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How to clean dog smegma off furniture
This post originally appeared on PetMD.com and has been republished with permission.
by petmd.com staff
How to clean smegma off your sofa and other furnishings
Smegma, the waxy, oily stuff that appears on the skin and body of your dog, is, not surprisingly, the same stuff that accumulates on your sofa, kitchen countertops, etc. The good news is that smegma isn’t going to eat away the wood or break anything. The bad news is that it’s super gross.
The smell is enough to turn your stomach, and it’s certnly not pleasant to vacuum the stuff up or to wipe the grease off. Plus, it can get under your nls and on the furniture, and then you’re going to have a really messy situation on your hands.
As it turns out, there’s a way to clean smegma from the surfaces of your house. You’ll want to do this only as needed, though.
Sofa and other surfaces:
When smegma first appears, wipe it up with a clean, damp cloth.
Next, let the smegma dry completely. You’ll notice that it’s sticky and tacky. You’ll also notice that it does not absorb liquid.
Use rubbing alcohol or an isopropyl alcohol solution. Be sure to read the warning on the label.
Once the alcohol dries, scrub the surface, but do not use any abrasives.
After cleaning, you’ll want to let the piece dry.
Now, you’ll want to apply a water-based cleaner or soap. The best types for use on these surfaces are mild dish soap and dish soap.
The soap should soak into the smegma for about a minute, but you will need to scrub the surface well before rinsing.
Finally, rinse the surface well with water. If you’re using dish soap, then you will need to wt at least two weeks before using the piece of furniture agn. The soap should penetrate the smegma enough to clean it from the surface.
You can use soap and water, or you can use isopropyl alcohol.
Let the water soak in for about a minute.
Rinse thoroughly, but only if you want to remove stns.
When you are ready to clean the smegma from your surfaces, you’ll want to use a cleaner that’s easy on the skin. The alcohols are very harsh on skin, so only use the stuff on smooth surfaces.
Use an absorbent fabric, a microfiber cloth, or an old kitchen towel to clean the surface.
The amount of time you let the surface sit depends on the size of the stn.
When you are done, just rinse and let it r dry.
When it comes to cleaning up your tub, you can use a soap scum remover, or a bleach solution.
The soap scum remover needs to soak in for about a minute. Let the liquid sit on the surface and allow it to soak in.
When you’re done, you should let it dry.
Bleach is not the best product to use in your tub, since it will leave a sticky film on the surface.
Drying and Deodorizing:
You should dry the tub with a soft cloth, but a dry towel will not suffice.
You need a cloth that will gently wick up the moisture and remove the scent. If you’re using a dry towel, you will be spreading all the bacteria in the r into the tub.
Drying your tub using an electric hr dryer is fine, but do not use the hot setting unless you have the tub covered with plastic.
When the tub is completely dry, it’s important that you use a deodorizer. Sprinkle the liquid from a spray bottle directly on the surface, and it should work to remove the stink.
You may also want to use an r freshener to improve the r quality.
When you’re done, clean the lid and the spout with an antibacterial solution.
Using a Cloth to Cover the Tub:
While you can use a towel, a bath rug is best.
The rug will trap the moisture and bacteria on the bottom of the tub. If you’re using a towel, you will also be catching all of the bacteria on the towel.
If you’re using a rug, you’ll only need a small one. One that is thin is best, as it will not cause the rug to sag.
You can even fold the edges up to cover the bottom of the tub.
When you’re done, use a dry cloth to remove the residue.
You can use an antibacterial wash, or a liquid bleach solution to clean the tub.
Do Not Use a Washing Machine to Clean the Tub:
When you are done cleaning your bathtub, it’s important that you rinse it thoroughly before you let your family use it.
This is because the soap residue will cling to the sides of the tub, and the washer will only rub it off more.
Also, if you put dirty cloths in the washer, they will likely come out dirty agn.
As with cleaning your toilet, a dishwashing machine will only make it dirty faster.
Instead, clean the tub thoroughly with soap and water. Rinse it well.
Let it dry completely.
Then, clean it agn when you’re done using it.
You don’t need to wash the outside of the tub with soap.
You will need to add a bit of a liquid dish soap to the tub water to help it.
When you’re done, remove the solution and let the tub r dry.
How To Remove Mold From a Bathtub
If your bathtub is covered in mold, or has an odor, it’s time to remove the mold and restore it.
The good news is that it’s not very complicated to remove the mold from your tub.
The best option is to use a mold removal chemical to cut it out.
Once you do that, you will want to clean out your tub properly.
The good news is that most tubs are simple to clean.
You’ll want to wash the tub first.
Then, you can rinse it thoroughly to remove any dirt or debris.
To remove the smell, you can use a simple soap solution.
But, you’ll want to test it first to make sure it’s the solution that will work best.
Some people use a bleach