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How to get rid of dog gland smell on furniture

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Do you have a problem with dog gland smell on your furniture? This unpleasant smell can be quite frustrating (and embarrassing when the inlaws show up), especially if you have to live with it. Fortunately, there are a few ways to get rid of it.

Get Ahead of It

We’ll offer two pre-emptive strikes before we dive into the ways to get the anal gland smell out of your couch.

First, don’t let your dog on your couch! If you are able to train your dog to sleep in their dog bed rather than on your couch, you’re already winning.

Second, grab yourself a couch cover to prevent Fido from leaking that nastiness all over your couch. This won’t prevent them from leaking everywhere, but it will put a nice barrier between the leakage and the upholstery fabric itself.

Zoomie Picks

3 best couch covers for dogs

Our recommendations are listed below, we took into account different budgets while recommending these:

$$$ – Orvis Grip Tight Furniture Protector

$$ – FurHaven Waterproof Furniture Protector

$ – PureFit Super Stretch Chair Sofa Slipcover

If a couch cover isn’t for you and you’re still asking, how to get rid of dog gland smell on furniture, don’t worry we’ve got you covered.

3 best dog odor and stain removers

Buy an odor-eliminating product from the pet section of your local pet store or home improvement store, we recommend:

Nature’s Miracle Advanced Stain & Odor Remover

Rocco & Roxie Stain & Odor Eliminator

Angry Orange Pet Odor Eliminator for Strong Odor

These products often work well to eliminate the unpleasant smell that comes from a dog’s scent gland.

Two things to be aware of: You may need to repeat the application if the smell persists, and sometimes, they can leave a residue that you will need to scrub off.

In addition, if you have a sensitive nose, these products can sometimes have a chemical smell to them that not everyone can tolerate.

How to get anal gland smell out of couch

How to get rid of dog gland smell on furniture

Steam It Away

Steam clean your furniture to remove the nasty smell. Rent a steam cleaning machine from your local hardware store and use it to clean any fabric-covered surfaces in your home, including the upholstered furniture and carpets where your dog spends most of its time.

If this is happening all too often, we would recommend buying your own steam cleaner, it will save you time going to the rental store and money in the long run. Our top recommendation is The Bissell Power Fresh Steam mop. It’s great to have this handy mop on..hand for those time when you have pet “issues” to deal with.

Baking Soda Trick

Sprinkle baking soda onto the affected area and let it sit for a few hours. This method works well for removing the scent from your couch since the baking soda absorbs the smell instead of simply masking it. Simply vacuum up the baking soda once the cleaning is complete (20 minutes – 2 hours depending on the “soilage”) and you’re good to go!

White Vinegar Trick (Preferred Method)

Grab a nasty cloth to tackle this filthy job. Soak that nasty cloth in white vinegar and then wipe or pat the area to get rid of the smell. Like the baking soda method, this will also remove the dog odor instead of just covering it up. This method also works on bedding and furniture. The vinegar smell may linger for a few minutes but it will disappear quickly once it’s dry.

Mix together 1 cup hydrogen peroxide and 1/2 cup water. Soak a sponge or cloth in the mixture and use it to blot the surface of the furniture where the smell is the strongest. Leave it on for a 5-15 minutes and then rinse it off with water.

Hydrogen Peroxide Method

Rub a few drops of lemon juice onto the affected surface and leave it for a couple of minutes. Then wash it off with soapy water.

Tea Tree Method

Put two or three drops of tea tree oil onto a cotton ball and wipe the affected area with it. Alternatively, mix Let it sit for at least an hour and then follow up with some warm water to remove any residue.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Love to douse things in apple cider vinegar (like a member of our team who shall remain nameless?), well then you already have on hand our next recommendation.

Mix apple cider vinegar and water (1:2 ratio) together and blot (great word) the affected area. Let the solution sit on the upholstery for at least 15 minutes before scrubbing the surface with a damp rag to remove stubborn stains and odors.

Dry the affected area with a soft cloth to get rid of any excess moisture.

A Word of Caution

As with any home remedy given to you by some rando on the internet, we don’t know if your couch is made of real leather, faux leather, microfiber, or some crazy imported fabric that only the people in the circles you run in have heard of, so please please PLEASE, always test these remedies on a small hidden spot first to make sure it doesn’t damage your expensive furniture.

There are many ways to get the dog smell out of your upholstered furniture and carpets. You don’t need to resort to harsh chemical cleaners to remove the dog smell from your home. Some of the tips above may require the use of some elbow grease but you can be sure that they won’t cause any damage to your home.

The key to getting a dog smell out of your home is to clean as soon as you notice the problem rather than leaving it for days or even weeks at a time.

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