Those of us who own pets know how hard it can be to keep the home neat and clean. Our furry friends unfortunately have no concept of the messes that they leave behind them on a day-to-day basis, messes that we must clean up. When you’re getting ready to move, those messes can be all that much more pronounced. This is because in the process of moving furniture, clearing out storage spaces and sorting through old belongings, we tend to discover extra messes that we never even knew existed. However, there’s no need to worry about taking a lot of extra time to clean or leaving you’re a mess in the home you’re moving out of. We have some cleaning tips that will help take care of any mess left behind by pets.
Getting the Carpet Clean
While your dog or cat may not be able to clean up their own mess, chances are they’re pretty good at hiding them. This is especially true if you’ve lived in a home with your pet for a long time, you may find stains behind furniture or underneath shelving units. Luckily there’s an all-natural way to remove them. Just allow vinegar to soak into the stained spot and scrub hard to get down into the fibers of the carpet. After that, sprinkle some baking soda into the spot and vacuum it up once it’s dry. Using these materials, and not chemical cleaners, during your move is much safer for your pet. 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.
Odors in Hardwood Floors
It’s also important not to use harsh chemicals on hardwood floors as they may damage the floor itself. If you’ve noticed that some of your hardwood surfaces have absorbed odors from your pets, then it’s time for more vinegar and baking soda. Vinegar will begin to neutralize smells very quickly, while baking soda mixed with hydrogen peroxide can have the same effect. Add a fresh sent to the surface by gently rubbing it with fresh lemon peel when it’s time to wipe up your cleaning solution.
If you have leather furniture then you may have noticed, and been angered by, scratches that your pet has left in your furniture over the years. It’s the kind of thing that’s easy to miss until you start disassembling furniture. Luckily, scratches and claw marks don’t necessarily have to mean the end of leather furniture. As you may have guessed, vinegar comes to the rescue again in this situation. If the marks are mild, then just a bit of vinegar will cause the leather to swell which will make the marks easy to conceal with furniture polish. For deep marks you’ll need to get a leather repair kit from the hardware store.
We all love our pets and wouldn’t trade them for the world, but they do tend to leave behind little presents for their owners to deal with. Those messes can be easily and naturally taken care of by following these three steps that we’ve outlined. So if you and Fido are getting ready for a local or long distance move, a big bottle of vinegar can go a long way to leaving behind a spotless home.