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Hot Tips: Removing Pet Hair, Stains and Smells From Your Unit

small dog laying on soft couch, head shake in mid air
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Considering allowing pets into your unit?

Already a pet-friendly host?

Inspired by a New Year's Eve post-party-pet-clean-up

(say that three times in a row!) we thought we'd share our favorite Hot Tips for managing an animal guest mess.



Lint Rollers

This might seem like a no-brainer, but trust us, lint rollers can really do the trick when it comes to pet hair removal. Think bed sheets, pillow cases and duvet covers, the nooks and crannies of couches, and even small rugs!


Hear us out on this one! Even though this tool is primarily used for windows and showers, we've found that squeegees help remove fine hair on velvet and very soft fabric areas. Simply take the squeegee and move it back and forth - you'll begin to see a small pile of hair form! 🙂



Baking Soda Have an area on the couch or bed that carries that undeniable "dog smell?" This affordable and no-nonsense product is known for removing most odors from furniture and carpets. Gently sprinkle the product onto the concerning area and let sit for about 30 mins. Then come back and vacuum up the product!



We found the following helpful tips from COIT Cleaning and Restoration Service!

Vinegar + Baking Soda

  1. Pour a generous amount of vinegar directly onto the pet stain. Be sure to thoroughly soak the stain.

  2. Next, pour a much smaller amount of baking soda onto the stain (be sure to follow this order). You’ll hear the solution working its magic right away!

  3. Let the stained area dry for 1-2 days (if you cover the stain with something like a bowl, that’s always a good reminder to leave it alone).

  4. After 1-2 days have passed, vacuum your carpet to get rid of excess baking soda or wipe down the affected area of your bedding using a clean towel.

Liquid Dishwashing Detergent

  1. First and foremost, if you haven’t done so already, blot the stained area with a towel you can dispose of after use. And if you happen to have a shop-vac, this is a great time to use it on the stain to lift any remaining urine

  2. Next, take 1 cup of warm water and mix it with about ¼ teaspoon of whatever dishwashing liquid you have (note: laundry detergent and hand soap will not work).

  3. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray the affected area.

  4. After the mixture has soaked into the stain quite well (give it a few minutes) use either a shop-vac on the stain or a cotton cloth to wipe up the stain.

  5. Rinse the area with warm water and repeat steps 1 through 4 until the stain is no longer visible.


Turnovur's Pro Tip for Guests:

Notify guests that you're leaving an extra box of baking soda under the sink in case their pet has an accident or leaves behind an odor. Let them know that if they treat the stain right away, this can help your cleaner mitigate the problem and help the guest avoid any extra clean up fees! Better yet, leave directions for your guests on how to manage any pet accidents!

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