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    • TheMsTeal
    • By TheMsTeal 11th Mar 18, 4:45 PM
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    Cleaning property where previous tenant had dog?
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    Cleaning property where previous tenant had dog? 11th Mar 18 at 4:45 PM
    Hi All! Just some advice needed on cleaning a property where the previous inhabitant had a dog. All the carpets and soft furnishings have been stripped out but there is still a dog smell, though not overpowering; I would like advise on how to get rid of it altogether. Also should I flea bomb it just for peace of mind? I would obviously like it to be as hygienic as possible.

    Thanks in advance.
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    • Wizzbang
    • By Wizzbang 11th Mar 18, 4:57 PM
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    Flea bomb's are particularly toxic, I would only use one if I had a flea problem. Vacuuming should be enough.

    To deodorise, sprinkle Bicarbonate of Soda on the floor. Leave it to absorb the odours for at least 15 minutes or preferably overnight and then vacuum off. It's made by Dri-Pak for household use and comes in a large box. Can be bought for 1 in Home Bargains or Savers (not sure how many you'll need for area and will depend on size).

    You could also try to clean wooden floors by mopping the area with a strong Soda Crystals solution (also Dri-Pak and can be bought for 65p a bag in Home Bargains). Indoor wooden and laminate flooring can be cleaned with Liquid Soap Flakes (made by Dri-Pak under the Wilko own brand, 1.50 a bottle). Mop with fresh water afterwards to remove the soap suds.

    Anything else the smell could be clinging to? Take down curtains and have them dry-cleaned, nets or blinds? Nets can be hand washed or blinds can be vacuumed and/ or washed or given the bicarb treatment.

    I'm hoping the dog hasn't fouled inside the property and that's leached into the floorboards because that can be very hard to remove.

    Are you the tenant or the landlord? Because if renting, then I think the landlord should be taking care of all this.
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    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 11th Mar 18, 5:00 PM
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    Just a good clean with zoflora/bleach/washing up liquid/ stardrops (probably in the same bucket lol and the concoction doesn't even kill you!) will get rid of the majority of it.. the paintwork and walls and doors, everything .. a flea bomb wouldn't hurt but they are really messy.. and probably overkill and wouldn't get rid of any smell.. if they'd had cats I'd say a definite yes, do it!

    just aair the property a lots after cleaning, it will fade over time.

    These things never smell as bad as we tell ourselves they do
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    • TheMsTeal
    • By TheMsTeal 11th Mar 18, 5:16 PM
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    Thanks for your advise; I will give bicarb a try. ALL furniture, curtains have been taken out, only basically kitchen units remaining. To answer your question; I have sole responsibility for cleaning.
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    • Wizzbang
    • By Wizzbang 11th Mar 18, 8:49 PM
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    Just a good clean with zoflora/bleach/washing up liquid/ stardrops (probably in the same bucket lol and the concoction doesn't even kill you!) will get rid of the majority of it.. the paintwork and walls and doors, everything .. a flea bomb wouldn't hurt but they are really messy.. and probably overkill and wouldn't get rid of any smell.. if they'd had cats I'd say a definite yes, do it!

    just aair the property a lots after cleaning, it will fade over time.

    These things never smell as bad as we tell ourselves they do
    Originally posted by pigpen
    Never, I repeat NEVER mix cleaning chemicals! That is the most dangerous 'advice' I've ever read. I mean seriously, it could KILL you and that's not an exaggeration!

    http://www.dri-pak.co.uk/beware-the-potential-killer-under-your-sink/
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    • Wizzbang
    • By Wizzbang 11th Mar 18, 8:52 PM
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    Thanks for your advise; I will give bicarb a try. ALL furniture, curtains have been taken out, only basically kitchen units remaining. To answer your question; I have sole responsibility for cleaning.
    Originally posted by TheMsTeal
    If the property is empty, chances are it's closed up and as the other poster said - I would think leaving the windows open for a day (or longer) once you've cleaned and moved in, would solve the problem.

    To be sure, perhaps take the baseboards off the kitchen units to get underneath? But I doubt that's the culprit. What's on the walls? Dogs will rub against things, and washing down the paintwork might also help if you can't afford to redecorate. Obviously don't get wallpaper wet though and I'd re-paper or take it down and paint if it was me and the smell persisted.
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    • TheMsTeal
    • By TheMsTeal 12th Mar 18, 9:44 AM
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    To be sure, perhaps take the baseboards off the kitchen units to get underneath? .
    Originally posted by Wizzbang
    Thanks: good idea; never thought of doing that before; will bear it in mind if all else fails.
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    • By pigpen 12th Mar 18, 9:53 AM
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    Never, I repeat NEVER mix cleaning chemicals! That is the most dangerous 'advice' I've ever read. I mean seriously, it could KILL you and that's not an exaggeration!

    http://www.dri-pak.co.uk/beware-the-potential-killer-under-your-sink/
    Originally posted by Wizzbang
    actually those 4 together are fine.. but I didn't say they should use them all at once.. I said I would use them all at once.. so put on your glasses and unknot your knickers!

    .. and I would use them together... and I have.. the woman who lived here before us was a troll and the house was the dirtiest place I had ever seen in my life... My mother has had a bucket of the above concoction in her kitchen for the last 20 years (changed regularly obviously!)

    bleach and harpic.. no... big big no.. that WILL kill you!

    and don't use dettol if you have cats as that is poisonous to them.

