Dog Hair From Upholstery

Here is a question from Marty:

How do you remove dog hair from sofa cushions?
I take it that a vacuum doesn’t work well for your dogs hair, this is also the case for myself. I have short haired dog with hair that really works its way into upholstery. I have a vacuum attachment which is actually a lint brush which can attach to my vacuum hose. You perform the lint brush motion and the vacuum picks up the hair. I find this effective, but the old stand by, and I find this faster in many cases I use plain old duct tape and tape several pieces together on the cushions and pull up and pick up dog hair until the tape is no longer sticky. I also have a rule that the dog stays off the furniture, however when no one is home that’s the first place she heads. So it is a never ending chore.

Dog Leashes


From time to time your leash may get heavily soiled. If your leash is nylon just place it in your wash. Wash with plently of clothes to protect your washer or tie a towel around the clasp. Just hang to dry.

If your leash is leather use a lether cleaner or wet a cleaning towel with a mild soap and water and gently wipe the surface. Be sure wipe off any excess water.

Dog Poop From Running Shoes

Here is a question submitted by Lynda:

What is the easiest way to clean dried, caked-on dog poopout from between the grooves of my Nike shoes?

Here is a question near and dear to my heart 🙂 since I have a dog and a backyard I have direct experience with this problem. What I do is use a pointy tool like a nut pryer(used to get the small pieces of broken nuts out of nut shells) or a small screwdriver. It gets in the groves well and will with a little patience get most of it. I also clap the shoes together (outside) as I am working and the poop works free. For a final cleanup I get up early and walk my dog across a grassy field and the morning dew does the rest. Oh the things we do for our pets! I hope that helps and good luck.

Dog vomit from fabric and furniture

How do I clean pet vomit from fine fabric and furniture?

Pets are great for companionship, but they aren’t so good about cleaning up after themselves….

The first thing to do is remove as much of the vomit as possible. A spatula and paper towels work great for the big chunky stuff, however it is the liquid portion that does most of the staining and smelling. The solutions for both surfaces are similar, however the furniture has the added dimension of cleaning the cushioning, or padding, which has soaked up this offensive liquid.

Depending on the type of fabric, there are different care guidelines. An excellent resource is www.fabriclink.com. The best general advice is to pick up an active enzyme (often marketed as enzyme based) detergent or additive. The enzymes will actually digest the proteins contained in the vomit. Allow the mixed enzyme to soak into the stain for at least one hour before laundering as normal following the regular care instructions for the fabric.

The furniture will require the same attention, however, since your sofa won’t fit in the washing machine, you will need to rent an upholstery extraction machine, which is just a carpet cleaner with an upholstery attachment. Once the surface residue has been removed, apply the enzyme mixture, and allow it to soak. The powerful suction from the extractor is needed to remove the vomit residue, the enzyme solution, and the rinse water from the padding. Using too much chemical, or leaving excessive rinse water in the area being cleaned, can result in mildew forming inside the cushion, so thorough extraction and proper drying is a must!

Good quality chemicals, specifically enzyme based detergents, can be found at commercial janitorial supply stores while an extractor can be rented at almost any large grocery store. Given the expense of renting the equipment, and the cost of chemicals, it is often a better value to hire a professional for the job. A reputable company will have much more powerful equipment, and so long as you alert them to the specific problem (vomit), they will be able to provide the proper chemicals for the job.

Dry Bath

This tip was submitted by Ricou from Flordia:

Rub Jergons Lotion all over your dog Then wipe the dog with Paper towels Until the lotion is gone.

Hair Balls Stuck in Carpet

Here is a tip contributed by Jonathan from Tulsa, OK.

Carpet Creepers:

Tired of having your dog’s long hair entangled mercilessly in your carpets and rugs?

Well heres a way to end that problem for good.
If you have a hard kitchen floor, simply get a baby gate and confine your lovable little demons to the kitchen.
This will keep shedded coats within easy cleaning distance, and the dogs probably won’t even notice the decrease in freedom.
After I partitioned my house with a baby gate, the house became considerably more clean and dust free.

Reddish tear stains on fur

Check the food you are feeding you pet.  Beet products will cause red in tears that stain white fur.  In cats, excessive discharge from an infected eye can actually stain light colored fur reddish brown!  There are mutliple causes of eye infections in cats, many can be treated, however some are also indications of very serious health concerns and CAN be fatal. The best course of action is to visit your vet as quickly as possible.


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