MANY HOME SELLERS HAVE BELOVED PETS…LIVING WITH THEM DAILY YOU MAY NOT BE AS SENSITIVE TO THE 3 MOST COMMON DOG GRIPES. THIS COULD BE BENEFITAL IN SELLING YOUR HOME TO A NON-PET LOVER.
1. Dog fur everywhere
We all love our pets dearly, but the same can’t be said for the hair they leave behind on the sofa. The first step in this seemingly never-ending battle is to reduce the amount of hair circulating around your home by bathing and brushing your pets regularly. Keep a lint brush handy to pick up any loose hairs on the sofa. If that doesn’t work, there are a few things you can try to remove stubborn, hard-to-lift hair.
Run the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner over the affected area; Put on a pair of dampened rubber gloves and run your hands over the fabric (obviously this wouldn’t be suitable for delicate upholstery fabrics such as silks); or use the age-old favorite of wrapping masking tape around your hands, sticky side out, to dab and collect hair.
2. Wet dog smell
Damp dog smell is another bugbear for many pet owners. There are some great tips for keeping smells at a minimum, and getting rid of lingering odors in the home.
First and foremost you need to make sure you are washing your dog using appropriate products and that you haven’t made the common error of over-washing. Dog and human skin has a different pH level so it’s important to always use shampoo and conditioners that have been formulated specifically for use on dogs. Washing should be no more frequent than a weekly affair, except in the case of unfortunate accidents.
Dogs with sensitive skin may improve if you push washing out to fortnightly with spot cleans and plenty of brushing in between. Keeping hair around the back legs and tail clipped short should help prevent smelly spots around the trouser area. There are also supplements that can have a positive effect on controlling odor issues.
Longhaired dogs need a little more pampering than a shorthaired pooch. Set up a mini salon before you start with small scissors for snarls and knots, a detangling comb (most good pet shops sell bladed versions) and a hair dryer. Drying after washing will go a long way to getting rid of the damp dog smell that can pervade a house.