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Unlike their feline counterparts, dogs are universally more expressive and can produce in-depth facial expressions. The more time we spend with our canine pals, the more we understand what they’re feeling at any given time, whether it be wanting more munchies or a good belly scratch. Unfortunately, when it comes to detecting signs of anxiety in dogs, the signs can be a little more subtle.

To further understand and care for our pup, it’s important to be able to understand the different types of anxiety and the signs they exhibit when they’re feeling anxious.

Fear-related anxiety

The onset of fear or phobia-related anxiety symptoms are prompted by a variety of factors, and usually stems from the sudden onset of unfamiliar stimuli. This may include sudden loud noises or visual stimuli like fireworks or thunderstorms, the addition of unfamiliar people or animals in their vicinity or exposure to new environments or specific situations such as a visit to the vet’s office or a car ride.

Separation anxiety

This ailment is especially common amongst dogs, with estimates suggesting it affects around 14% of our furry companions! Separation anxiety occurs when your dog has difficulty coming to terms with being left alone or being separated from family members. Animal behaviourist Kate Mornement says that dogs tend to associate everything they value in life – company, play and food – with when people are around, and it’s likely they’ll have none of that good stuff when they’re left alone.

Age-related anxiety

This is a form of anxiety that tends to affect older dogs and is often associated with cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS). Like Alzheimer’s Disease in humans, dogs with CDS commonly experience a decline in functioning such as deterioration in their ability to learn, awareness and in the senses of sight and hearing. This can eventually lead to an increase in anxiety and aggression. Common symptoms of dogs experiencing age-related anxiety includes a decrease in activities leading to self-care, poor appetite and often forgetting previously learned commands and potty behaviour.

Signs of anxiety in dogs

1) Pacing, shaking or trembling

An easy way to tell if your dog is anxious is through its body language. Some symptoms are easier to spot, such as excessive pacing, shaking and trembling. Dogs, much like humans, often tremble or shake in the face of stressors and this is often accompanied by a visibly worried or concerned facial expression such as wide eyes, a furrowed brow and pinned back ears.

2) Excessive barking

While barking is a normal canine form of expression, excessive barking can be a sign that your pup is feeling anxious, and anxious barking can often seem as an act of self-soothing for many dogs. It is often high-pitched and sometimes accompanied by whining. Dogs that are afraid or tense may often bark or whine in an effort to get your attention.

3) Hiding or escaping

An extension of avoidance, anxious dogs will often deal with situations, things and people that scare them by attempting to hide or even removing themselves from the situation. This may look like dogs hiding behind their owner’s legs, pulling away at a leash or in some cases simply ducking out of sight by hiding behind a tree or a parked car.

4) Destructive behaviours

Destructive behaviours such as chewing at objects, door frames, digging at doors or destroying household furniture are often mistaken as a dog misbehaving. However, these behaviours can also be signs of anxiety and are common amongst dogs experiencing separation anxiety. Your pup’s tendency to destroy your precious couch or rugs is often their way of getting nervous energy out of their system.

5) Urinating and defecating in the house

Some dogs urinate or defecate when placed under stressful and anxiety inducing situations. Anxious dogs can often work themselves up to the point that they feel the sudden urge “to go” , often resulting in many unwanted pet accidents, despite being properly toilet trained. This is especially frustrating for pet owners and can often cause damage or leave an unwanted odour in the houseAnd then there’s the unpleasant job of the clean-up, which no pet owner enjoys.

While many of these signs and symptoms can be properly identified and treated through behavioural training and medical treatment, pet urine, especially dog wee is especially difficult to thoroughly remove from household objects and carpet. Specific enzymatic solutions to tackle pet urine stains and smells are helpful because the attack the urine crystals that create the odour. While we do love our canine pals to bits, there are  many reasons your dog could be weeing in the house, and while toilet training your pup is important, sometimes accidents just happen.

