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Moving Out: How to De-Pet Your Home


labrador dog by a vacuum cleanerYou’ve found your new apartment, the lease is signed, and your belongings are expertly bubble wrapped, packed and on their way. You think you’re in the clear, but you’ve left something behind at your previous residence—pet dander.

Leaving behind a clean apartment will not only help ensure you get your security deposit back, but it will also help you maintain a good relationship with your previous landlord. Pet dander and debris can often linger in your apartment even after you’ve cleaned. If you and your pet are transitioning to a new home but still can’t seem to move out of your old one, try using these tips to “de-pet” your space:


One of the fastest ways to refresh a home is with an air purifier. These machines are designed to remove any contaminants in the air, including pesky pet dander. There are plenty of great selections available online or in store, which retail for a wide variety of affordable price points. Opening windows while operating one of these machines is an excellent way to speed the air cleansing process and eliminate existing pet odor.


If your pets are like mine, you probably find their hair stuck in the fibers of your carpet. More often than not, these small, fine hairs are near impossible to clean up with just a regular vacuum. Not sure how to conquer this cleanup? Enter, the steam cleaner.

Using a steam carpet cleaner allows for a thorough clean up in hard to reach areas. You can also help to loosen fur by alternating the direction in which you vacuum.

Grocery stores and retailers like Petsmart have made it very easy to clean up after your pet. They offer carpet cleaning machines for rental, which help to pick up on even the most ingrained of pet messes.


Baking soda and vinegar can be your greatest allies when it comes to de-petting your home. When combined, these simple ingredients pack a serious punch against pet stains and residue. First, soak stains with vinegar and then sprinkle in a little bit of baking soda. After a few moments, the baking soda will begin to absorb the stain. Next, simply wipe the area clean with a dry cloth and vacuum. Don’t forget to wear rubber gloves to help protect your skin!

Niccole Schreck is a rental experience expert for, a free rental site that helps you find an affordable pet-friendly apartment and provides tips on how to move with your pet. She is also the proud owner of two dogs, Bella and Wallace.

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