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  • Remove Pet Urine from Artificial Grass

     

     

     

    We receive many enquires on a daily basis of frustrated pet owners struggling to remove and prevent pet smells in the home.

    how do I get rid of the wee smell off my artificial grass?..

    ... and also my carpet, wood floor, lino and all the other areas that our loved ones decide to pee on.

     

    Well as we are the manufacturers of Pet Whiff Off™  we have decided to give you guys an extended instructions for use, to ensure no matter where that awful smell is - you CAN get rid of it!

    So here goes...

    Pet Whiff Off™  will effectively remove the pet urine smells and odours from the contaminated area on the contaminated area, providing you follow these instructions.

    The way to treat the contaminated area (no matter how long the urine contamination has been there) is to ensure the Pet Whiff Off solution is in full contact with all contaminants on/or in the surface to be treated, however far the deposits may have soaked in.

    We recommend, to use the Pet Whiff Off solution as a 10:1 dilution (10 parts water to 1 part solution) using the Application Pack. The way to remove the lingering smell is to slowly treat the area by adding small amounts of the solution, to start the build-up process.

    • 1 litre of Pet Whiff Off solution diluted 10:1 with water will cover approximately 20m²
    • More than one single application may be required, depending on the specific area that is contaminated

    Example:

    If you have an area to be treated of approximately 20m², 1 litre of Pet Whiff Off will be sufficient enough for one single treatment.

     If the lingering smell is still present after the first treatment a second application will be required. Which will require a further 1 litre of Pet Whiff Off solution. This will amount to 2 litres of Pet Whiff Off solution that has been used.

    Please follow these directions for use.

    Directions for use:

    1. Dilute the solution 10:1 with water using the Application Bottle (for larger areas, a watering-can is suitable)
    2. Allow the solution to soak (to ensure contact with all urine deposits)
    3. Leave until the area is dry
    4. Once the area is dry repeat the 10:1 application
    5. Repeat this application over a period of 2-3 days

    Over the 2-3 day period the friendly micro-organisms will slowly digest the lingering odours. After using this method of treatment the lingering smell will slowly dissipate and will all of a sudden be removed.

    If after 2-3 days the lingering smell is still present, please inform us and we will assist you further.

    Pet Whiff Off will fully remove any deposits of urine, and as a result this can deter the pet from returning to that area – as they can no longer detect any urine deposits.

    Please read this Pet Whiff Off page for further information

    To buy now please visit our Buy Now page, and choose your size

    If you require any further help or advice, please get in touch – we’re here to help!

  • What is chlorine

    What is chlorine

    The question ‘what is chlorine?’ receives markedly different answers depending on whom you ask.

    Scientists and industry professionals would go into detailed descriptions of the element’s chemical construction, such as its periodic symbol Cl and atomic number 17 and its uses across a huge number of industries. The average homeowner and consumer would mention its use in cleaning agents such as bleach and come across it at their local swimming pool and its most common compound, sodium chloride, at the dinner table.

    The scientific or industrial answer to ‘what is chlorine?’ involves describing why chlorine, along with other elements in the halogen group such as bromine and iodine, can be used to disinfect water and surfaces so that they can be safely used by humans. Because chlorine is extremely reactive with a variety of other substances, it can be used to bond with harmful pathogens, such as viruses, parasites and fungi, to render them harmless to humans who come in contact with them. However, for use in cleaning agents and in the swimming pool chlorine must be used with caution, as its high reactivity can also cause it to harm the human body in a variety of ways.

    For owners of home pools who need to disinfect their water and ensure it stays clean, the question of ‘what is chlorine?’ becomes simple. Buckets of the granulated chemical, such as hth chlorine, are ideal for sanitising an entire pool of water. Available in several distinct varieties, and in bucket sizes of either 25kg or 45kg, stabilised chlorine granules act by releasing chlorine throughout the body of water so that it may bond with the pathogens there, neutralising their harmfulness to humans. Chlorine tablets that test for levels of the chemical in water are key to ensuring there isn’t too much, which would be harmful to swimmers, or too little, which would not effectively neutralise germs and parasites.

