How to Paint to Cover Pet Odors

Pet odors can create an unpleasant atmosphere in your home and be an embarrassment while having guests over.
Cats make lovable pets but can leave unpleasant odors in your home.Cats make lovable pets but can leave unpleasant odors in your home.
Pet odors seep into your carpets, floorboards and walls, and they are extremely difficult to remove. Pet care stores carry an array of cleaning supplies that assist in removing odors from fabrics and carpets. Walls can be more difficult to clean as they are a solid surface and might be stained or scratched by excessive scrubbing and harsh cleaning products. Painting your walls to cover the scent of pet odors is an option but you must take certain precautions and use specific products for it to be effective.

Step 1

Mix trisodium phosphate with warm water in your bucket. Add 2 tbsp. to every gallon of warm water. Trisodium phosphate is a harsh chemical so you will need to be careful to not get it in your eyes or mouth. Wear gloves and goggles while mixing and applying it.

Step 2

Priming your wall with an oil based primer will help remove pet odors

Cover the area beneath the floor you will be repainting with a drop cloth or newspaper. Wipe the entire wall using your sponge and trisodium phosphate solution. This will clean the walls and assist in removing pet odors before you begin painting the wall.

Step 3

Fill your paint tray with an oil-based primer. Water-based primers will not mask pet odors. Once your wall has dried, tape off the borders of the wall with your masking tape.

Step 4

Apply the primer to your walls in an even coat. Paint the primer on your wall using a zigzag motion with your roller. Do not leave any areas unpainted. Allow primer to dry.

Step 5

Paint a layer of oil-based paint over your primer using the zigzag painting method. Apply another coat of paint once the first coat has dried. After your wall has dried, carefully remove the masking tape and the drop cloth.

Things You Will Need

  • Trisodium phosphate
  • Bucket
  • Sponge
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Oil-based primer
  • Oil-based paint
  • Paint roller
  • Paint tray
  • Drop cloth
  • Masking tape

About the Author

Katie O'Gorman has more than 10 years of professional writing experience and holds a degree from Columbia College in creative writing. She is the founder and owner of Going Steady Studios; an event planning, floral design and styling company.