    Tile floor... is there a tiled floor?

    the grout holds loads of stink. There were terracotta tiles here when we moved in and despite daily scrubbing with various potions.. bleach, febreeze, flash, disinfectant.. (not all together, that would be silly!) more dog stink seemed to seep out of the floor.. in the end I had a slate floor put over the terracotta!
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    At the risk of stating the obvious - stipulate no pets in future, otherwise you'll have the same problem again.
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    • By deannatrois 12th Mar 18, 10:13 AM
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    I have used white vinegar and a good squirt of aerial biological washing liquid in a bucket of water, apply liberally. It has taken doggy related odours out of floor boards. Nothing harmful or breath stopping in them either! You really need enzymes to get rid of doggy odours (assuming its pee related). i don't buy even the specialist shampoos for carpets anymore.
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    • By tori.k 12th Mar 18, 12:47 PM
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    As above biological washing liquid/powder mix with water will sort the problem better as the enzymes will break down organic stains/smells then cover the smell.
    its a trick used by most housebreaking pets so they don't keep marking the same spot.
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    • By Witless 12th Mar 18, 5:13 PM
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    I don't know about doggy smells in a room but for broken eggs or spilled milk in a car I can definitely recommend baking soda left overnight then hoovered up and followed by onions cut in half and left to dry out.
    (I didn't believe it until I tried it - total success)
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    • By purpleivy 12th Mar 18, 10:24 PM
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    When we moved into our first home, we found that the previous owner hadn't looked after the place re his several cats. Gradually we removed carpets (our first guests got fleabites, we only had a couple of chairs so some of us sat on the floor) and cleaned through. Then there was the problem of the bathroom...the old boy hadn't been a good shot. In spite of much scrubbing with all manner of substances, we ended up changing the floorboards, as the smell didn't go.
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    • By TheMsTeal 13th Mar 18, 8:47 AM
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    When we moved into our first home, we found that the previous owner hadn't looked after the place re his several cats. Gradually we removed carpets (our first guests got fleabites, we only had a couple of chairs so some of us sat on the floor) and cleaned through. Then there was the problem of the bathroom...the old boy hadn't been a good shot. In spite of much scrubbing with all manner of substances, we ended up changing the floorboards, as the smell didn't go.
    Originally posted by purpleivy
    Crikey! That makes my problem seem quite small in comparison!
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    • By purpleivy 13th Mar 18, 1:56 PM
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    We must have been rather nave all those years ago. I think my sense of smell is more highly developed now than then. When we moved house after 5 years, I rejected one property because it smelt of dog. I'm really glad we did, as the corner where it stands is even more busy now. As we weren't local we also didn't realise the proximity of the local 'mini tip'!
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    • By JamesO 13th Mar 18, 2:08 PM
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    Just a good clean with zoflora/bleach/washing up liquid/ stardrops (probably in the same bucket lol and the concoction doesn't even kill you!) will get rid of the majority of it..
    Originally posted by pigpen
    A mum was rushed to hospital after being poisoned by a toxic combination of cleaning products.

    She ended up with chlorine gas poisoning from the mixture of bleach, Dettol, concentrated disinfectant Zoflora, and hot water.
    http://metro.co.uk/2017/08/07/mum-almost-died-of-chlorine-poisoning-from-products-she-used-to-mop-floor-6835734/

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    • By LameWolf 13th Mar 18, 5:36 PM
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    When we moved into our first home, we found that the previous owner hadn't looked after the place re his several cats. Gradually we removed carpets (our first guests got fleabites, we only had a couple of chairs so some of us sat on the floor) and cleaned through.
    Originally posted by purpleivy
    Unfortunately, flea eggs can remain dormant and viable for a very long time; so even if there hasn't been a pet in the place recently, there is still a possibility of fleas turning up.
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    • By pigpen 13th Mar 18, 7:14 PM
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    and some people die from a bee sting or a peanut.. there is always one person who has a severe reaction to everything.. I turn into a puffer fish at the mere mention of a latex glove..

    Dettol is a particularly nasty substance I won't even have it in the house. The single worst thing I have found is Stardrops.. I use neat bleach to clean everything with luke warm water.. and the chances are the hot water evaporated the chlorine from the bleach and it was solely that which caused her issues not the mixing the bleach smell is chlorine being given off so if you were to use lots with hot water and inhale the steam... that would be high in chlorine.

    The metro is hardly a reputable intellectual information source.
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    • By Wizzbang 13th Mar 18, 7:31 PM
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    and some people die from a bee sting or a peanut.. there is always one person who has a severe reaction to everything.. I turn into a puffer fish at the mere mention of a latex glove..

    Dettol is a particularly nasty substance I won't even have it in the house. The single worst thing I have found is Stardrops.. I use neat bleach to clean everything with luke warm water.. and the chances are the hot water evaporated the chlorine from the bleach and it was solely that which caused her issues not the mixing the bleach smell is chlorine being given off so if you were to use lots with hot water and inhale the steam... that would be high in chlorine.

    The metro is hardly a reputable intellectual information source.
    Originally posted by pigpen
    I've never 'met' someone resolutely so stupid. Even the NHS hands out the same advice which any internet search would confirm, or even the merest amount of common sense (like reading the back of the bottles). You'd have to be an idiot to mix cleaning chemicals. If you do, then you get what you deserve - especially if you continue to do it after the dangers are explained to you.
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    • By purpleivy 13th Mar 18, 7:40 PM
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    good when you find you have baby sick on your shoulder just when you are about to go out!

    I don't know about doggy smells in a room but for broken eggs or spilled milk in a car I can definitely recommend baking soda left overnight then hoovered up and followed by onions cut in half and left to dry out.
    (I didn't believe it until I tried it - total success)
    Originally posted by Witless
    "Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad"
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