If your previous resident had pets, prospects are that they will leave unwanted pet odors behind. A smelly rental property can be complicated to rent out, particularly if your new tenants don’t have pets or are very allergic to pet odors. Eradicating pet odors from a rental property can be challenging, especially if the tenant lived there a long time or the pets caused a lot of damage. To restore your property and get the pet odors out, here are a few tips from the pros that may help.
Assess the Damage
The first step to removing pet odors is to try and figure out what is causing them. Look for areas where the previous tenant’s pets may have urinated or defecated, such as on carpets, walls, or trim. You can also use a blacklight to help you find any urine stains. Just so you know, pet stains can often penetrate below the surface and may be coming from carpet padding or even the drywall. If there is any visible damage, such as urine stains or torn-up carpeting, these will require discipline.
Deep Cleaning and Odor Removal
Assuming you’ve found where pet odors are coming from, it’s time to deep clean the entire house. Using a steam cleaner or hot water extraction method on carpets and upholstery removes residual odors and is useful for that purpose. Use an enzymatic cleaner specifically designed for pet messes on hard surfaces such as tile or wood floors. These cleaners break down the bacteria that cause odors rather than only serves to cover the stench for the time being.
If the pet odor problem is particularly stubborn, consider hiring a professional carpet cleaning or odor removal service. These professionals have specialized equipment and techniques that can effectively tackle tough odors.
However, it’s important to note that even deep cleaning will generally just remove surface odors and may not completely eliminate deeper smells embedded in floors, walls, cabinets, or carpeting.
Repair and Replace
If the deep cleaning didn’t eliminate the pet odors, you may need to order to replace heavily soiled materials such as carpets, pads, subfloor, or even drywall and trim. This can be costly but may be required if deep cleaning isn’t enough to eliminate the odor. For example, if pet stains have penetrated through the paint on a wall, repainting may or may not do anything to suppress the odor. The same thing goes for flooring. In severe cases, you may need to replace sections of flooring, drywall, and trim to eliminate all pet odors completely.
Prevent Future Odors
After you’ve eliminated pet odors, it’s important for Bainbridge property managers to take steps to prevent them from coming back. For future tenants with pets, require them to use odor control measures such as pee pads or regularly clean up after their pets are outside. It’s also a good idea to routinely deep clean carpets and upholstery, even if there are no pets in the rental property. This can help prevent odors from building up and becoming a problem in the future.
Overall, getting rid of pet odors in a rental property can be difficult. Still, with deep cleaning and potentially replacing heavily soiled materials, you can restore your property and make it more appealing to potential tenants.
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