If You’ve Known a Dog, You’ve Loved a Dog
It is a blind, deafening, joyous kind of love, isn’t it? The kind of easy love that can make you completely immune to the realities of dog life – like pee for one, or the muskiness of your dog’s favorite pheromone infused sleeping pillow, common noxious odors, dander, stained carpet or flying fur & soggy footprints … and yet there it is. To visitors, friends, family, and neighbors it is the proverbial elephant in the room.
You’ve been there. Maybe you’ve visited a new friend, a long lost relative, super smart co-worker, nice, nice neighbor or happy church buddy, and there it is. The door opens and the stench is so strong you feel as though you might faint. Or you enter a house with windows that have been closed for a century unmercifully capturing the stench of pee soaked carpeting and furniture that literally belongs to the dogs. It happens and it almost defies description.
Ideology Meets Logic
So, here’s where the ideology of loving a pet meets logic. There is no joy in having pets if your home has been turned into a kennel and an unclean one at that. It’s not a healthy environment for you, children or other living things. Certainly, undeniably, for your friends who you would like to keep as friends. Yeah, it’s that serious. But, the cleaning part, it’s pretty easy if you just put one foot in front of the other. Take one step at a time, create a dance. This is the only dance there is. A dance to repeat, joyfully, keeping life beyond copacetic, keeping it real, clean. Just add music & you have arrived.
Vacuuming rules. Did you ever think about this? Pets actually leave an odiferous trail as they wander around the house. Because with the oh so exquisite combination of fur, dander, mud, and yes, pee and poo, your home has become a cacophony of a pure mutt smelling Symphony. So, get your game face on and vacuum every nook and cranny. I am here to tell you that an awesome vacuum makes all the difference.
Get a good vacuum cleaner, preferably one with a HEPA filtration system that unbelievably captures 100 percent of particles 75 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair! How cool is that? And, a commercial grade vacuum cleaner actually improves indoor air quality capturing dust and allergen particles down to 0.3 microns. This feature is especially providential for humans (or pets) with allergies or specific sensitivities.
So, just get into a routine, vacuum the whole darn place – floors, baseboards, carpets, furniture, cushions, your pets favorite hang. You get the picture. That’s all there is to it. A good vacuum makes this routine a snap and the results are way, way worth the effort.
Pee Problems – Old & New
So, how many times have you walked around, about or ON an old, old pet stain? Just stop. Now. Stains harbor old odor and there is definitely something you can do about it. Join this century. Cleaning products that include enzymes is a game changer. Although enzyme formulated products is not a new phenomenon, these products are undergoing a revival. And for good reason, the components and results are relevant in an age where green cleaning solutions prevail and mindfulness matters. Bacteria. Good & bad that’s the root formula for cleaners with enzymes.
Here’s a scientific cliff note on the subject found in « Simple Science: How in the World do Enzymes Clean? » by Nyco:
Contrary to popular belief, enzymes are not alive. They are produced by live bacteria and pave the way for it to work. Enzymes operate as helpful tools that catalyze (speed up) chemical reactions between bacteria and soils, making the bacteria more efficient. Enzymes work to break down complex waste particles into smaller pieces that bacteria can more easily consume. These smaller particles—organic wastes, urine, grease, stains—become « food » for bacteria to digest and break down into two basic compounds—carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O).
Certain enzymatic products are specifically formulated for carpet cleaning which penetrates soft surfaces without discoloring them. With a near-neutral pH, the application ensures that the cleaner will not damage the surface. For new or old pee problems, enzyme cleaners are the way to go.
Deodorize, Simply Because, Pee Stinks
What’s next? The carpets and floors have been thoroughly vacuumed, stubborn pee problem areas have been eliminated, now it’s time to odor neutralize your space. It’s optimal to create a clean, fresh smell in the house without a perfumy sub-text. To accomplish this, deodorize. Deodorizing the home should create the absence of odor. This is your goal. Think about this – every time someone enters your home, should they immediately know that you are a pet lover? Or, would it be preferable for guests to simply enter a living space that is defined by no odor, a neutral odor zone? Of course, you know the answer. As you look for ways, products, and practices to simply deodorize, you will find every cleaning hack under the sun. Pop ups from vinegar, cat litter, vodka, baking soda, essential oils, tea leaves, to chalk abound. Yes, chalk. Don’t go there.
A Natural Disposition is Best
Today’s cleaning products combine the best of both worlds: they are effective and safe with the benefit of incorporating innovations and technology that possess environmentally sustainable qualities. Continued research and studies regarding pet-friendly cleaning products have proven to be effective and safe with the disposition to decompose naturally. Odorcide 210, a biodegradable deodorizer is a strong contender among these superior cleaning alternatives. It’s a safe, economical and effective deodorizing product. The chemical bonding, physical absorption, and counteraction are the simplistic properties of this deodorizer that lead to one result – the complete elimination of odors which make this product absolutely aces.
Always Ask …
On a side note, always check labels and ask reliable sources when purchasing cleaning and deodorizing products for areas where pets hang out. Ingredients that are potentially dangerous to pets is extensive, be cautious and ask questions. Sani-Chem Cleaning Supplies carries an extensive line of deodorizing products designed specifically for areas where pets live and breathe. Our experts are available to discuss your specific needs by calling 800.983.9280
Open Up the Windows, Let Some Air Inside This Room
Yes, my darling, just open the windows! It may seem like the most obvious thing in the world, but it is surprising how many people have become fresh air phobic. Didn’t your mother ever tell you a little fresh air would do you good? Mothers are always, always, right. It is true, different climates determine where, how and when optimum conditions exist to set fresh your home. But closed up, air conditioned or heated spaces hold stale air. So, take a leap of faith, open the windows, turn on the fans, get a cross breeze going throughout the house to flush out the old, and bring in the new.
« Set wide the window, let me drink the day. » ~Edith Wharton
Play Some Music – Play it Real Loud
I don’t know about you, but, I seriously need some high energy, thumping, deep in your soul kind of music when I take on the business of a serious clean your space kind of day (you may need ear phones or headphones), so do that first. Get your dance on, get into your routine, your groove, be happy & clean. Vacuum, spot clean old stains, deodorize, open the windows, relax.
Before I Lose You
In conclusion, look for Pets & Pee Predicaments, Part Deux because you know, you and I, we’re not quite done yet. Next time, the good stuff continues as pee predicaments, proper perspective and cleaning matters continue. Here’s what – spot clean carpets, clean the furniture, purify & freshen the air…that’s where I’ll meet you, next time.