  • How to clean a swimming pool

    ow to clean a swimming pool

    Pools are a great luxury for the home and a popular draw for a range of businesses, but many have no idea how to clean a swimming pool when it is first installed. Unless you want to go down the costlier route of employing somebody who knows what they are doing to handle the job for you, it is time to start learning.

    The matter of how to clean a swimming pool is not as complex as it may appear. For the most part, it's just about making sure you keep on top of a few key areas.

    Swimming Pool Chemicals

    In order to prevent micro-organisms or other living things from multiplying in your pool, it is important to treat it regularly with the right sanitising chemicals. Chlorine is the most common, though alternatives are available, and they come in liquid, powder and tablet forms. There are also other chemical treatments available such as algaecide and treatments for altering the PH, as well as water testing kits which are vital for ensuring you have the right balance of everything.

    Removing Debris

    It is also necessary to remove debris and dirt from your pool sometimes, especially if it is outdoors, because leaves, dust and dirt are likely to blow in on the wind. Some debris will float and can be hooked out with a net. Some may settle on the bottom and can be removed with a special tool that attaches to the filter system and acts rather like a vacuum cleaner sucking water instead of air. Filters should also be cleaned regularly, including immediately after cleaning with this vacuum-like attachment.

    Pool Covers

    Ideally, you should also try to prevent debris getting in the pool, particularly if it is located outdoors. For this, a swimming pool cover will work wonders and will also serve to prevent evaporation and save energy if the pool is heated. If for any reason you do not or cannot use a cover, a liquid swimming pool cover treatment will do the job of preventing evaporation and conserving heat, leaving the debris to be picked up as part of your regular cleaning operations.

    So there you have it - a brief outline of how to clean a swimming pool without getting too complex and technical. To find out more about the extensive range of pool chemicals and treatments we can offer to help keep the water clean, take a look at the relevant section of our online store.

  • Spring cleaning tips

    Spring cleaning tips

    This is the time of year to dust off the cobwebs and give your home a thorough cleanse, so try these spring cleaning tips to make your housework a breeze.

    One of the most valuable tips for spring cleaning is to collect all of the equipment you will need together before you start. Organise a good supply of all the different cleaning chemicals and products.

    Ensure you include all-purpose and specialist chemicals, as well as cloths, dusters, a vacuum with attachments, a mop and plenty of bin bags. Clear each room of all unnecessary clutter, throwing out any unwanted items before you begin in order to make cleaning a simpler task.

    Work Efficiently

    Tackle the worst rooms first, beginning by removing surface dust and any small bits of rubbish. Apply any necessary cleaning sprays and leave to soak away tough grime whilst you get on with a different task before returning to wipe away the dirt.

    Work top to bottom, beginning by dusting ceilings, walls and pictures, then cleaning fixtures and furniture before mopping or vacuuming floors and finally applying finishing touches such as toilet odour neutraliser.

    Spring Cleaning Tips: Mistakes to Avoid

    You can’t clean your home with dirty equipment, so make sure you keep your cleaning tools fresh too. Regularly change your cloths and dusters, frequently empty your vacuum and use an interchange mop head to avoid spreading more dirt around your kitchen floor.

    Avoid letting the housework build up, as it will be much easier to keep your home looking clean all the time if you do housework little and often.

    Follow these tips by preparing thoroughly and ensuring you have a good stock of the right cleaning products to hand. By keeping on top of housework and tackling a room at a time, you can make this potentially daunting task a much simpler challenge.

  • How is water supplied to our homes?

    How is water supplied to our homes

    Just how is water supplied to our homes? It seems to fall for free... Water may start as rain and fall into rivers and streams and filter through the soil, but it needs to be treated before it reaches our taps at home.

    The first step to supply water to the home is a system to pump it from its original accumulation point (a reservoir or lake, river, stream or the ground) to a centre where it undergoes a number of treatment processes.

