Owning a dog can bring such joyous moments until it comes time to clean up after them. No matter how much you try to clean up a mess after it happens, there is always a lasting odor from pet dander or accidents on the carpet. When moving out of a home, it is essential to get it as clean as possible for the next owners of your house. Here are some tricks from the local movers and long distance movers at Cheap Movers Sacramento to help clean up after your pooch before moving day!
1. Vacuum The Floors
This might seem like a no-brainer, but make sure the pet fur is all vacuumed up before you try any other ways of cleaning the home. Fur and pet dander has been known to linger not only on carpeted areas but also on other surfaces such as upholstery and hard floors. Sprinkle baking soda all over the floor, leave it for a few hours and vacuum it again. The baking soda will help kill any unwanted odors. Let the ground sit for a while and vacuum another time, to be sure you got all of the baking soda up.
2. Let Nature Help
Exposing your home to fresh air and sunlight will help eliminate unwanted odors as well. Hang your rugs on a clothesline to avoid bugs and let the air and sunlight clean out your items. Another great way to allow sun and air in is to open the windows of your home and let it air out on a nice cool day.
3. Identify The Source
When you have pets on carpeted areas, urine odors are more than likely the reason for the smell in your home. If you are unsure where the problem is exactly, turn out all of the lights in your house and walk around with a black light. When you come across a stain on the floor, it will glow in the black light, and you will know where you need to clean. Once you have identified the source of the odor, you will be able to move on with a fresh smelling carpeted area.
4. Wash Floors And Walls
Using a spray of 3 parts vinegar to 1 part water, spritz all of the walls and floors to clean the home fully. You want to spray enough to make the areas damp, but not so much that it is completely saturated in the cleaning mixture. If the stench still does not go away, you might have to repaint the walls using Kiltz to neutralize the odors completely.
If you do not take the time to clean up pet messes, you more than likely will not get your deposit back on a rental property, or you will have to pay for professional cleaning before you get your money back. When selling a home to a new owner, they will demand the home be cleaned from top to bottom by a professional before they agree to close on the house. If you clean up accidents as they occur, it is much easier to maintain a fresh smelling home with little to no signs of a pet even living there.