Cleaning Up After Your Animals

December 4, 2017

Between muddy paws, that what seems to be sticky fur on your furniture, those smelly odors and those house favorite, occasional accidents, lets be honest we all end up spending a ton of time just trying to stay up on the cleaning up after our much loved furry friends of ours.

At least he’s not doing it in the house right?

The experts at Merry Maids offer pet owners the following tips for keeping a clean home and tackling the most common problems.

* Minimizing the mess: Cleaner pets mean a cleaner house. Bathe and brush your pets regularly to minimize the amount of pet hair and dander and to help eliminate odors. Keep a lint brush or damp sponge handy to quickly pick up loose pet hair.

* Removing pet hair: On carpeting, use a vacuum with a good beater brush or brush roll to remove pet hair. On upholstery, use velour brushes, tape rollers or even the rubber bottom of a clean tennis shoe and remove the fur using light, even strokes.

* Lifting stains: Dilute spots using a damp cloth, then clean the area with one quart of water mixed with one teaspoon white vinegar aka white distilled vinegar. Do not worry the smell though really strong at first, will die down after a couple hours. Cleaning solutions from your local pet store or supermarket also work well in lifting stains and odors. Be sure to follow the label directions and allow them to work for the full amount of time indicated.

When your pet has stomach problems, clean up these accidents quickly, as the acidity can stain your carpet. Treat the affected area using a professional carpet detergent and rinse with clean hot water. Extract the soiled solutions away from the carpet. And make sure and use plenty of clean water after you have used the soap solution. This will keep the carpets nice and soft, that way you have no soap left behind.

Simple Steps to Help You in Cleaning Out Your Stable.

November 14, 2017

At some stage in your life, as a horse owner you may find it necessary to stable your horse. It may only be for a couple of nights, a week or a more permanent situation. No matter your reason or the length of your horses stay it is important that you clean the stable or barn at least once a day.

So you arrive at you horses stable with a cheery “Good Morning!” you organize their breakfast, change there pajamas (rugs), maybe go for an early morning ride (nice and chilly on those crisp winter mornings), but no matter what else you do there is one thing every owner of a stabled horse does and that is to clean the mess up from the night before.

What a mess!! It really amazes me the mess one horse can make within 8-10 hours! I have been greeted with a wide variety of “Good Morning” situations from my horses over the years from finding poo in the feed dish (which is still hanging on the door!), to finding poo right in front of the door in the walk way! No matter the mess, it still needs to be cleaned up. Not only can a dirty or poorly cleaned stable cause diseases to fester, but they smell bad too.

Here are some simple steps to help you in cleaning out your stable! You will need a good stable fork/rake and a wheelbarrow or bucket.

It is always helpful if you can remove your horse from the stable, so that you aren’t worried about him/her escaping. Otherwise make sure they are tied up securely.

Remove any other objects which may get in your way, such as water buckets and horse toys.

Using your stable fork/rake remove all large piles of poo that are visible.

Remove any obvious wet patches.

Starting on either your left or right in a circular pattern around the stable, toss a fork full of stable bedding towards the side of the stable, remove any feces  that this process uncovers.

Remember to dig down to the floor so that all the bedding gets exposed, and continue till you are back to where you started.

Your stable bedding should now be all piled up around the sides of the stable and the floor exposed. If the floor seems wet (will be in most cases) it is great if you can leave it exposed for a few hours to dry out, otherwise continue on.

equine colic kicking so you know you have to clean the stallStarting at either the right or left, pull the bedding down with your stable rake so that the bedding comes back to its original level and covers the previously exposed floor. Continue around till you are back at the start.

You may find that you need to smooth out the bedding so that it is level and covers the floor evenly.

I have always found it a good idea to leave an area in front of the door free from bedding, this will help reduce the bedding that gets ‘walked’ or ‘kicked’ out by your horse.

You may find that when cleaning, some bedding drifts into the water. It is always a good idea to clean out your horses’ water after finishing the stable.

It may be necessary to add more new bedding to your stable, this is usually down once a week, but depends on your horse.

It will also be necessary to remove all bedding from your stable on a regular base. This will depend on numerous factors and is up to your discretion. If it is getting smell then its time for a full clean out!


Now that you’re done you can enjoy some quality time with your beloved horse!

Happy Horsing

Tina Williamson


Cleaning Horse Stall Mats

October 31, 2017

At quality equine we get all sorts of questions. From the basics in getting stains out, to best ways to start over in a stall. When it comes to cleaning up a stall we like to get everything out.

Yes so first thing is to get your pet out of your stall, then comes the hay and food mixture. Ok, you thought we almost forgot, but I assure we didn’t, even the feces, including urine and feces out. We recommend getting the heavy and one inch this stall mats. They seem to be a recycled rubber, probably from tire. Then simply take a hose and spray out the whole area, we also recommend using something with ammonium chloride in it like Odoban to help block out and kill any left over germs. It will also help in degrading the ammonium salts from urine.

Once the stall mat is completely clean and germ free then you can start filling it back with hey and your favorite pets. We hope this helped, please stay tuned for more how to’s and cleaning tips.

Carpet Cleaning Tips

October 18, 2017

As a professional carpet cleaner for over 27 years, I am always amazed at the things people tell me they have used to clean their carpets. I’m used to my clients sheepishly telling me they have been using one of the over the counter spot cleaning products you can get at the grocery store, the are widely advertised as being effective. The problem with them is they leave residues in the carpet that will result in re-occurring spots – those black or brown spots that pop up on your carpet within a day or two of a professional cleaning.

 For my clients, the first time I clean for them I have them pull out all of those products while I’m there.   I them tell them to open the bottle, and pour the contents down the sink.

After I finish cleaning, I give them advice on what to do about the black spots that are going to pop up from their attempts at spot cleaning. Using white vinegar on the spots and blotting thoroughly over the course of several days will take care of them. Now some of the other things my clients have told me they have used for spot cleaning blow my mind! One client told me she used glass cleaner, and now she was complaining that she had little blue spots on her carpet after it was cleaned.

Well duh!  Glass cleaner is an ammonia base, which is fine to spot clean carpet with, but it also contains BLUE DYE!  All of the little blue spots were a result of her attempt at spot cleaning her carpet.  I was able to get them all out, and gave her written instructions on how to properly spot clean in the future. Window cleaner is for windows.

Other clients have told me they use laundry soap, dish soap, and even shampoo to spot clean, all of which leave residues and create those nasty black spots.  One of the best spot cleaners is ammonia and water.    Plain white non-sudsy ammonia, 1 part ammonia to 3 parts water.   Spray it on the spot and blot.  Cheap and easy, and no black spots later!  The only spot you wouldn’t use this on is pet urine.   For urine, blot,  pour baking soda on the area and let it sit overnight.  Vacuum thoroughly.  Then use white vinegar and slowly pour it on the spot.   It’s going to foam up (remember science class?).  Keep blotting and slowly pouring the vinegar until it stops foaming. Blot and let dry.

And the beauty of both these methods?  Cheap, easy and green!