    Debris such as branches of trees, sand and other particles have to be filtered out. Some chlorine has to be added to kill off any dangerous bacteria.

    How Is Water Supplied? Domestic Water Treatment

    The water will leave the treatment works through a system of pipes, pumps and reservoirs to arrive at the supply pipe to every home. If the water is hard - the kind that does not foam easily and leaves a scum around bath and kitchen appliances - it needs to be treated with hard water softeners.

    Water becomes hard when it flows over limestone regions, where it dissolves calcium and magnesium ions. Domestic softening agents for hard water work to remove these ions in the same way as if the water were flowing over sandstones.

    This is a method of reproducing in the home what happens in nature in regions such as the Yorkshire Dales. The water is hard as it flows over the limestone in the Dales and then softens as it flows through rivers over millstone grit - sandstone - to become part of the supply to urban areas.

    Water Testing Kits

    You can see how water is supplied and treated at in this short video by Epcor. Water companies are obliged by law to provide safe water. However, floods and accidents may affect the water’s purity over a brief period.

    A wide range of testing kits can give an indication of your water supply’s purity and hardness.

  • What are Stabilised Chlorine Granules?

    Stabilised Chlorine Granules   Stabilised chlorine granules are a popular method of killing off bacteria in swimming pools and spas without creating an unpleasant odour or causing skin irritation. The element chlorine is one of the most effective treatments against bacteria in public leisure centres and swimming pools.

    Swimming pool chlorine

    Among the many types of chlorine-based pool chemicals granular chlorine has a number of advantages. The key ingredient in chlorine granules can be either calcium or sodium hypochlorite. These chemicals kill not just bacteria but algae, fungi, slime and other undesirable pool inhabitants. The advantage in using a sodium hypochlorite based product such as Champion Chlorine Granules rather than a calcium compound, is that on dissolving in water, it does not add to the water’s calcium content. A calcium-based pool chemical not only further hardens the water but may also create scum over the water surface and around the pool sides. As the granules dissolve in water they create hypochlorous acid which is the chief sanitising agent. A further by-product is isocyanuric acid which enables the water to resist any chlorine loss under bright sunlight. Heat and light from a bright sun can react with hypochlorous acid to release chlorine into the atmosphere and may also create an unpleasant smell that used to be a significant feature of public swimming pools some years ago.

    Stabilised chlorine granules and tablets

    Chlorine tablets are used mostly in larger sized pools. Chlorine can be added to swimming pool water in the ratio of 1.8 grams of chemical to 1,000 litres of swimming pool water. It can be used in both indoor and outdoor pools of all sizes. Like the granules, the tablets will dissolve rapidly and can be used daily to keep the pool clean. Use stabilised chlorine granules or tablets on a regular basis to keep your swimming pool clean and free of infection at all times. Why not explore our range of sodium hypochlorite and chlorine granule products or contact one of the team for further information. For more advice on stabilised chlorine granules contact us here.

  • Mould & Moisture problems in your Home

    Mould & Moisture

    Excess moisture in any home can cause mould, mildew and both wet and dry rot. These can have very serious health effects, ranging from allergies to asthma or pneumonia. Moisture also leads to damage to the main structural elements in a building and might require mould removal.

    Origins of Mould & Moisture

    Moisture in the form of damp and condensation has a variety of causes. It could start as humidity from cooking, showering or washing clothes in unventilated spaces. Leaks in the plumbing, wet footwear and even splashing around sinks and baths can cause damp accumulation.

    Water and humid air can seep through chipped paintwork and building cavities and through the whole of the building structure, including the foundations. If it cannot dry quickly, it can cause structural damage.

    Ventilation

    The best way to control moisture in a home is not to allow it to enter the building in the first place. Any moisture that still manages to enter the building or accumulates there from activities such as cooking and washing should be allowed to escape easily outdoors.

    The simplest method of controlling indoor humidity is ventilation: open a window or use an extractor fan in bathrooms and kitchens.

    Exterior Sealing

    The whole of the building has to be sealed correctly to prevent any moisture from entering from the outside. Do not allow any accumulation of soil to build up against a wall. The ground should slope away from the wall to allow for rainwater run-off.