That is why to remove pet urine smells and stains, we recommend Britex Urine Remover. Britex Urine Remover is a unique ‘no touch, no scrub’ enzyme-based formula specifically designed to remove old and new urine stains. It’s ideal for removing pet urine stains and their smells from carpet, rugs, mattresses, upholstery and much more. Simply spray, apply a cloth or towel and wait, and the formula will  destroy underlying pet urine stains and their odours.

The enzymes in  Britex Urine Remover break up the uric acid crystals and draw them out of your fabric or carpet while also being pet and family safe.

All Britex products are available online or can be purchased at the Britex hire stand in Bunnings Warehouse, selected Coles, IGA, Mitre 10 and Home Hardware stores.

 

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Britex Urine Remover

Britex Urine Remover features a unique ‘no touch’ formula and is designed to draw moisture from old and new urine stains up and away. Ideal for removing urine from carpet, rugs, mattresses,  car & household upholstery and hard surfaces. Simply spray and wait.

There’s no doubt that puppies are adorable and fill your life with joy, but be warned, they can make quite the mess if not toilet trained properly. Hence teaching your puppy the right place to go is a valuable investment of your time and an essential part of your pup’s development. Here are a few tips to toilet train your pup effectively!

Routine training from the start

Toilet training is an integral part of general puppy training, and it’s important to start as soon as your pup arrives home. Establishing clear ‘no go’ zones for any toilet business and creating a strict toilet training routine is a good start to guide your pup through this transitional stage. Next, allocate an area where you would like your pup to toilet – this might be a pee pad on your apartment balcony, in a bathroom or simply outside in a garden. Then follow a strict routine to take them to this area during specific times of the day such as:

Dogs can be taught to “go” on cue, which can be very handy. Use simple one-word commands such as “toilet” or “peetime” (or simply any word you like as long as you use it consistently), immediately followed by praise using a gentle tone to reward them for successfully going to the toilet in the correct place. Following a strict routine helps to eliminate any unwanted accidents in other areas and helps your pup to understand the right place to do their business.

Pay attention to signs

Just as you communicate with your pup, they will also try to communicate with you in return via body language. Understanding these certain tell-tale signs will prove to be invaluable and will help to  avoid unwanted accidents indoors. Behaviours such as more than the usual sniffing around,  restlessness, circling before squatting and constant whining may indicate that your pup really needs to go. When this happens, this is the perfect opportunity to remind your pup of the spot you’ve allocated for them to use. Small breeds of dogs may need to urinate more frequently as compared to larger breeds due to their smaller bladders. Young pups may also need to go to the bathroom more often than adult dogs, sometimes as often as  every 20 – 30 minutes.

Britex tip: Your puppy’s age in months plus one is the number of hours your puppy will be able to hold its pee. So, a 3 months old pup should be taken out once every 4 hours throughout the day.

Praise over punishment

When it comes to toilet training, punishment is an ineffective technique as it just means your puppy will be reluctant to “go” in front of you. This makes it harder to reward the correct behaviour and can lead to the pup going elsewhere to do their “business”. Remember that your home is new territory for your pup and sometimes the assimilation process can be a little stressful on our furry little friends. When it comes to toilet training, patience is a virtue and persistence is key, so if your pup has gone to the toilet in the wrong place, avoid yelling or getting angry. Simply redirect them to the right place and try again. Positive reinforcement is a far more effective and successful technique for toilet training. Your dog will soon associate going to the toilet in the correct spot, with the fact that it’s doing something right

Britex tip: Never ever rub your puppy’s nose in their mess or resort to physical punishments. Instead offer lots of praise or a play session with the pup to reward it for a job well done.

Accidents happen

During toilet training you need to remember that accidents will happen and when they do, don’t get angry. It is important to understand that despite your best efforts to toilet train your pup, it takes time for young puppies to have full control over their bladders, and it is highly unlikely that your pup is making a mess on purpose. Being angry will not solve anything and may affect the relationship between you and your fur baby. Toilet training is all part of the developmental process, so accidents will happen without the pup being able to prevent or control them while they are learning the ropes.

