Previous owner had a pet

I moved into a new place but one of the roomates in the past had a pet, which I assumed roamed into what is now my room frequently.

It's a carpeted floor with regular dry wall. I vacuumed it fairly hard yesterday but it doesn't resolve the issue very well.

It's definitely better after I vacuumed, but it's still hard to stay in the room. What else can I try to do…?

The closet is particularly bad. The pet smells are particularly strong (I assume they're pet smells) there, even after vacumming and I think that I need to not just clean the floor but probably the walls. I'm not sure if I even want to hang up clothes yet in the closet


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  • Kathy P

    Oh yuck! Is the issue just the smells or are you having allergy issues to the lingering dander?

    For the smells, I've hear is good for removing odors. I haven't used it, but it's what I usually see recommended by others. It has enzymes that break down the organics.

    When we moved into our house, the previous owners had a cat and it's favorite room was what became my office. I'm extremely allergic to cats, so quickly had severe issues! I scrubbed the walls and trim and sprayed the carpet with an anti-allergen spray that contained tannic acid. I don't recall the brand. Looks like .

  • Kathy P

    You're welcome! I hope it helps! Is it bothering your allergies?

    I'm pretty sure you can get the Nature's Miracle at most pet stores too.

  • Shea

    It is really hard to remove dander–especially cat dander. It depends on how severe your allergies are, but it takes about 6 months for it to clear after the person moves out, and that is WITH steaming carpets,vwiping walls, purifiying air or airing out. I have severe allergies, so I would not move into a home with former cat or dog owner, but I have had a horribly long history and that I think is how my reactions have gotten so bad. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Hugs on the issues … I've used Nature's Miracle and it really does work on odors. Another thing that you can do to help break things down is to use straight hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle. The hydrogen peroxide breaks down the cell walls of bacteria — including odor-causing bacteria, speeding decomposition. 

    How I learned to use hydrogen peroxide is by looking on the ingredient label of Clorox Urine Removal for pet messes years ago. Here's more info on how . 

    At WalMart I've found peroxide with a spray nozzle, and I invested in that once. Then I simply buy a cheap bottle of hydrogen peroxide and replace the lid with the spray nozzle. It's a great scent-free way to clean, and I use it a lot.

    Another idea: check out the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program, which has a listing for cleaning services that can help reduce allergens with their cleaning protocols. 

    The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program, administered by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) in partnership with the international research organization, Allergy Standards Limited (ASL), is an independent program created to scientifically test and identify consumer products that are more suitable for people with asthma and allergies. You can find certified products and services such as carpet cleaning, flooring, vacuums and more at 

  • Jen

    @AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Welcome to AAFA's support forums.    Do you think any of the suggestions will work for you?

  • K8sMom2002

    @AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, how are things going with the new vacuum? Did you ever steam treat the area?

  • Jen

    @AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA So…any issues with staying in the room now?

  • K8sMom2002

    @AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, did you do the steaming yourself? Just curious … we don't have a Stanley Steemer near us, and I know my carpets (we still have carpet in our bedrooms) need to be cleaned. I was wondering how you chose your steamer.

  • Jen

    @AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Have you noticed any lingering issues with pet dander?