    Never plant any shrubs close to the foundations, and avoid watering areas of the garden close to the wall. This will also ensure that the walls of a basement remain dry. Make sure that all ventilation bricks in the basement walls are clear of debris. Basement flooding after heavy rainfall should be dried out with a sump pump.

    Any water from down pipes, whether the plumbing or the gutter, should discharge into a drain a few feet away from the house foundations.

    Check the roof and exterior tiling for any defects that may allow water to seep into an attic. The best method is an annual inspection when the gutters are being cleared. A small gap can easily be sealed up with a little caulking. Remember that water entering through a tiny hole can cause a lot of accumulated damage.

    Attic Moisture

    In winter, warm air rising through the home to higher floors and the attic will come into contact with a cold roof and cause condensation. This condensation can start by creating mould growth and intensify to produce a raining effect within the attic.

    As long as the moisture problems in the rest of the house are under control, the attic moisture can be reduced with an air gap between the attic floor and the ceiling of the room below. A properly finished ceiling plastering provides an adequate barrier, together with an anti mold paint additive.

  • New Year’s Cleaning Resolutions for 2015

    Cleaning Resolutions

    As New Year approaches, it is time to start thinking about making those resolutions that will hopefully last longer than the January sales! Lots of resolutions are hard to maintain and impractical, but getting a cleaning resolution plan put in place is one of the easiest tasks you could do to get 2015 off to a fresh start.

    Eradicate mould

    Mould is unsightly and can cause health problems, so it makes sense to keep on top of any suspect mould patches that form in damp places around the home. Top spots include bathroom tiles and the edges of windows. It is easy enough to wipe mould away with a cloth and spray, but use a specialist mould removal product, such as Mould Away, for the best results.

    Freshen up appliances

    Start the New Year off with sparkling kitchen appliances, and get into the habit of regularly cleaning often-neglected areas, such as inside dishwashers and washing machines, or the oven. In particular, ovens often require specialist cleaners, such as degreasers or caustic-based cleaners that can tackle grime and greasy residue, while protecting the surface of your oven.

    Pet stains

    If you have any pets at home, then you may find the occasional stain, mark or odour caused by your furry friend. There are lots of pet stain and odour removal products designed to remove stains and smells easily, so that your home looks and smells clean and fresh again. Try the Pet Whiff Off cleaner. It is safe and environmentally friendly, and can be used on indoor or outdoor surfaces.

    Invest in a new mop

    If your mop looks like it has seen better days, then it will not do a very good job of keeping your floors clean. As the New Year arrives, why not invest in a new mop? It can be a good idea having more than one mop for different purposes, such as cleaning bathroom or kitchen floors. Colour coded mops offer a great solution for cleaning floors. Make sure that you use a floor-cleaning product that is suitable for the type of floor you intend to clean.

    Tackle toilets

    Toilets often require a different set of cleaning products compared to other areas of the home, so tackle stubborn limescale and odours with toilet-specific products, such as a toilet descaler and a toilet odour neutraliser, that act quickly and effectively to leave your toilet fresh and clean.

    Clean computer

    It is often said that a computer keyboard harbours more germs than a toilet seat, so try to keep on top of cleaning your computer area and home office desk space. A good, antibacterial surface cleaner spray or sanitising surface wipes are ideal for use in this area.

  • How often should you clean your fridge?

    How often should you clean your fridge

     

    `Clean Your Fridge Day` is on November 15th, and it's a good reminder of what we should do more than once a year. Did you know that many fridges contain up to 750 times the level of bacteria considered safe? How many of us really understand the dangers lurking within the cool interior of our fridge? Here are a few to watch out for.

    Mould

    Mould grows easily in door seals and other nooks and crannies. Mould can migrate throughout the fridge, contaminating your food. Products such as Concentrated Fungicidal Mould Remover are a safe and cost- effective way to remove even the blackest mould.

