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Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

Outdoor livable space is a popular trend. You can set up an outdoor seating area, outdoor kitchen or outdoor dining space. This allows you to entertain guests outside or host a larger party than what your home can hold. This trend inspired my wife and I to build our own outdoor livable space. However, one of the biggest decisions we faced was what the base for our space would be. We could use concrete, lay pavers or construct a deck. After doing a lot of research, we decided on a deck. It was a challenging decision, but we are pleased with the outcome. In fact, we are so happy we decided to start this blog and help educate other people on decks and livable spaces. Learn the benefits, learn the downside, learn how to care for your and learn what kinds of wood are best for an outdoor deck.


Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

A Landlord's Guide To Professional Carpet Cleaning In Dog-Friendly Rental Properties

by Kelly Simmons

If you own or manage a rental property and you permit your tenants to have dogs, taking the necessary measures to provide the safest and most hygienic environment for your tenants will obviously be of the utmost importance. As part of that, professional carpet cleaning is likely to be required. However, specific measures above and beyond standard carpet cleaning may also be necessary. That is especially true if you suspect that there have been either pet urinary accidents on the floor since the last time that the flooring was professionally cleaned and sanitized. Therefore, it is a good idea to be aware of the following information.  

Future Dogs May "Mark" Their Territory If They Detect That Previous Canines Have Urinated In The Home  

It is important to note that while the majority of responsible pet owners probably cleaned up any accidents that their dogs left in the home. However, they could easily have done so with an over-the-counter cleaning agent. Those products may only eliminate the odor and stain on the top of the carpet, while the substance in question may have gone further down the strand of carpet.

Therefore, the carpet might look and smell fine to humans, but the discerning nose of a dog can detect more scents than people can. As a result, it would not be uncommon for future canines to want to mark their territory to keep it safe from the previous dogs in the home that the animal can detect. Fortunately, you can prevent that issue by taking specific steps when having the carpets professionally cleaned, as explained below.  

When Dogs Are In The Home, Standard Carpet Cleaning Between Tenants May Not Be Sufficient

When the carpet is finally clean, it is best to speak with the technician about ways that it can maintain its pristine condition. For instance, many carpet cleaning professionals suggest the use of a topical product that goes over the newly cleaned carpet to prevent much of the animal fur from embedding in it again in the future.

Another option involves the use of an odor neutralizer, if the carpet cleaning did not automatically come with it. You may also want to consider putting in the lease or pet agreement you make with your tenants that inspections of the home need to be done at regular intervals. Alternatively, some property management experts require that tenants who have pets must have the carpets professionally cleaned on a regular basis at their own expense and provide proof of having done so.

In conclusion, it is often possible for a carpet to appear clean but to actually contain stains nearer to the padding, allowing the growth of harmful bacteria and other issues for your new tenants. As a result, it is a good idea to be aware of the advice shared above when you are determining the most appropriate processes for having the carpets cleaned professionally in your dog-friendly rental property.