When accidents do happen, it is important to use products that thoroughly remove any residual odours of dog urine and faeces. Simply said, if the area smells like a toilet, your pup will continue to use it as one. Thankfully, there are enzyme-based products on the market that neutralize and deodorise pet-related stains such as dog urine. Britex Urine Remover features a unique ‘no-touch, no scrub’ formula, meaning you don’t have to blot or touch any dog urine stains. Instead just spray the area, cover it with a cloth and wait. The enzymes in Britex Urine Remover will work to draw moisture and stains up and out of carpet, upholstery and hard surfaces, breaking up the uric acid crystals and destroying underlying bacteria and odours from the dog urine stain. You can also use Britex Urine Remover to clean up dog poo. Be sure to remove all of the solids first, then spray, apply a cloth and wait.

Britex Urine Remover is also an effective deodoriser against pet-related odours such as dog urine smells in the household. Britex Urine Remover is pet and family-friendly, so you can rest assured your loved ones will not be exposed to harsh chemicals.

All Britex products are available at the Britex hire stand in Bunnings Warehouse and selected Woolworths, Coles, IGA, Mitre 10, and Home Hardware stores. Britex Urine Remover is also available to buy online and at participating Bunnings Warehouse, Woolworths and Coles stores.

 

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‘No Mr. Snuggles!’ you yell, as your feline friend proceeds to demolish your precious couch despite the 704 times you’ve told the furry little monstrosity not to. Whether your couch is a precious 19th century, fine Italian silk antique or a comfy IKEA purchase from many years ago, scratch marks on furniture can be infuriating.

If you are a cat owner, you will also be no stranger to being woken up by your feline friend (or fiend) as her meows pierce through the hollow hallways at 3AM in the morning. While our canine friends are easy to figure out thanks to their expressive faces and body language, their feline counterparts can leave even the cat-ladiest of cat ladies at wits end trying to decode their behaviour.

While deciphering the mysterious actions of felines can be challenging, studies by cat behaviour researchers (yes, it’s a real thing!) give us a glimpse into the minds of felines. Here are 4 things your cat might be trying to tell you.

1) When I’m purring it doesn’t mean I’m happy

It’s a common misconception that when your cat is purring she’s happy. While that may be true, research has found that it may mean something more than just feelings of comfort or content. It can also mean that your cat is in pain, nervous or simply even asking for help! Because “asking for help” is not part of a cat’s vocabulary, purring is their next best option and may indicate a variety of internal states. Often the best way to truly understand what they’re feeling is to pay attention to their body language and little clues such as posture and tension.

Purring accompanied with head bunting, licking and brushing is a good sign that your cat is contented and happy. Purring with a hunched back, in a fearful position, or simply hiding in quiet dark corners may signify that the cat is sick or in pain.

2) Hands off the belly human

You come home and see your furry feline crawling up to your feet to greet you and turning over to expose her soft underbelly. You reach out to give her a good tummy rub, and before you know it, your hands are covered in scratches and bites. So what the heck cat?

Unlike dogs who show their bellies as an act of submission and in anticipation of some good ol’ belly rubs, cats rarely want their belly touched. In the wild, feral cats often expose their stomachs as a defensive position to fight off predators and much of this behaviour is still ingrained in today’s domestic cat. While a cat’s soft underbelly is her most vulnerable spot, her desire to showcase it to you is sign of adoration and feeling secure enough to relax in your presence. In fact, it can be the warmest compliment a cat can give to its pet parent.

3) I scratch because I need to

Cats love to scratch, and just because they love digging their nails into your precious furniture, doesn’t mean they’re actively trying to ruin our stuff (or our lives). Cats love to scratch for many reasons. For one they may be scratching to sharpen and to remove dead outer layers of their claws. Alternatively, cats are highly territorial creatures and their claws contain sweat glands which help mark their territory both visually and through their scent. An excited and happy cat can also be particularly scratchy. Your best bet? Try diverting her scratching behaviour to an acceptable surface.

