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Holiday entertaining, and pet accidents.

If you’re planning on having folks over for the holidays, and you have pets this blog is for you. You’re planning on having a house full of people, and your pet isn’t used to all these people. This is when the little fellow gets so excited, and happy to see everyone they piddle on your carpet. Heaven forbid your guest take pity on the little critter, and decide to feed them immense quantities of table food. Your carpet problems just became a lot bigger, no pun intended. Well never fear because you’re going to be able to deal with this like a professional. The first thing you need to do when grandma nonchalantly lets you know your dog just threw up on your carpet is grab absorbent towels. You want to pick up as much of the substance as you can. Use your towels to blot up as much of the liquid as you can. The next step is to get a good commercial pet stain remover with enzymes, and if you’ve read this blog you already have it. You will spray the stain with the pet spot remover, and using a spoon agitate the stain working towards the center. You do this so you don’t spread the stain. When you see the stain releasing from the carpet, blot with an absorbent towel drawing the stain out. Continue this process until the stain is gone. Lastly use water to flush the area, and blot again with absorbent towels. You do this to remove any chemical residue from your carpet. Watch a short video on how this is done by clicking here.

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Easy ways to eliminate unpleasant odors

I’m going to share some great idea’s that have been around a long time to eliminate unpleasant odors at home. A stinky garbage disposal can be fixed by feeding it lemon, or lime rinds. A odorous pair of sneakers can be made fresh by inserting a dryer sheet in each shoe. Wet sneakers can be dried rapidly, and kept stink free by shoving balled up newspapers into the shoes. Use your old coffee grounds to absorb odors in you refrigerator. Spread the used wet coffee grounds on a baking sheet, and dry in the oven on warm. Gather into a bowl, and put in your fridge. Cat litter can be freshened by adding used dried tea leaves to the cat litter. Lastly open your windows, and let the sun shine in. Sunlight, and fresh air works wonders on making your house smell wonderful.

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Removing carpet spots and stains.

If you can dream it I guarantee someone has accidentally spilled it on their carpet. I get inquiries every week about an all in one carpet spotter. A carpet spotter so great it will remove anything. I’m here to tell you there isn’t one. When you think of the different compositions of everything possible that could be spilled on a carpet it would be near impossible to come up with a product which would remove everything.

Now I’ll let you in on a little secret. I’ve found a product which comes pretty darn close. It’s an industrial strength carpet spotter, and it is my new best friend. It removes blood, wine, feces, urine, vomit,kool aid, berry stains, coffee, tea, cola, cosmetics, dairy products, food spills, fruit juice, grass, gravy, grime, ketchup, chocolate, pet stains, and spaghetti sauce. I know by now you’re desperate for the name of this wondrous product. Click here for the name of the product, and an instructional video on it’s use. I hope this helps you clean better, smarter, faster, and cheaper.

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Using salt to remove pet urine in carpet

I recently learned one of the major network morning shows featured a guest who recommended cleaning pet urine out of carpet with salt. The recommendation was to dump salt on the pet urine then vacuum it up with your vacuum. I don’t know where people get these crazy ideas. The saddest part of the story is a major television show would give someone a platform to spread this nonsense. First of all salt will not remove urine from carpet. The urine will soak down into the backing of the carpet, and provide a new favorite place for your pet to pee. You have to use a spot remover designed to remove pet stains, blot the stain out of the carpet, and continue this process until it’s out. Use a pet stain remover with an enzyme added to address any residual urine that ends up in the pad.

Lastly if you use your vacuum to suck up pet urine you stand a good chance of ruining your vacuum. Think about the urine you pick up being circulated through all the moving parts of your vacuum. Now imagine what the exhaust will smell like every time you turn the machine on. What do you think happens to the metal parts coming into contact with wet salt and urine. Rust, and corrosion is the answer. Also if you ever read your owners manual it says do not vacuum up wet with your vacuum as a danger of electrocution may occur. Mixing electricity, and moisture isn’t a good idea unless you’re using a wet/dry vacuum. Aunt Patti had to address this crazy recommendation. I’ve been in the business of cleaning almost my entire life, and I’m still amazed at the crazy things people will try. If you want real professional solutions to your cleaning problems visit my web site at www.askauntpatti.com

                                        Aunt Patti

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Pet Stains in Carpet, and How to Remove

Many of us have pets, and unfortunately they sometimes leave us unexpected presents. I’m going to give you step by step procedures on how to get it out of your carpet. The first thing you need to do upon discovering the accident is to remove as much as possible by picking it up or if it’s liquid by blotting it up with an absorbent towel. I’ve found putting as much pressure as possible even standing on the towel laid over the spot is best. Remember if it’s liquid the stain has run all the way through to the padding and you’re trying to draw it up and out. After you have removed as much as you can it’s time to use a spotter designed for pet stains. Make sure the product contains an enzyme. I’ll explain why later. Before you apply spotter to the stain have absorbent towels or rags at the ready. Spray the spot thoroughly and with the back of a metal spoon agitate the stain working it towards the center of the stain. This is so you don’t spread it. As soon as you see the spot releasing from the carpet fibers blot using clean towels. Rotate the towel to a clean area on the towel so you don’t reapply the stain to the carpet. Continue this process until it’s all removed. Lastly rinse the area with a little clean water and blot again.

   The reason you want a spot remover with enzyme is if you have residue from the accident it’ll digest the bacteria. Also you need to make sure there’s an odor counteractant in the spotter. The reason is animals have an acute sense of smell, and if they smell where they went in your carpet it’ll become their new favorite bathroom spot. The product we’ve had the best success with is a product called Unbelievable Pet Stain Remover and it contains an enzyme.

     Lastly I want to speak to you about the magically reappearing stain. This is what we call a spot that you clean but comes back. What’s happening is the stain has run down into the backing of the carpet. You need to reapply the spotter and use your absorbent towels to keep drawing the substance up and out.  That’s why I tell folks to draw the stains out with absorbent towels. In the carpet cleaning industry it’s called wicking and I’m sure you can get more detailed information about it on line. Sometimes with old stains or really bad ones you need to repeat this process to get it all out. Trust me if you follow this process you will get it all out. If you’d like to see a video demonstration of this and the product I use go to www.askauntpatti.com . I hope this helps you.

                                                      Aunt Patti

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Pet odors on concrete floors

Twice in the last week I’ve had customers come to me with pet odor problems, and for a change it didn’t involve carpet. The one gentleman bought a house where the previous owner had locked the dogs in the basement while he went to work. The dogs relieved themselves on the concrete when the urge arose. I imagine this had gone on for some time. The new owner had scrubbed the floor repeatedly but the odor would come back.

I was able to help him and I’ll share the solution with you. First of all let me explain why just cleaning it didn’t work. The dog waste had soaked into the unsealed concrete floor over a long period of time, and the smell was coming from inside the concrete. I sold the man a gallon of a hospital grade disinfectant/cleaner. The floor surface was already clean from repeated scrubbings, so I told him to dilute this product one ounce to a gallon of water and spray the floor completely. He needed to do this for a minimum of a week to kill the bacteria causing the odors in the floor. Now I know someone reading this will say to themselves if an ounce to a gallon is good more has to be better. My advise is don’t do it. It won’t kill  bacteria faster, and you’ll be wasting money.

Now what to do with the left over disinfectant/cleaner. Mix it up in spray bottles and use it to clean the sinks in the bathroom. Spray it on doorknobs, toilet handles, or any surface people touch. It’ll really help cut down on the spread of colds and flu. The best part is you can order this product from www.askauntpatti.com . The product is Arena disinfectant.

Aunt Patti

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