How to Clean Pet Odor Out of Couches and Upholstery

Posted on 7/10/2020
Categories: Cleaning Pet Messes
How cute are your pets? The cutest, right? Ours too. And we love snuggling up with them on the couch, in chairs, on the floor or wherever we are in our homes. It’s the best thing about having a pet: the companionship and understanding. The struggle is that every piece of furniture may end up turning into a pet bed. So, what is the best way to keep furniture looking and smelling clean with pets in the home? BISSELL Rental has some products and tips to help you with pet odor removal and pet stain removal from your upholstery and furniture.

Removing Pet Odors from Upholstery

Getting pet odors out of your fabric furniture can seem hard. Pets love to lounge around on those big couches and chairs – they are just like large dog beds or more comfy cat perches. Couches also see a lot of life, and sometimes a pet mess or two.


Rent BISSELL Big Green PLUS Upholstery & Stair Cleaning Tool Attachment

The best way to get rid of pet stains and odors from our home is to deep clean our carpet because vacuuming alone isn’t enough. But what about deep cleaning upholstery, fabric furniture, and couches that smell like dog or have had a pet accident? Renting BISSELL Big Green carpet cleaner along with the Upholstery & Stair Cleaning Tool will help you achieve a deep carpet clean and you’ll also get a pet stain remover to clean your furniture and upholstery!

The Upholstery & Stair Cleaning Tool features a 6” wide cleaning tool head and a 9’ hose. The tool attaches right into the top tank on the Big Green machine and allows you spot clean pet stains and deep clean chairs, sofas, and fabric cushions. It works great as an upholstery fabric cleaner and pet stain remover in one!

Removing Pet Hair from Upholstery 

The first step to getting rid of pet odors is to vacuum up pet hair. Our furry friends leave a lot of themselves behind and it gathers on all available surfaces. We recommend vacuuming your couch and chairs often, because vacuuming frequently will help to remove extra pet hair and alleviate the extra dirt and dust pets leave behind that attribute to smelly furniture.
To make cleaning upholstery easier, use your vacuum’s tools and the hose. The crevice tool can easily get into the nooks and crannies of furniture and an upholstery tool will help clean flat surfaces and arms.
Keeping a cordless vacuum on hand to use on furniture can also make it easier to vacuum more frequently – and more efficient! Some, like BISSELL’s Pet Hair Eraser® or Pet Hair Eraser Lithium Ion, come with tools to pick up pet hair, making it even easier to clean your fabric upholstery with pets.

Removing Pet Urine Stains from Upholstery

Wondering how to get pet urine stains and smells out of your couch? Accidents happen, and we have the solutions to help you clean up after your pets.

Cleaning Fresh Pet Urine Stains on Fabric Furniture

The best way to clean up pet pee is to get the mess as soon as you see it. Urine stains that have dried and set are harder to clean than fresh urine stains. If there is still moisture, gently blot with a white towel or paper towel, without pressing. Next, spray the urine stain and surrounding area with an enzymatic cleaner, enough to saturate it, to allow the formula to begin removing pet odors and lifting the stain. Enzyme action cleaners, like Pet Urine Stain and Odor, work best for organic stains like urine and feces. Wait 5 minutes then blot with a color-safe cloth before letting it air dry.

To get a deep clean, rent a BISSELL Big Green carpet cleaner with an Upholstery & Stair Tool. Using a carpet cleaning machine rental, along with the Upholstery & Stain Tool, make it easy to clean upholstery and will help fully remove urine stains from your couch or chair’s upholstery.

How to Clean Dried Pet Urine Stains from Upholstery 

If the pet urine stain on your furniture isn’t fresh and is dry, spray the stain and surrounding area with an enzymatic cleaner enough to saturate it and cover with a damp, color-safe cloth. Keep the area covered and moist for 24 hours to allow the enzymes in the formula to remain active and fight the stain. Afterwards, deep clean your upholstery with the Big Green and Upholstery & Stair Tool rentals.

Preventing Future Pet Odors and Stains on your Furniture

Some of our best tips is to take preventative measures against stains and odors on your furniture and upholstery.
  • Give your dog baths regularly.
  • Brush your pet daily to cut down on the amount of hair and dirt that gets on furniture.
  • Use a throw blanket to cover furniture where your pet spends most of their time, or purchase slip covers that can be easily cleaned.
  • Wipe your pet’s paws when they come in from outside to clean off dirt they may track inside and around the house.
  • Use Pet Stain & Odor formula to deter your pet from remarking any areas they’ve had accidents.
  • Consider getting an air purifier to minimize pet dirt and dander in your home, like the BISSELL air220. It has a sleek design and three levels of filtration to capture home and pet odors.
We’ve had many years to figure out the best ways to remove stains and odors from upholstery. When it comes down to it, the simplest way is a mix of prevention techniques, some regular vacuuming, and the occasional spot clean and deep clean to maintain furniture with pets. If you have more home cleaning questions, check out some of our other articles. BISSELL Rental is a resource for all things home cleaning!
Previous     Next