Do you have animals in your home? Are you an owner of dogs, cats, birds, or other types of exotic animals? One of the best feelings of owning your own home is being able to have any type of animal you want without having to confer with a landlord or pay a pet deposit.
Though if you are you thinking of selling your home or buying one, you need to give consideration as to what smells hit you when your front door is opened. When having dogs or cats you can become accustomed to their smells but what if you aren’t an animal lover and are looking for that new home? Would you consider buying one that had animals in it before with a lingering odor? Most people who aren’t animal owners will just walk away and say, “No, thank you,” even if the home is perfect in every other way.
Here are a few cleaning and controlling odor tips if you are an animal lover.
1. Vacuum and Mop
It may seem like a no brainer but not everyone likes to consistently vacuum or mop. If you are a person who occasionally vacuums when dust bunnies start to collect, but are considering selling your house in the near future, you need to ramp it up. Once or twice a week will help start to eliminate odors. Make sure you are getting around the floor boards, behind speakers or tables, and under the chair and couches. Pet dander can collect and move all over the place. Once you have vacuumed make sure you scrub and mop any hardwood, tile, or laminate floors. This will start to help reduce the animal smell that may be in your home and you will stay ahead on open house cleaning. A win-win.
2. Wash Pet Beds and Polish Wood
Do you have animals that are allowed on furniture? Remember to regular wash couch covers, blankets, and or pet beds. A lot of times we forget these areas but it is essential when trying to remove odor. Also, if you have tables they lean against or brush against, give them a good wiping down. Coffee tables are at the perfect height to collect hair and dander, as well as leather chairs, stools, or ottomans.
3. Animal Baths
I admit, washing cats may be hard and hazardous, but make sure you are giving your dog(s) multiple baths. Don’t wash them every day but get them on a schedule to help maintain good coat oils and control the dander that is left behind during shedding. Even if you don’t have a dog that sheds, a designer breed, they still need to be groomed and have their coat maintained for their overall care.
4. Essential Oils and at-home-remedies
There are a lot of home remedies you can make with oils, baking soda, vinegar, water and a spray bottle that will help. Do some research on what would work best for your type of home. Need to get rid of a pesky cat urine odor? Look into enzyme eliminators for best results. Don’t have time to make your own? There are plenty of powders, pre-mixed oils, and cleaners in the pet isle that do work. Just take the time to read them over and always do a test area on your carpet before full use.
Owning pets is a huge joy in life for most of us. A lot of people don’t mind pet smell, hair, or anything associated with animals but if you are selling your home you do need to consider some of these tips and techniques.