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Tips on Removing Dog Smells in your Home

  • Lee
  • December 14, 2015

Tips on Removing Dog Smells in your Home

The first tip to keep your home smelling nice is obviously to get a Maid Savvy cleaning (..duh), but otherwise a good rule of thumb if you have pets it yo make sure your dog is potty trained. If your dog is not potty trained and you have carpet that can present a very bad problem. Dogs are much bigger animals than cats and they urinate a whole lot more at one time. If you are constantly cleaning the carpet you are eventually going to have to take the carpet up. Trust me on this because I have seen it happen over and over.

If you are potty training your dog, make sure to keep his potty pad somewhere out of sight and out of the way. Usually a laundry room or the mud roof is a good place for it. If you dog is being potty trained to go outside, this will cause him to have to be groomed frequently because he will begin to smell and stink up your home.
Keep the animals off furniture especially soft furniture. Soft furniture seems to soak up odors and over time it becomes hard to remove. If you have leather furniture it will be easier to clean, but remember that all pets have sharp nails and it could tear your furniture.

Another way to keep the smell down is to mop and vacuum as much as you can. Keeping the floors swept and mopped also keeps the germs down as well.
Don’t forget to wash the dogs bedding and toys that he plays with. If his toys are not washable and they are beginning to smell really bad toss them and buy some new ones.
Another way is to spray a deodorizer in your home that kills the smell and not just covers it up. Your dog is going to need to be groomed on a regular basis since it is in your home, but you are not going to be able to groom him every day.

If you have multiple pets, including dogs, check out our similar post on how to remove dog odor from your home.

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Tips on Removing Cat Odor from your Home

  • Lee
  • December 11, 2015

Tips on Removing Cat Odor from your Home

When you enter your home does there always seem to be something unpleasant that greets you at the door. Does it greet your guests as well? No, I’m not talking about your kitty cat. I’m talking about the strong urine smell that comes with owning a cat. Charlotte, NC is one of the top feline pet owner areas in the nation (out public transit system was even named after cats!).

Here are a few tips on cat ownership that can help ensure that your house doesn't smell like a litter box.

  1. If you know that your cat has urinated somewhere other than the litter box, make sure you clean it up right away. If you have carpet use paper towels to absorb as much as you can and then sprinkle baking soda on it and vacuum it up. If the urine is on a wall make sure to wipe that down with hot soapy water. If the cat peed on your curtain, you will have to take those down and wash them. The same goes for your sofa, you will have to scrub it best you can with baking soda and let it air dry.
  2. Make sure to purchase a cleaner that is made to break the scent down or remove the scent. Cats have a better sense of smell than humans and just because you can’t smell it doesn’t mean the cat can’t. The bottom line is if the cat can still smell it, more than likely the kitty will potty there again.
  3. Another great way to rid the smell is to rent a carpet cleaner. This type of cleaner puts out fresh clean water and sucks back in the dirt and grime. This generally is the best way to deal with the smell. It also gives your home a nice fresh smell and it makes your carpet look new. Some carpet cleaners have attachments and are made to deep clean cushions and other soft furniture. This is also great because you can clean that stinky sofa that you kitty keeps peeing on.
  4. Make sure to sprinkle baking soda on the carpet on a regular basis and vacuum it up because it helps to give the room a freshly cleaned smell.

If you have multiple pets, including dogs, check out our similar post on how to remove dog odor from your home.

One of the most common requests we get when new customs call is to remove the hair and smell from their cats and dogs. At Maid Savvy, pet hair and smell are included in our Charlotte house cleaning guarantee and we will make sure the job is done right!

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Things You Dhouldnt Clean with Vinegar

  • Lee
  • December 08, 2015

Things you shouldnt clean with vinegar

Vinegar is a very common cleaner, it is often mixed with water and used too clean many things. However, vinegar is excellent at certain things, it isn’t great for cleaning grease based spots. Those dirty spots in or on your oven aren’t going to come clean if you use vinegar. It has little to no effect on grease and will not lift the grease. Grab you some dish liquid and a sponge that will get your grease right off.

Never use vinegar on a waxed surface, such as your beautiful furniture. It will remove the finish and dull your furniture. Once the finish has been removed you can’t fix it unless you completely redo the piece. However, if you were redoing a piece of furniture that you wanted to re-polish or paint you would use vinegar to remove the old residue before adding the new.

According to the Marble Institute, “you cannot use vinegar on your marble counter-tops or other stoneware because it will cause it to pit and corrode.”

While vinegar is great for washing windows and glass it is not good for your computer screens or television. When you receive your electronic they come with a protective film that helps keep grease and fingerprints down. Vinegar will strip it off if you use it on your sensitive screens.

You cannot use vinegar on cast iron skillets or aluminum pans because they react to the vinegar. If you want to clean your pans with vinegar it they would have to be stainless steel only.

Vinegar is often mixed up to be an insect killer. While vinegar does kill some insects if you spray it directly on your plants it is liable to kill them. Vinegar can be very toxic to some plants, because it can also be mixed up and used as a weed killer.

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Spring Cleaning Checklist

  • Lee
  • December 05, 2015

Spring Cleaning Checklist

Every year around April I began to want to tear my entire house apart and clean every single item. I don’t know it is the weather or just habit, but most people are like me and do the same thing. Spring cleaning is a great time to clean out your closets, book cases, shoes, toys, and many other things and donate or make some money by having a yard sale. I love cleaning in general so I get pretty excited about cleaning everything out.

My checklist begins with the garage, don’t ask me why, but it does. Every year I haul out 30 gallon trash bags and huge boxes so that I can make a donate, trash, and yard sale pile. Like most people the garage becomes a dumping ground and can become unorganized very quickly. Make sure you run clean of all of the shelves, go through totes, and then reorganize them. A clean garage makes it so nice to look at when you pull your car in.

The next thing on my list is the kitchen. Everywhere I accumulate tons of plastic and extra dishes. I also go through all my cookie cutters, cake pans, and pots. I make note if one needs tossing and I add that to a buy list that I keep running on the side of the fridge. I also clear out all of the old canning rings and rims that I used last year, but are rusted and need tossing.

My next room is my room. I pull everything out from under the bed and toss old magazines that have been laying under there all year. I also go through my journal note books and decide if I keep or toss. I take every single item out of my dresser and what doesn’t make it back into the dresser, goes into the donate or sell pile. I do the same with my shoe organizer.

The next room I work on is the office. I go through all the old files and throw away what doesn’t no longer need saving. I redo my filing system and make new filing folder. I love my label maker! Everyone should own one of those things, there great! I also clean the desk out, tossing pens, pencils, and old office supplies that need erasing.

My last stop if the laundry room/pantry. I clean it out to donate food to the food bank that I know we are not going to eat or something that I have extra of. I usually find an empty bottle or two of something that didn’t get tossed. I also go through my gift bags I’ve been saving all year and keep or toss depending on if they are wrinkled or torn. The misplaced sock bin also sets in this room, I match up the ones that I find in the bin and then throw the rest in the garbage.

That is my spring house cleaning checklist that I work on every year it typically takes me about a week to complete it all.

Check out more form this checklist and how to breakdown your cleaning into easy weekly steps at: Spring Cleaning Week #1

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