Britex tip: A good way to teach proper scratching etiquette is to offer a scratching post. It needs to be anchored securely so it doesn’t wobble, or your cat may not take to it. Try positioning the scratching post near your cat’s favourite resting areas or the furniture they love digging their claws into. Direct your cat to the scratching post during play time or when she’s scratching furniture. Remember to reward your cat with pet treats or praises once she uses the post to reinforce the behaviour!

4) Cats peeing outside the litter box

One of the best things about cats is their uncanny commitment to hygiene. But when your cat starts to pee or poop outside of their litter box, it may their way of telling you that you need to step-up your litter box cleaning game. Overly full litter boxes or infrequent scooping can be enough for your cats to pee and leave smelly presents on your pillow, furniture or even carpet. Cats are perfectionists, so they definitely don’t fancy having to walk around their own waste to relieve themselves.

Another common reason for this behaviour may be that your cat is stressed about her current litter box set up. Having the litter box too close to their feeding area or high traffic areas of the house may discourage the cat from using the litter box. Similarly, having multiple cats in the household may indicate that there may be competition for the litter box. Cats are also picky little creatures, and this extends to how they poop. Some may prefer a crystal-like litter while some may opt for a sandy texture.

Britex tip: Experiment with different litter options to determine your cat’s preference. Remember to have one litter box per cat in the house to avoid competition and as a backup when one box gets full.

While dogs are prone to pee in the house every now and then, cats may resort to this at times too. Just because we love our feline friends doesn’t mean we love enduring the stain and smells of cat pee. Any cat Mum or Dad can attest that cat pee leaves behind a strong and pungent odour and an unmistakable stain, especially if it’s on fabric surfaces like carpet or upholstery. So what happens if your couch smells like cat pee?

Britex Urine Remover is a unique ‘no touch, no scrub’ enzyme-based formula specially formulated to remove old and new urine stains. It’s ideal for removing cat pee stains and their associated smells from carpet, rugs, mattresses, upholstery and much more. Britex Urine Remover ensures you never have to touch cat pee, with its formula working to destroy underlying stains and odours; just spray, apply a cloth or towel to the areas and wait!

The enzymes in the Britex Urine Remover break up the uric acid crystals and draw them out of your fabric or carpet. It is also pet and family safe.

All Britex products are available online or can be purchased at the Britex Deep Cleaner hire stand in Bunnings Warehouse, Woolworths and selected Coles, IGA, Mitre 10 and Home Hardware Stores.

 

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We love everything about our canine friends, their personality, their companionship, their wagging tails when they’re excited. All that aside, there’s no mistaking that the scent of our four-legged friends can sometimes be on the stinky side. Some dog breeds like the Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute or Maltese don’t smell much at all, but most other dog breeds will smell from time to time.

If your fur baby is persistently smelly and it’s not caused by something obvious, or if the smell wasn’t there before, there may be something wrong with your pup.

Here are 5 more possible reasons why your dog smells bad.

1) Ear infections

Healthy dog ears usually have good defenses to fight off bacteria. Allergies and hormonal imbalances may cause yeast and bacteria to increase dramatically, causing a foul stench in your dog’s ears. If your dog’s ears smell like yeast, she may have a yeast infection. Even with regular bathing, some dogs, especially ones with long, droopy ears such as the Basset Hounds are more susceptible to these smelly infections. Not only are these infections unpleasant to the nose, it’s also painful to your pup and might lead to hearing issues or loss if left untreated. To avoid these infections, make sure to routinely clean out your dog’s ears with apple cider vinegar or dog ear rinse while wiping the outer parts of the ear down with a wet cotton ball. And at first sign of infection, take your pooch to the vet.

