End of tenancy cleaning tips for pet friendly properties in London and Surrey
For many of us, a house is not a home without the addition of a loving cat, dog or even a cuddly rabbit or guinea pig.
Not all domestic rental agreements allow pets, but for those that do, making sure all signs of them are removed in thorough end of tenancy cleaning in pet-friendly houses, hostels and or residential or commercial properties, is the only way to ensure the complete return of the tenant’s deposit.
So how can you make sure you eradicate all signs of your beloved four-footed friends from a rented house or flat before you hand back the keys? Here are some top tips.
Treating urine stains
However well house-trained your pet is, it is quite likely that you will have to clean up after an accident sooner or later. Urine spills can become smelly quite quickly so immediate attention is called for. Avoid using ammonia-based products, as these can smell of urine in their turn.
Instead, dab an absorbent terry cloth or tea towel over fresh liquid patches, then pat it several times (do not rub it, as this can damage the carpet beneath) Use a proprietary pet urine removal product to wipe away the rest of the stain, or to tackle dried in stains. If you are not sure where the ‘accidents’ are, buy an ultra violet light and shine it near the carpet to reveal the blighted spots. Place a mark with some chalk nearby so you can find it again in normal light.
Removing shed hair and fur
If your rented house is furnished, a large part of your end of tenancy pet cleaning routine will involve removing fur and hair from sofas, beds and chairs. Even if not, the carpet will need examining to remove the unwanted excess. Use a vacuum cleaner – if possible, one with a special pet hair setting to remove as much as you can.
If the hair leaves a stain behind, consider steam cleaning – you can hire a machine or call in specialists to tackle this for you. If there is only a small area of hair to tackle, wind some sellotape around your fingers, sticky side up, and press against the hair to attach it to the tape.
Banishing unwanted pet signs
Dogs and cats can make a house smell, however careful their owners are regarding hygiene. Owners often become immune to such smells, so it is worth inviting a friend round to tell you honestly if there is a problem. Aromatic candles designed to eliminate pet odours are a good option, as is fabric freshener for the carpets, curtains and upholstery.
Binning and disposing of used litter is also best done immediately too, using tightly secured bags – you can get scented ones to help mask the smells even further.
Keep your pet and its living quarters clean throughout your tenure in the house to cut down on work during your end of tenancy pet cleaning. Bathe pets and wash or change their bedding regularly to help them maintain good hygiene, oral health and grooming. This will keep the odours down – and maintain a cleaner, fresher house.