How to De-Pet Your Apartment
Recently we have had several problems with pets in rentals. Although we certainly love furry-friends, we want to re-emphasize the importance of maintaining a great environment for not only you and your pet, but also for those that will live in your rental after you. Whether you need to get rid of pesky pet hair or eliminate odors, you can leave your apartment looking as good as (relatively) new! Here are a few tips for banishing the ghost of Fluffy’s past:
- Conquer the Carpet -
Your pet likely sheds, leaving fur stuck in the fibers of your carpet. These tiny hairs are stubborn, so you need to come at them with precision and determination. Here are a few tips when cleaning your carpet:
Get a Pumice Stone: Start by using a pumice stone to attract fur. Gently rub the stone back and forth over your carpet to cluster the hairs. When you vacuum, they’ll be near enough to the surface that they’ll be sucked up.
Vacuum in Multiple Directions: You can also loosen fur by altering the direction in which you vacuum. While this means you’ll go over the same spots numerous times, the method helps to detach stubborn hairs.
- Employ Baking Soda and Vinegar-
The dynamic duo of baking soda and vinegar can be your greatest ally in de-petting your apartment before moving out. If Fluffy (god forbid) urinated on your carpet or furniture, you may have some residual mess.
The moment you notice the puddle, get to cleaning! When the urine dries, it gathers bacteria, which causes odor. Start by soaking the liquid with paper towels. Keep piling them on the spot until no more liquid soaks through.
Then, get a black-light. The fluorescent color will illuminate leftover urine. Then, mix a batch of liquid that’s equal parts vinegar and water. Use a sponge to apply the liquid to the lit spots on your carpet. You can do this with dry, old urine spots too. Vacuum the residual vinegar.
Once the spot is dry, sprinkle baking soda over the top. Next mix half a cup of 3 percent peroxide with 1 teaspoon of dish detergent (the kind you use outside of your dishwasher). Blot the mixture over the baking soda, working it to the baseboard. Scrub the area with a brush and let it dry.
Vacuum once again and let the area dry completely. Bam! You’re done.
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