2) Dental problems

Another source of foul odour may also be from your dog’s choppers. Just like humans, plaque and tartar build-up is common amongst dogs, and proper dental care is an equally important (yet sadly often overlooked) part of a dog’s body. Generally, if your dog is experiencing serious bad breath, the issue probably stems from poor dental health, heavy tartar build-up, dental infections and periodontal diseases. However, in certain cases, it can also be a sign of something very wrong inside your dog’s body. Persistent bad breath can be caused by an abnormality in their respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract or internal organs. A dog’s breathe that smells like urine might be experiencing kidney failure while a diabetic dog’s breath might have a fruity, sweet scent. If your dog is experiencing any abnormalities in her breath, take her to the vet immediately.

3) Skin issues

Canine Seborrhea, a condition that, when not controlled, results in a distinct musty, sort of rotting fruit smell due to a buildup of sebum and yeast on the skin, is one of the most common causes of odour in dogs. You’ll notice the odour to be more pronounced around the ankles, elbows, armpits and ears – places where oil and sebum is most likely to buildup. Canine seborrhea is not the only skin issue that is likely to cause an odour. Dogs with overlapping folds in skin like the Shar Pei, Pekingese or Bulldog are also prone to skin fold conditions such as skin fold dermatitis, which is science for “smelly skin condition”. These folds can retain too much moisture and microorganisms resulting in a buildup of bacteria. Dogs with skin folds in particular require consistent cleaning to keep them dry and odour free. If your dog is emitting a foul odor from the skin despite constant cleaning, seek a vet’s advice immediately.

4) Anal sacs

Also commonly referred to as anal glands, are small secretory glands on both sides of the dog’s anus. The glands fill up with nasty-smelling substance, some of which are released every time your dog poops. For some dogs however, anal sacs which are infected may result in that nasty smelling substance subtly leaking, resulting in extreme discomfort for your dogs. A common symptom for infected anal glands is when your dog does the butt scoot on the floor, particularly on carpets and constant licking of the area, along with a not-so-pleasant musky scent. If your dog is experiencing any of these symptoms, take her to the vet immediately to have her anal sacs manually expressed. Failing to address impacted anal sacs may lead to abscesses and ruptures. The best prevention for anal sac infection however is lots of exercise and a healthy diet.

5) Urine smells and urinary tract infections

If your pup has an increased need to urinate more frequently than usual, urinating in the house (even when she is already potty-trained), increasingly needing to “go outside” or if she’s constantly emitting a dog urine smell, she may have a urinary tract infection. UTI’s are painful infections that give dogs an urgent and frequent need to urinate, and when doing so, will result in straining, discomfort or sometimes pain during urination. Increased urination and inappropriate urination may also be indicative of other diseases that may commonly affect older dogs, including kidney failure, diabetes and Cushing’s disease. If your dog is experiencing these symptoms, seek professional help immediately so your dog can be treated appropriately.

Despite us sometimes pinching our noses at our smelling pooches, we still love them to bits. Thankfully, there are enzyme-based products on the market that neutralize and deodorize pet-related stains, smells and odours like dog urine smells. Britex Urine Remover features a unique ‘no touch, no scrub’ formula, meaning that you don’t have to blot or touch urine stains. Instead just spray the area, cover it with a cloth and wait. Enzymes in Britex Urine Remover are specially designed to draw moisture and stains from carpet, upholstery and hard surfaces, breaking up the uric acid crystals and destroying any underlying bacteria surrounding the urine. Britex Urine Remover is also an effective deodorizer to tackle pet-related odour like dog urine smells in the household. Britex Urine Remover is pet and family friendly, so you can rest assured your loved ones are not exposed to harsh nasties and chemicals in the household.

All Britex products are available at the Britex hire stand in Bunnings Warehouse, Woolworths, selected Coles, IGA, Mitre 10 and Home Hardware stores. Britex Urine Remover is also available online here and at participating Bunnings Warehouse, Woolworths and Coles stores.

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We all love our dogs. Not only do these furry companions bring joy and amusement to our lives, studies have shown that keeping a pet in the household has positive effects to our physical and mental health. As much as we love our dogs to bits, pet accidents remain a long-standing concern that dog daddies and mummies must endure. If you’re wondering why your precious pupper is constantly doing their business in the house, here’s a couple of reasons why.

