Call in a pro
If urine damage is really bad and has occurred repeatedly over a long period, it’s really hard to remove the evidence, Aslett says. Seriously consider calling in a professional deodorizing technician, not just a carpet cleaner. Though sometimes the carpet can be saved, “In most cases replacement (of carpeting and padding, and sealing of the subfloor beneath) is the most realistic solution to widespread urine damage,” Aslett writes.
Some people resist the cost; they shouldn’t, Aslett says. “You’ve got a $400,000 house – and you’re going to let a $2,000 carpet ruin the sale?” he says. Put down new carpet.
One final tip, as you look toward your next home: “The best cure for pet cleanup is N-O-W,” Aslett says. At your next home, jump on any of Spot’s accidents ASAP, so you’ll have less to worry about in the future.
Follow these tips, and you’ll be wagging your tail when the homebuyers coming knocking and the offers come pouring in.
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