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I’m hesitant to say that Spring has sprung in our neck of the woods but the signs are all there. The snow is melting, the birds are chirping and the sun has shined more days in a row this week then it has in the last 4 months.
I’m sure there’s a small snowstorm looming somewhere but Spring is near so it’s time to get to that Spring cleaning list!
First up on our list is to de-drool the house.
I’m not de-drooling the dogs. I love their drool.
But I do need to de-drool all the crusty drool that they have managed to fling over certain areas of the house like the walls, ceilings, floors, furniture and appliances.
I have my favorite ways of removing this crusty ‘ol drool but we took to the streets and asked others to share some of their favorite de-drooling techniques and here’s what they gave us:
For the walls and ceilings:
1. Magic Eraser. By far my ultimate favorite drool remover product. I use it on the walls, ceiling, floors, and appliances. It really is magic you guys. One wipe and POOF the drool is gone and your arm doesn’t hurt from scrubbing. I have specific erasers designated for each area.
2. Vinegar and Water. The acid in vinegar cuts through grime and dried drool. Use equal parts of warm water and vinegar. Dirt and grime come off easily and the solution will not dull the paint or leave streaks.
Good luck on the ceilings….. especially if you have textured ceilings as I do. I’d just put a fresh coat of paint up 😉
For the floors and baseboards:
1. Magic Eraser. I have laminate wood floors and definitely prefer to use the Magic Eraser over sitting there and scrubbing with a rag for hours. Dried drool can be stubborn, especially if it’s been drooled on over and over again like the area where treats are normally given out. I try to always have a towel under the droolers but they sometimes get excited and kick the towel out of the way. I walk away and forget about it only to revisit it again at the next treat session. It’s a vicious cycle I can’t break! It seems there’s also a Magic Eraser Mop but I’ve never used it before so I’ve got nothing to report.
2. Vinegar and Water. Mix equal parts and scrub away.
1. Magic Eraser-It has worked wonders on my stainless steel appliances like the fridge, dishwasher and garbage can.
2. Windex. Seems to work in a pinch but you’ll need some extra scrubbing power on those thicker, crustier drool marks.
3. Vinegar and Water. Mix equal parts and scrub away.
1. Water and Vinegar. A solution of equal parts water and vinegar seems to work well. I always follow mine up with a chaser of Windex. I do this on the car windows also. Window cleaning with vinegar will not leave film or streaks on the glass. Mix equal parts of white distilled vinegar and warm water. Dry with a soft cloth.
1. Magic Eraser. See above. It works on almost everything, including my wood cabinets.
2. Murphy’s Oil Soap. I’ve used it before and it works well but not as good as the Magic Eraser. I also love the smell! I use it diluted but some use it straight up.
Microfiber couches can be difficult to clean. Finding out the care instructions can be even harder. On our microfiber couch, I’ve used rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and a non-colored sponge. Alcohol evaporates quickly so it is less likely to saturate the fabric.
After the couch dries try to use a soft bristle scrub brush to fluff the fabric back up and make it soft again. Works great on dried water stains and plain old dirt. Baby wipes work well in a pinch also and some people have had success using both combined on super stubborn couches.. I normally let my couch air dry but others speed up the process and use a blow dryer.
It takes about 30 minutes to dry and I always do it in a well-ventilated area. The alcohol smell does not stick around once the couch is dried. As far as leather couches go I’ve never had one so I was hoping someone would give suggestions and I will add them in. 🙂
So it seems that the Magic Eraser and water and vinegar are the clear winners in de-drooling the home. This is coming from the experts who have been dealing with dried drool for years and if you have any other tips feel free to add in your de-drooling home tips below!
*A few areas of note on the Magic Eraser- The Magic Eraser doesn’t need harsh chemicals, it’s water-activated. Magic erasers contain melamine foam which s an effective abrasive cleaner that works kind of like fine sandpaper. In my experience, it seems to work best on walls that have a semi-gloss paint and has been known to remove the gloss on high gloss painted surfaces so it might be best to test a small area before you go all out. The foam wears away, rather like a pencil eraser, leaving behind a slight residue which can be rinsed off. There are different varieties of the Magic Eraser and some contain added cleaning ingredients. I like the original.
**Before cleaning your microfiber couch it’s a good idea to check for a couch label This will tell you how to clean your microfiber couch. “W” means the fabric is water-safe; “S” means to clean with a dry-cleaning solvent; “S-W” means both solvent- and water-safe; and “X” means to dry-brush only. Always do a test area! That’s all I’ve got on that. I’m not a microfiber expert! I saw this on Pinterest last year and you can read the full steps here. It worked well on our couches and I’ve used it more than once.
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