How To Remove And Keep Dog Odors Out Of Your Vacuum
Keeping up with housework with a dog living in the house can be a lot of work. You spend a lot of time vacuuming to keep dander and fur from building up in the fibers of your carpeting. Unfortunately, after several uses, a vacuum can begin to smell like your dog’s dander and old fur. You can clean the dog odor out of your vacuum. Here, you will learn how to do just that.
To complete this task, you will need:
- Replacement vacuum bag and filters
- Baking soda
- Powdered laundry detergent
- Scented dryer sheet
- Cleaning rags
- Shop vac
Step 1: Unplug the vacuum and remove the bag and filters. If you have a bagless vacuum, empty the contents and set it aside.
Step 2: Remove the screws that hold the base of the vacuum in place and remove the brush and belt. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions if you are unsure of how to do this.
Step 3: Use the shop vac to vacuum out any dust and dog fur that is built up in the vacuum. If you do not have a shop vac, you can use a feather duster or cleaning rag to wipe out as much dust and fur as possible.
Step 4: Wipe down the inside and outside of the vacuum cleaner. Reach as far into the tubing as possible. Try wrapping a cleaning rag around a broom handle, taping it into place and sending it through the vacuum hose.
Step 5: Let the vacuum breath for a night. Set it outside or in your garage to air out.
Step 6: Replace the belt, brush, and base of the vacuum. Insert new filters. Before replacing the vacuum bag, stick a scented dryer sheet inside it. If you have a bagless vacuum, set a scented dryer sheet inside the canister.
Tips for Keeping the Vacuum Smelling Fresh
Before you vacuum, sprinkle the carpet with a small amount of baking soda and powdered laundry detergent. This is basically a cheaper form of carpet powder. Allow the mixture to rest in your carpet for a half hour to absorb the dog odors. Vacuum thoroughly to remove all of the powder from your carpet.
When you put your vacuum away after use, the baking soda and laundry powder will help eliminate the dog odors that would worsen as it sits in your vacuum.
Repeat this process every six months or when you notice the dog odors coming from your vacuum during use. Contact your local vacuum experts, such as Langley Vacuum & Sewing Centre, for more information.