Those of us who are animal lovers know how important pets are as members of the family. However, sometimes those furry friends can cause inadvertent damage to our belongings. If you’re getting ready for a local or long distance move, you may just now be noticing some the hidden marks and spots that your pet has left behind over the years. Whether you’re getting ready to sell your home or give the keys back to a landlord, you’ll probably want to clean theses stains as thoroughly as you can. Here are three tips that you can use to help clean up after your dog or cat.
While you’ve likely noticed and cleaned most of the stains left behind by your dog or cat as soon as they happened, it is common to miss a few. This is especially true if you’ve lived in a place with your pet for a long time. If you notice stains in the carpet that are too deeply set, there’s an all-natural way to remove them. Allow vinegar to soak into the stained spot and scrub vigorously to get down into the fibers of the carpet. Then, sprinkle some baking soda into the spot. Once it’s dry, vacuum it up. Using these materials is safer for your pet during a move than cleaning with chemicals, and they’re just as effective. If the stain is too deep and this does not work, you may have to get the carpet professionally cleaned before you hand the keys over.
Hardwood Floor Odors
If you’ve noticed that some of your hardwood surfaces have absorbed odors from your pets, it’s important not to use harsh chemicals that may damage the material. That’s where vinegar and baking soda come in handy again. Vinegar will begin to neutralize smells very quickly and baking soda mixed with hydrogen peroxide can have the same effect. Whatever you use, it’s important to remember not to leave any treatment on the surface for too long, as you don’t want to damage the wood. Fresh lemon can be used after cleaning to add a fresh scent.
Getting Scratches Out of Leather
If you have leather furniture, then you may have noticed some scratches that your furry friend has left over the years. You’ll want to have this furniture looking as nice as possible when you move in to your new place. Claw marks don’t necessarily have to mean the end of leather furniture. If the marks are mild, then a bit of vinegar will cause the leather to swell which, along with some leather polish, may conceal the marks. For deep marks, you’ll need to get a leather repair kit from the hardware store.