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Cleaning Tips for Cat and Dog Owners

I have heard from a few of my friends here how their cats, or dogs, are ruining their furniture…I saw this article  from The Family Handyman and had to show it to you.So here we go…

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This may show damage to a door but the same technique to repair is the same as on wood furniture. Mask shallow claw marks and scratches in wood doors with stain and varnish. Gel stains work well for matching the existing finish.

Mask shallow claw marks and scratches in wood doors with stain and varnish. Gel stains work well for matching the existing finish.

Dogs and cats still haven’t figured out how to open doors, but that’s never stopped them from trying. Painted doors can be spackled and repainted to hide the damage, but natural wood doors can be more of a problem. However, if the scratches aren’t too deep, you can usually mask the damage with stain and varnish.

Step 1. Prep the area…Sand the damaged area lightly (Photo 1), feathering the sanding into the surrounding undamaged area. Wipe off all dust.

Step 2. Apply a gel stain- Brush the stain over the sanded area with a dry brush, mixing colors to match the old finish.  fh08dja_mascra_02If you don’t have the original stain or finish, find a matching stain at a paint store. Gel stains (available at home centers and paint stores) work best. Buy a small piece of matching wood and experiment with it first, or bring a photo of the door to the paint store for help. Start with a lighter stain—it can always be darkened. You can also buy a few different colors and blend them or streak them together.

Wipe the scratched area with a rag dipped in thinner to keep the stain from looking blotchy. Put a small amount of the gel stain on a rag, then dab a little on a dry brush. Wipe excess stain on the rag. Drag the brush lightly along one edge and quickly wipe it dry to see how the color looks. Leave the stain on longer, apply additional coats or blend in other colors to darken it

If the stained area looks too dull after it dries, lightly spray the area with clear finish, feathering it into the surrounding a undamaged area. Wipe off all dust.fh030711_001_toucle_09

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35 thoughts on “Cleaning Tips for Cat and Dog Owners

      1. We will…although middle sister Paula wont be coming, her hubby isn’t too well. However, we will have an “adopted sister” with us and her hubby. We met them on our last tour. Its another cruise up the Rhone and the Seine. 5 months to go! Yes come with us xx

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    1. Be sure you do with a enzyme cleaner. Most of those you just spray on and leave it. It goes deep down and naturally removes the stain and smells. I used one of these when my cocker spaniel had puppies…lifesaver!!! Petco, Petsmart, any of those places have it. Or you can get online at Amazon.

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      1. Ah, dear Linda, I sent my husband to Petco first thing in the morning (it’s within walking distance). Wouldn’t you know, he couldn’t find it! I’ll go myself after lunch. You know the saying, I am sure…

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      2. It doesn’t have to be any particular kind. As long as its Enzymes. I used one in a white bottle and red lettering…from Petco.. just ask the people there. You put it on with a spray bottle if in a large area. Saturate, then that’s it. The enzymes break the urnine, etc, down.

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      3. I went and I saw that, but my husband was right – that’s not what we need. Thank G-d, I don’t have any cat urine stains and no smell. These are people stains, like greasy stains when my husband is eating something and accidentally drops it on the seat. Back to plan A – baby shampoo and stuff!

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      4. You are inspiring me to try to do it on my own, and that’s the best help! In the past, I just took the cushions off my husband’s chair and paid $20 each – each!- to dry-clean them. It has never occurred to me that it could be done with my own two hands.

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  1. The bag in the litter box doesn’t work unless your cats are declawed (which is cruel to do) my cats clawed right through the bags and made a mess. My son gets formula boxes delivered every month and once I open them completely they fit perfectly inside my litter boxes. They help absorb excess moisture and prevent the litter from sticking to the bottom. I tried the clumping litter but with 6 cats I was just dumping it anyway so we went back to clay.

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      1. He is tube fed so it is a special formula not like a baby formula it’s for adults called Nutren 1.0 I think I spelled that right. he get 24 of these funny looking plastic coated cardboard boxes in a case.

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  2. Undeniably believe that which you said. Your favorite reason seemed to be on the web the easiest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I certainly get annoyed while people consider worries that they just don’t know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also defined out the whole thing without having side effect , people can take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

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