    Temperature

    The ideal fridge temperature is five degrees centigrade or below. Any warmer than this and your food will start to grow mould more quickly. If you notice your fridge is `sweating` and adjusting the temperature has no effect, you may need to buy a new fridge as increased moisture in the fridge creates a breeding ground for mould and bacteria.

    Cross-Contamination

    It is easy to put new items directly into the fridge without wiping the empty fridge first. Bad fridge hygiene habits place you at risk of illness. Any fresh food you put in your unclean fridge is likely to spoil more quickly.

    Fridge Cleaning

    Follow this guide to a cleaner fridge and a healthier you. Your fridge can be switched on or off. Before you start, ensure you have a good selection of cleaners & sanitisers to thoroughly clean and protect your fridge.

    Step 1: Remove all items from the fridge. Tip: pop them in a cool container whilst you clean.

    Step 2: Throw away any out-of-date, mouldy or leaking items. Tip: remember — if in doubt, throw it out!

    Step 3: Take out all shelving and crisper compartments. Tip: to avoid cracking and breaking, put them on the side to warm up before washing in hot water.

    Step 4: Wash and cleanse the shelving and units. Dry them before returning to the fridge.

    Step 5: Wipe the inside of the fridge with a good cleaning solution. Also clean the outside of your fridge, paying attention to the handles. Tip: use a toothbrush to get into any awkward areas.

    Step 6: Wipe each item and return to the fridge.

    Fridge hygiene

    Keep your raw meats and seafood in sealed containers stored at the bottom of your fridge. This prevents juices leaking on to other foodstuffs. Keep food that is to be eaten raw separate from other food. Cheese should be stored in a sealed container. Wash any soil from your vegetables and salads before placing them in the fridge.

    Fridge odour can sometimes be an issue. Milder foods can become contaminated by stronger-smelling foods. To prevent this, check the temperature of your fridge and use a product that will absorb any pungent food odours. You can use the Fridge Fresh Egg, as not only does it indicate when your fridge is at the correct temperature, but it also absorbs food odours, keeping your fridge safe and clean-smelling.

    To keep your fridge clean and germ-free, wipe up any spills as they occur. The quicker you clean it up, the easier it is to remove.

     

  • National Water Week: Practical ways to save water

    National Water Week

     

     

    National Water Week 2014

    Sunday 19 to Saturday 25 October

    As National Water Week gets going in Australia for the 21st year running, it’s time to remember how to use water wisely and conserve a precious natural resource.

    Australians on average use about 200 litres of water each day. Of this, 10 per cent is used in the kitchen for cleaning, cooking, washing and drinking, between 15 and 20 per cent is used for laundry, while a whopping 40 per cent is used in the bathroom and toilet.

    The waste is clear: one third of a person’s water consumption is flushed down the loo. The obvious way to save water is to install a smaller, more efficient cistern. Don’t use the toilet for flushing away paper tissues or cotton wool balls. Throw these in the bin, as flushing then not only wastes water, but it can also block up the drains and sewers.

    And if you ever find a spider in the bath, don’t throw that in the toilet either. Pick it up using a glass and a piece of paper and place the creature gently outside. Spiders are valuable and are nature’s very own vacuum cleaners.

    Another obvious way of saving water is to take a shower instead of a bath. One person can use up to 80 litres of water in a bath, while a shower uses less than one third of that amount. It’s also a better method of staying clean. If you really insist on taking a bath, reuse the bath water, either for washing woodwork or masonry outdoors or for watering the garden.

    Washing of any kind under a running tap is a waste of water. When brushing your teeth, it’s always a good idea to turn off the tap. It is also better to wash fruit and vegetables in a bowl rather under a running tap.

    Appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines should be full before use. A quarter-loaded washing machine uses the same amount of water as a full load.

    Employers can contribute to saving water by installing water-efficient devices in rest rooms and kitchens. Water cooler dispensers are now part of most office environments, but employees also want hot drinks.

    Rather than endlessly filling the kettle to boil water for tea and coffee, how about installing a hot-water dispenser that gives instant hot water for every individual without any waste?

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