Posts Tagged ‘carpet cleaning’


A Carpet Cleaning Adventure

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Have you ever worried that your carpets are the worst that your cleaner has ever seen? We are happy to share that your home is likely just well lived in. We have seen many things over the years. Some would make you cringe, and others will leave you shaking your head in laughter. In fact we’d love to share some of the funny stories with you.

Over the next couple of weeks we will be posting interviews with our staff about funny and interesting things they have run across in homes. We hope that you enjoy some of these wonderful stories, and that they will bring a smile to your face.

Video Transcript

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Joni: So, tell me the funniest or the strangest thing you have ever seen in a customer’s house.

Ginger: So I went with my husband Ed one day to clean carpets in Idaho.  I was vacuuming and brushing the carpet and I ran into some cat poop that was on the floor. So I said to the lady, “Oh there is some cat poop here,” because she had mentioned that sometimes the cat pooped on the carpet. So I told her “There is some cat poop here.” So she ran over and she grabbed her fork, and her bowl. Her special fork and bowl, and she said “Here you can use this, just pick it up with the fork, and put it in the bowl. That’s what I do all the time!”

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Ever wonder if your carpets are the worst? Don’t worry we’ve seen it all.

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5 Reasons Cats Stop Using the Litter Box

Monday, September 5th, 2016

CatA few years ago my litter box trained cat stopped using her litter box. I couldn’t figure it out. She had been using the box since I brought her home as a kitten, and the only time she had ever had an accident was when she was accidentally locked in a bedroom.
This new bad behavior was frustrating. She was peeing on towels and clothes, in a corner of the closet, and most frustrating was that she was frequently peeing on my bed. It got so bad that we were doing laundry almost daily, and my husband finally said that if we couldn’t get her to stop we would have to rehome her.  Desperate for answers I called our vet and made an appointment. What I found out would completely change things for my entire family, and my precious little fur ball.

Surprising Findings

Summer wasn’t behaving badly. She was sick. Most cats with well-established litter box habits that stop using their boxes are telling you something is wrong. In Summer’s case, she had a urinary tract infection. For a cat, this is a serious condition, and untreated it can be life threatening. Our vet loaded us up with antibiotics, and a plan to help get our loveable fur ball back on track. Before we knew it she was back to her normal routine.

Here are 5 reasons your cat may have stopped using its box, and some tips to help re-establish good habits.

There are many reasons why a cat stops using the litter box. If your cat is in this boat here are a list of things to look into while helping your cat reestablish its healthy litter habits.

  1. Health related issues. Visit your vet. If you cat does have a urinary tract infection switch to wet food until the infection has subsided, and make sure she has plenty of water. Other issues such as kidney disease may require a specialized diet.
  2. Take the lid off the box. Some cats are claustrophobic.
  3. Add more boxes. Sometimes cats with health problems or who are getting older don’t have the ability to hold it. Getting to a box on the opposite end of the house might be too difficult for her. Make sure there is at least one box on each level, and possibly more than one box on opposite ends of the house.
  4. Have you recently changed to a different brand of litter? Change back. Cats can be very picky.
  5. Is your cat declawed? The granules may hurt her paws. Find a litter that is softer or easier on the paws.

By employing some of these tips you may help your kitty to start making it back to the box.

If you have a pet that is having accidents in the house it is important to have a cleaning plan in place to maintain your items, but also protect your health. There are a ton of products on the market that claim to help clean up pet messes. Unfortunately, some can actually set stains. Check out our emergency spot tips at www.pristinecarpetcleaning-co.com/emergency-spot-tips for what to use while working to get your pet back on track.

Cleaning Up When Sickness Strikes.

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Cleaning Up

This morning I was awakened by a sound; one that is unmistakable in its terrifying meaning. As a parent, I have heard it many times before, and it always sends a sickening feeling straight down to my toes. I immediately sprang out of bed and ran to my four-year-old daughter’s room. I found her half asleep but in the middle of a projectile situation. My first thoughts “Holy chunks Batman!” 

Quickly, I picked her up, moved her to the bathroom, and tried to help her until she was finished. By now every member of the household was awake; lumbering around trying to figure out what they could do to help. My oldest decided to hang out and comfort her sister while my husband scooped up the bedding, stuffed animals, and clothing and took them downstairs to launder. I got to work cleaning the floor. It was everywhere, chunky, and the smell made my stomach churn. There was no way I could leave that on the floor until morning.

If you find yourself in this situation, there are a couple of things that you should do right away with carpet or upholstery that is affected:

1.    Lay a towel over the top of the area and press down to absorb as much moisture as possible. (Don’t scrub)
2.    Get the chunks up off the floor. Shop-Vacs can be very helpful in this situation because they will also suck up the moisture.
3.    Once you have removed the chunks and as much moisture as possible use a mixture of 1 parts white vinegar to 1 part water to clean the area. This mixture serves a two part function. Vinegar has disinfectant qualities and it won’t set stains (Store bought cleaners can set stains, and will remove protective coatings. So avoid them.). Vinegar is an acid, and so is vomit. This is why you need the water. It will neutralize the acid and aid in the cleanup. The best part about this mix is that it is cheap, most people have vinegar on hand, and it will clean and provide some sanitization without stripping off any protective coating on the carpet, or upholstery. *I keep mine in a spray bottle for emergencies. Spray it on liberally and let it sit two minutes, then towel it off.

    I hate it when my kids are sick, and I know you do too. If you find yourself in a similar situation I hope your little one feels better soon, and that these tips will help remove some of the stress of a late-night cleanup.