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Odor Free Pet Homes

This post includes several tips to make sure your home for sale smells as nice as it looks. Learn how to keep your pet home odor free. If visitors or potential home buyers consider pet smells and hair as much a part of the home as the front door, read on for help!
Post by Jenny Ergle

Odor Free Pet Home for Sale

There is no reason your precious furry family members should add to the stresses of selling your home. Gather the resources listed here and follow our cleaning tips for an odor-free home listing. 

You will need:

  • Carpet protection tape – we recommend Carpet Shield found at Home Depot
  • Gallon jug of clean tap water
  • Vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Dust mop – we love the microfiber O-Cedar (found at Wal-Mart) because the cover is washable
  • Mop and cleaner for all hard floors. Bona Premium Mop for Hardwood Floors cleans our floors and leaves a fresh smell. You can find the mop, cover, and cleaning solution at Wal-Mart
  • Pine Sol
  • Bleach
  • Cleaning bucket - $8 Libman from Wal-mart works and when we aren’t using it, we store floor cleaner products in it
  • Mop with washable head - check out the $10 Libman at Wal-Mart
  • Rags

Floors – Carpets and Rugs

  • Mix a gallon of water with a cup of vinegar
  • Fill a spray bottle with the mixture
  • Spray the entire area generously (the floor should be damp)
  • When floors are dry, vacuum
  • Spread carpet protection tape over highest traffic paths & stairs

Floors – Hardwood

  • Vacuum daily – close doors to rooms that are not used frequently – reopen for showings
  • Dust mop – mop everywhere, but especially under furniture where the vacuum can’t reach. *Tip: use on walls, baseboards, and doors
  • Mop all surfaces with hardwood floor cleaner
  • Wash dust mop cover after each use – you don’t want to bring back dirt and smells next time, so have a clean cover at all times

Tile Floors and Baseboards

  • Mix a solution of 1 cup Pine Sol, 1 cup bleach, one gallon water in a bucket
  • Wet a cleaning rag and wipe down baseboards, doors, light switches
  • Mop floors with cleaning solution
  • Dispose of cleaning solution and replace with clean water
  • Damp mop floors to remove cleaning solution

Jenny Ergle

Author: certified home stager, published learning and development professional, professional photographer, actress
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