With three dogs under foot, we’ve gone through our fair share of dog beds in the past eight years. Even when beds still looked brand new, they certainly didn’t smell brand new—and nothing seemed to work to get the stink out! Think you’re destined to buy new beds every month? Think again! We have the simple tricks to getting those beds (and towels and blankets) clean and smelling fresh as new!
By: Kyle McKay
You’ve rolled on a fresh coast of paint and banished the battered Barcalounger into storage – it’s time to sell your house! But no matter how delightful your digs, pet odors can make even the most beautiful homes a bust. Don’t let your four-legged love chase away perfectly good prospects! When it’s time to open your doors to the buying public, freshen your nest with these simple tips.
1. Clean everything
This may seem like obvious advice, but smells can hide disguised in places you wouldn’t expect. It’s worth it to invest in professional carpet and upholstery cleaning but also give linens, pillows, throws and curtains a regular spin in the washing machine while your realtor is showing your home.
Don’t forget about dog beds! Many have removable covers that are machine washable. If yours doesn’t, or if your best friend’s bunk is more than a year old, you may want to purchase a new one.
2. Ditch the wicks
A home full of lit candles could raise a red flag for potential buyers appraising your abode. If you need a quick and dirty fix to perfume over your pup, go for something more subtle. Wax warmers, strategically placed plug-ins and baking soda-based carpet powders can snuff out anything unpleasant to sniff in a pinch.