behind there.

Unless your problem is extreme I think you'll be fine once the carpets are gone and your house is cleaned and painted.
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if the house will be empty you could run an ozone generator. Sounds like it is dog body odor and not urine.
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We had funny smells in our house too when we bought it. In a small house with central ac and heat, the smells travel fast from room to room. Getting rid of carpets got rid of 90% of the smell. After just regular painting, cleaning of air ducts and replacing the air filter we no longer smell it, or maybe it's just been replaced by our smells...

Make sure to pull out the fridge and stove when you're cleaning. If the dog used to live in the kitchen there are probably some nice fur balls behind there.

Unless your problem is extreme I think you'll be fine once the carpets are gone and your house is cleaned and painted.
How did you go about cleaning the ducts?

Thanks for the tips everyone.

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Get a puppy, you'll never notice the old dog smell!

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