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Hello, friends and hopefully future clients of Mel Cleaning’s end of tenancy cleaning London services!
Mel Cleaning cleaning team knows what smells and odour is left by your own or tenants’ pets and what is needed to be done in cases of end or pre tenancy cleaning of any London property – house, flat, studio etc.
We’ve all been through this: the moment you look away, your pet decides that your new furniture or rug are the best place to relieve itself. No matter how much you scrub and clean, you CAN’T get rid of that terrible smell.
Here are our tips on removing pet smell and odour:
The first thing you need to do is to find the soiled areas, and make sure you retrain your pet to avoid relieving himself in those areas. In order to do that, you have to clean those same areas, and clean them good. If you nose and eyes are not enough, use black light, which is perfect for locating old urine stains. After that, outline those areas with chalk.
- The soiled areas need to be cleaned in order to remove the pet odor
- Just to be on the safe side, tale a trip to your vet to make sure there isn’t any medical reason for your pets’ behavior.
Next step is, of course, cleaning up
The best way to retrain you pet is making the “accident zone” unavailable and unattractive to him, and instead steer him to the attractive spot – in most cases the bathroom.
If you want to succeed in this task, you need to make sure you’ve completely cleaned these areas. The reason is that as long as your pet can sense his own personal scent, he’ll keep going back to the “accidental zone”. Just because you can’t smell the traces of urine, doesn’t mean your pet can’t too.
Cleaning washable items
In addition to the usual machine wash, add a one-pound box of baking soda along with your detergent. We strongly recommend to air dry them. If the odor and stains are still there, wash them again, only this time add enzymatic cleaner, available in any pet store, which is great for breaking down pet-waste odors. Make sure to carefully follow the instructions.
If your pet is the type to defecate or urinate on your sheets and blankets, during the re-training period cover the bed with a vinyl, flannel-backed tablecloth.
It’s cheap, washable and uninteresting to your pet.
Cleaning upholstery and carpeted areas
For new still wet stains:
- Using newspaper and paper towels soak up as much of the urine as possible. The fresh urine is easier to remove, as well as its odor. First place a layer of paper towels on the wet spot, after that cover it with newspapers. It would be better to put some newspaper under the soiled area as well. After removing the padding, repeat the same process until the area is dry, or at least barely damp.
- The urine-soaked paper must be placed in your cat’s litter box or the bathroom area (if you have a dog). This way you remind your pet that his behavior isn’t bad, as long as it’s done on the right spot.
- Use clean cool water to rinse the “accidental zone”, remove as much of the water as possible using a wet vac, or by blotting.
When the stains have already been set:
- From a local hardware store rent an extractor or a wet vac. Those will help when removing heavy stains from carpeting. This machine has the same characteristics as the ordinary vacuum cleaner, but is more efficient and economical. Wet vac machines force the clean water trough your carpet and then forcing the dirty water back out. Do NOT use any chemicals when handling these machines. They are much more efficient with plain water.
- Hugh-quality pet odor neutralizer is what you need once the area is clean. Before using the neutralizer, test it on a small portion of fabric to make sure it doesn’t stain.
- If the area is still stained, try a carpet stain remover.
- If possible avoid steam cleaners. The heat will set the stain and odor permanently.
- Do NOT use cleaning chemicals, especially those with strong ammonia and vinegar odors. Instead of covering the urine smell, they would probably encourage your pet to reinforce their scent mark.
- Rinse all traces of old cleaner and chemicals from the carpet. Any trace of non-protein-based substances weakens the effect of the enzymatic cleaner.
- If the urine has soaked into the padding under your carpet, this makes your job more difficult.
Worst case scenario, you would have to replace the carpet and padding.
Floor and wall cleaning
The acid of the urine might have affected the paint or varnish of the walls, floor or baseboard, resulting in discoloring. In this case a varnish and paint replacement is needed, but make sure the product is safe for pets.
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