Help! What Is The Best Thing For Getting Rid Of Urine Smells?

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If you are potty training, have a family member with incontinent issues or have a new pet, the chances are you are going to end with a few accidents on your floors or chairs. Urine is not the easiest of stains to clean up as it is the salt within the urine that crystallizes and acts as a desiccant – this means that the salts attract moisture and never really dry out, so on hot days or rainy days the smell may become worse.

Some cleaning agents will help remove the stain and the odors but most just mask the smell on a temporary basis only; as the months and even years pass after the urine stain has been left the salts will still be active and it is these properties that form bacteria and make the smell that lingers in the air. In order to get rid of nasty smells altogether we need to clean the stain and deodorize the area

There are several chemical based products available for dealing with all types of urine stains from pets to people and a selection can be found here and I would also recommend washing the carpets with clothes washing powder, as not only will this clean the stain but will also deodorize the area too.

However, if you wish to attack the cleaning in a more natural way, below are some tips and techniques to try:

ALWAYS, always, always dab up as much of the pee before attempting to clean. Note the word DAB not rub. Use an old rag you can wash, paper towels or even newspaper. Stand on the cloth and apply pressure to the pee stain, keep repeating this cycle until the the paper towels/cloth does not seen to be absorbing any further. This step is the first step regardless of if you are using chemical or natural methods, the less pee we have to deal with the better right?

1. Using Vinegar – Use neat in a spray bottle or at a 80:20 dilution if you would prefer to weaken the smell a little. Always test on an inconspicuous area of your carpet first. Spray the vinegar mist over the damp patch – the vinegar will not remove the urine but it will help to break it down and loosen it from the fibers of your carpets or furniture. Once sprayed, get scrubbing… rinse and repeat the cycle if necessary. When the carpet has been scrubbed within an inch of its life (especially important if puppy wee to stop them follow their own scent and peeing in exactly the same spot again!), dab up any excess water and sprinkle the carpet with baking soda, leave over night and vacuum up the next morning

2. Using baking powder – Using 1 part baking powder and 2 parts water, make a paste that should be a toothpaste like consistency. Scrub the paste into the damp spot and again, using elbow grease get scrubbing the spot. Once you have scrubbed the fibres with the paste, leave on the stain over night – wash and dab dry the following day

Once the stain has been washed always deodorizer the area with a sprinkle of baking powder, the use of a perfumed fabric spray or household items such as mouthwash

3. If you find that the smell or stain isn’t lifting after chemical and natural methods then it is time to call in a professional carpet cleaner to treat much deeper into the fibers

4. However sometimes no matter what you do it may already be too late and the carpet or an area or carpet will need replacing – if urine has gone unnoticed and was not cleaned straight away it will seep in past the fibers to the backing of the carpet and into the underlay to the floor or through to your cushions if a sofa – this is as serious problems and all the baking powder in the world will not help.

Prevention is most certainly better than cure in the case of urine, so my advice is to always have your product of choice and cloths ready to use in an accessible area as if you are about to embark on a puppy or start potty training a toddler, you need to be on “Pee Patrol” and ready to act straight away on those little accidents that happen

Happy Cleaning 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Do I Get My Granite To Sparkle?

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Granite is the grandfather of all natural stone, it is tough and durable whilst beautiful and classic. But how do we look after it to ensure it always retains its beauty and shine?

Granite is not the biggest fan of acidic cleaning materials so avoid lemon or vinegar based cleaners, as although it would take continued use to damage the granite it will start to make your floors or worktops dull and faded. So, what to use…

Daily Cleaning

Warm water and a microfiber cloth will do the job nicely on a regular basis – wipe with a damp microfiber and buff with a dry microfiber or soft cloth to bring the granite up sparkly. If there are marks on the granite worktop or floor, use a PH neutral washing liquid or cleaning solution with some warm water and as before, wipe with one cloth and buff up with another. Buffing up your granite sides after they are cleaned will keep the surface clean and sparkly by eliminating water spots and streaking.

With a granite floor, use a microfiber flat headed mop daily to remove debris like grit and small stones off shoes as this will lead to damage and scratch marks on your flooring.

Deeper Cleaning

On a weekly basis it would be recommended a deeper clean on your granite to keep it in its best possible condition. For off the shelf products I would recommend a PH Neutral  cleaner such as Dr Beckmanns for floors and walls or a spray such as Method Granite and Marble Spray for worktops and sides, as these products are kind enough to your granite whilst lifting any markings or stains.

If you wish to take the home made product route mix 1 cup of baking powder to 3 cups of water and wash the sides or flooring down, then rinse with warm water and buff up for the perfect mirror like shine.

Protection

To make your granite look fabulous throughout its life span, make sure you look after it, as although it can withstand hots pans on the surface or you chopping an onion without a board, it doesn’t mean you should. Always use coasters and heat mats on your granite worktops and put something underneath you when using knives or hot cooking utensils. Put rugs in high traffic areas on granite flooring to cut back on the amount of debris being walked into the floor.

Most importantly with granite is to ensure it is properly sealed and the maintenance is kept up. Black and darker granite will need sealing less often than lighter granite but always check with the supplier and/or fitter of your granite to check when and if it should be re-sealed

Happy cleaning 🙂