1) Not properly house-trained since birth

If your dog is weeing indoors, or simply somewhere she’s not supposed to be, chances are she was never properly house-trained. As with any habit, it’s best practice to have them ingrained from young and wee habits are no exception. For puppies, it is essential that they receive proper house training as early as 12 weeks of age. A proper house-training regime for puppies typically takes up to 4-6 months, but some pups may take up to a year. As with any other training, it’s important to remember not to let accidents hold you back. Accidents are common in puppies up to a year old, and sometimes a little dog urine in the house is inevitable during house-training. Have patience, your little one will get it in no time!

2) Urinary tract issues

While behavioural issues can sometimes be blamed when your puppies and dogs are doing their business in the house, in some cases the issue may be a medical one. Urinary tract infections (UTI) are one of the most common reasons for inappropriate urination and one of the most frequently seen health problems in dogs. Signs of  UTI include inappropriate urination, frequent urination, increased thirst and even bloody dog urine! So, the next time your dog wees in the house, it may not be that your canine friend is misbehaving, but a larger underlying issue at hand. Best practice? Take her to a vet and have her checked.

3) Submissive or excitement urination issues

If your new puppy or rescue dog is house-trained and  healthy but still occasionally wees on the floor for no fathomable reason, then you might have a dog with submissive or excitement urination issues. Submissive dogs tend to resort to urinating to appease someone they view as “socially dominant” and to escape being punished. This situation is common when there’s a history of punishment and negative treatment after inappropriate peeing and is more common in rescue dogs or shy and timid dogs. Excitement urination on the other hand relates to accidents that occur during greetings or play sessions and are typically common in puppies under 1 year of age. The good news? Puppies will eventually grow out of it!

4) Urine marking

Urine marking typically occurs when there are additional social triggers or environmental changes to a dog’s immediate living environment. Are there new dogs in the vicinity? Some dogs will resort to using their urine to mark areas they consider to be theirs, especially when there are new non-resident dogs in their environment. Dogs are territorial animals and dog urine marking can be a sign for dogs to communicate that “this is my spot” to other people and animals. Other exciting social triggers may also cause a dog to urine mark, such as a male dog in the presence of a female dog (especially when they are in heat). In general, dogs who are more reproductively intact are more likely to urine mark compared to spayed or neutered dogs, and by spaying or neutering your dogs, this could halt dog urine marking completely.

Just because we love our canine pals to bits doesn’t mean we love the puddles they leave behind in the house. No matter how well you trained your dog, or how diligent you keep to your toilet-break schedule, sometimes dog urine accidents happen. Whether its on your carpet, rugs, hardwood or anywhere else, the most important thing is to make sure that dog urine won’t leave a lasting impression, that includes the stain and the smell! When cleaning dog urine, tackling the smell is just as important as tackling the stain to ensure that your dogs are not attracted to the same spot again. This is where an enzyme-based solution like the Britex Urine Remover can come in handy.

The Britex Urine Remover’s unique ‘no touch, no scrub’ formula ensures that you don’t have to blot or touch dog urine stains, instead just spray the area, cover it in a cloth and wait. Britex Urine Remover is designed to draw moisture and stains away, while being effective yet gentle on fabric furnishings such as carpets, rugs, mattresses, upholstery and hard surfaces. The enzymes in Britex Urine Remover work to break up the uric acid crystals while destroying the bacteria surrounding the urine. Most importantly, it is pet and family safe so you can rest assured that your loved ones are not exposed to harsh chemicals and nasties in the household.

All Britex products are available at the Britex hire stand in Bunnings Warehouse, Woolworths, selected Coles, IGA, Mitre 10 and Home Hardware Stores. Britex Urine Remover can be purchased online at participating Bunnings Warehouse, Woolworths and Coles stores or here,

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The cooler months are now well and truly upon us! Some people perceive DIY deep carpet cleaning as a job for spring or summer, when temperatures are warmer. The truth is, you can deep clean your carpets all year round. Here’s 5 great reasons to give your home a DIY deep clean in winter:

1) Winter hibernation is more enjoyable with clean carpet and rugs!

