Simple Fixes to Pet Damage in Your Home

Our furry friends truly add value to our lives, but it doesn’t mean that their presence in our house adds value to it, too. While we love having our beloved pets around, it may be wise to pay attention to pet damage in our home as this may affect how a potential buyer may view the house in the future. While it is impossible to keep a house with pets immaculate, RISMedia recommends paying attention to the following most common pet-related home problems that may help keep the visible damage (and potential turn-off) for buyers at a minimum:

Carpet stains. The best solution to keeping your carpets in pristine condition is to schedule regular professional cleaning. However, “accidents” may happen and you should be prepared to apply emergency countermeasures to lessen the staining. Always wipe up the mess IMMEDIATELY; use a paper towel to clean up, and follow through with a mixture of water and vinegar to de-stain and deodorize the area. For stubborn stains (or messes that were neglected for too long), try using pure vinegar. Soak it up, scrub the carpet, and leave some baking soda over the stain to dry. A vacuum is all you need to get the job done, but wait for the baking soda to completely dry off first.

“Smelly” Floor boards. One of the first things that potential buyers look at in a home is the flooring. While it’s easy to polish up a hardwood floor, removing pet odors from years of fluffy-friend occupancy is a totally-different thing. Your Wild Home writer, Megan Wild, recommends using vinegar, baking soda, or hydrogen peroxide to immediately deodorize the area. The downside of these cleaning materials though, is the risk of damaging the sealant or natural color of the wooden floors. Always remember to apply any of these agents with caution and NEVER leave it on the floors too long.

Leather Upholstery. Leather makes anything look high-class, so having leather furniture in your home sale package may be a bonus. However, leather furniture damaged with claw marks can annoy, instead of charm, a potential buyer. To remove pet damage to your much-loved leather furniture, apply white vinegar to the area with a soft cloth to make the leather swell and hide the scratches. An additional coat of leather polish will help conceal the marks. For deep scratches though, you might have to buy a leather repair kit or have the furniture reupholstered altogether.

To read the complete article on how to repair damage caused your canine and feline besties, please access the original RISMedia article here.

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