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How to Eliminate Pet Odors from Your Rental Property

A Dog Rolling on the Carpet of a Flower Mound Rental Home If your previous tenant had pets, the prospects are that they will leave unwanted pet odors behind. A smelly rental property can be difficult to rent out, especially if your new tenants don’t have pets or are very sensitive to pet odors. Eliminating pet odors from a rental property can be difficult, particularly if the tenant lived there a long time or the pets caused a lot of damage. To restore your property and get the pet odors out, here are a few tips from the pros that may help.

Assess the Damage

The first step to removing pet odors is to try and figure out what is causing them. Look for areas where the previous tenant’s pets may have urinated or defecated, such as on carpets, walls, or trim. You can also use a blacklight to help you find any urine stains. Just be aware that pet stains can often penetrate below the surface and may be coming from carpet padding or even the drywall. If there is any visible damage, such as urine stains or torn-up carpeting, these will need to be addressed.

Deep Cleaning and Odor Removal

As soon as you have identified where pet odors are coming from, it’s time to deep clean the entire house. Using a steam cleaner or hot water extraction method on carpets and upholstery can help remove any persistent smells. Use an enzymatic cleaner specifically designed for pet messes on hard surfaces such as tile or wood floors. These cleaners break down the bacteria that cause odors rather than just momentarily masking the smell.

If the pet odor problem is particularly stubborn, consider hiring a professional carpet cleaning or odor removal service. These professionals have specialized equipment and techniques that can effectively tackle tough odors.

However, it’s important to note that even deep cleaning will generally just remove surface odors and may not completely eliminate deeper smells embedded in floors, walls, cabinets, or carpeting.

Repair and Replace

If the deep cleaning didn’t eliminate the pet odors, it might be necessary to replace heavily soiled materials such as carpets, pads, subfloor, or even drywall and trim. This can be costly but may be required if deep cleaning isn’t enough to eliminate the odor. For example, if pet stains have penetrated through the paint on a wall, repainting may or may not do anything to get rid of the smell. The same thing goes for flooring. In extreme circumstances, you may have to replace sections of flooring, drywall, and trim to eliminate all pet odors.

Prevent Future Odors

As soon as you’ve effectively gotten rid of pet odors, it’s important for Flower Mound property managers to take steps to prevent them from coming back. For future tenants with pets, require them to use odor control measures such as pee pads or regularly clean up after their pets are outside. It’s also a good idea to consistently deep clean carpets and upholstery, even if there are no pets in the rental property. This can help prevent odors from building up and becoming a problem in the future.


In general, removing pet odors from rental properties can be challenging. Nevertheless, with deep cleaning and possibly replacing heavily soiled materials, you can restore your property and make it more enticing to potential tenants.


Real Property Management Lakeview has a solution for you if you’d rather not deal with concerns such as smelly rental properties and pet addendums. Local specialists in property management, we can help your Flower Mound rental property flourish. For further information on our services, please contact us online.

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