Winter means more weekends hibernating in front of Netflix or the football, more indoor entertaining with friends and the general urge to take to the couch (or floor) with a comfy cushion and doona to hibernate. This is far more enjoyable when you know that the rug or carpet you’re lounging on not only looks beautifully clean, but the deep down nasties (dirt, bacteria and allergens) have been banished with hot water extraction.

2) Heating helps dry time

If you’re already cranking up the heating, why not take advantage of that and do a carpet deep clean while you’re at it. Upping the heating helps you to speed up the dry time in cooler weather. If you have central heating, even better! If you don’t, why not plan a family trip to the movies after cleaning to give your carpet a chance to dry. What’s better than quality family time and coming back to deep-cleaned, allergen-free carpets!

3) Reduce the bugs from winter illnesses

Unfortunately winter is a time where we contract more colds, viruses and the dreaded gastro. If you want to sanitise your house after an outbreak of illness –  especially if a family member has misfired and thrown up on the couch or carpet – a deep clean can remove bacteria that normal vacuuming or spot cleaning just won’t reach. For the really stubborn stains and lingering odours pre-treat with Britex Urine Remover or Britex Spot n Stain first.

4) Winter sports

If you’ve ever had little footy or soccer players run inside after a wet-weather game, their knees caked with mud as they climb over your pale couch, then perhaps a deep clean of the upholstery is in order. Followed by enforcement of the ‘straight to the shower after sport’ rule.

5) Your pets shed less fur in cooler months

Furry family members tend to shed less hair in the cooler winter months. May to August can be a great time to deep clean and remove the build-up of cat and dog fur that regular vacuuming won’t remove.

If you have tiled floors, deep cleaning your floor grout and tiles is another great job to tick off in winter. Drying times are similar to that of regular mopping, but with an added benefit of deep cleaning to remove grime, dirt and general nasties.

Once the winter cleaning is done, it’s time to sit back and relax.  You will have a beautifully cleaned house, PLUS all that DIY cleaning is a great workout. Time to break out the chocolates and wine – or even better, order in pizza! You’ve earnt it!

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No one likes the smell of cat urine – except, perhaps, the animals themselves. If you’ve started noticing a suspect aroma clinging to your carpets and upholstery, don’t fret: it’s quite normal feline behaviour. And the good news is that you can do something about it.

Why do they do it?

Many animals use their urine to claim territories. It is a form of communication that often signals an animal’s reproductive status. Some cats, typically the more dominant ones in the neighbourhood, may also mark the boundaries of their territory with faeces or cat urine (just for good measure).

What can you do about cat urine?

It is important that you clean up any urine or faeces thoroughly using a good enzyme cleaner. Homemade cleaning agents are often ineffective at breaking down the uric acid and fully removing the scent of urine. As long as your pet can smell their personal scent, they will return to the same spot to do their business. Enzyme cleaners remove all scent residue, effectively warding off repeat behaviour.

The unique ‘no touch’ Britex Urine Remover is designed to draw moisture and urine stains, whether old or new, up and away from carpets, rugs, mattresses and upholstery. No touching, rubbing or scrubbing is required. The spray is also effective against blood and vomit. The advanced enzyme formula eliminates the underlying odour and destroys stubborn stains, discouraging your pets from wetting the same region.

The Urine Remover is just one of Britex’s high-quality Extra Finish range of products, alongside the Spot N Stain Remover and Odour Blaster. Together these products form the ultimate defence against pet mishaps and mess, ensuring you never have to worry about soiled carpets again. The products are all pet friendly and low allergenic, meaning everyone in the household is kept happy. You can rent the Britex Carpet Cleaner today at your local Bunnings, Woolies, Coles, IGA or Foodworks. Or buy the machine from Bunnings or online at www.britex.com.

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