Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Is The Stay Beautiful Program Right For You?

You may have heard me mention the "Stay Beautiful Program" both on our phone message and in our reminder mailers. In case you are wondering how it works, if it's a good fit for you, or perhaps how to get started--  then this VIDEO is for you!

With the Stay Beautiful program we make it easy and economical for our customers to keep their maintenance schedule they’ve always intended to follow “on track”!


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

4 Steps to Keep Leather Furniture Looking Like NEW!

While you may get your upholstered furniture cleaned every year, those leather pieces in your home often get overlooked. How can you keep your leather furniture looking great?

1- Leather furniture should be placed out of direct sunlight to prevent drying out, cracking, and color loss. 

2- Dust and vacuum the furniture regularly. 

3- Always wipe up spills with a clean cloth as soon as possible.

4- Once or twice a year, have leather furniture cleaned, conditioned, and protected. 
These steps are very important. Leather conditioner will help to keep the leather soft and flexible- essential in keeping your furniture looking and feeling like new! The protectant will assist in repelling staining and soiling as well. 

If you have smaller sized leather furniture like a chair or an ottoman, you can also clean and condition your pieces at home. We recommend using a Leather Protect & Cleaner Kit. This one comes with a soft cleaner and protector cream. 

A very important thing to keep in mind is that this cleaning kit is for Aniline and Pigmented leather ONLY.  NEVER use on Nubuck or Suede. It's best to leave the cleaning of those to a professional. (Call for a quote 253-845-8883)

These 4 steps will help you get the most from your investment and allow you to enjoy it for many years.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Leaving Your Pet Home

When planning a trip, it may be a consideration to take your pet with you. But often, this is stressful for you and your pet and logistically may be near to impossible. If you decide to leave your pet at home while you are gone, you have several alternatives: a kennel, a family member or friend who can look after your pet, or a pet sitter. 

If you choose to board your pet in a kennel, be sure to get references and inspect the facilities first. You can get recommendations from your veterinarian or a local shelter. Find out whether your state requires inspections and whether your selected kennel has passed an inspection and meets mandated standards. Your pet should be able to accept basic commands and should be well socialized around other people and pets to be a good candidate for a kennel. He should also be current on vaccinations. If you are planning a long trip, a short stay at the kennel a week or two ahead of time can help your pet get used to the environment. This will also let you know if your pet has any problems with being away from home. 

If you choose to drop your pet off at a family member's or friend's home, you should also take some of these same basic precautions. If the home has small children, spend some time beforehand playing with your pet and the kids. This will give them both a chance to learn how to properly interact with each other. You can bring your pet's bedding, bowls, and toys along as well. You will also need to make sure that any existing pets in the home get along well with your pet. 

If you are hiring a pet sitter, get references and interview the candidate beforehand. A pet sitter is a great option for pets that are elderly, need special care, or are timid. If you are going to be gone during the holidays, be sure to make reservations with your pet sitter early, as these are traditionally very busy times of the year. Leave clear instructions regarding the care of your pet, along with emergency contact information, and a way to contact you. You should have the pet sitter come over for an hour or two before your planned trip to get acquainted with your home, the location of pet supplies, and to spend some time getting to know your pet. 

Whichever option you choose, you should feel free to leave and enjoy yourself without having to worry about the care of your pet. By planning ahead and giving your pet a chance to get used to the change in daily routine, you should have a smooth process for you and your pet. 


Monday, September 28, 2015

Making Your Home Safe for Your Pets

Most homes with children know to keep hazardous chemicals, cleaners, and medication out of the reach of children, but these precautions should also be taken in homes with pets. There are many household items that can be dangerous for pets if ingested. These are a few of the things to look for in your home.

- Lawn and garden pesticides
- Flea and tick products
- Insecticidal aerosols
- Shampoos
- Cleaning products
- Rat and mouse poison
- Tobacco products
- Aspirin and other pain relievers
- Garbage

How do you properly protect your pets from these hazards? Do not leave containers with these types of items where your curious pet can find them. Any spills should be cleaned up as soon as possible, including the outside of the container. Lids should be tightly closed and stored out of reach. Garbage cans should be covered tightly and secured to prevent tipping.

If you have sprayed your lawn with chemicals, do not let your pet on the grass until the recommended drying period has passed. If your pet does come in contact with the chemicals, wash his or her feet with mild soap and water. 

Pets should also not be allowed in vegetable or flower gardens or in compost piles. Some plants are toxic to animals if nibbled on. Compost piles can contain bacterial toxins that are harmful to animals. 

Rat and mouse poison can be harmful or even deadly if a cat ingests the dying or dead rodent. Take care when using these types of poisons to ensure that your cat does not consume a poisoned rat or mouse.

Monday, September 21, 2015

A Happy, Active Pet

Many dogs and cats spend much of their day with little to do. They sit at home, resting and waiting for their human companions to return home from work. These pets can become bored which often leads to naughty behavior. They also may not be getting the exercise they need each day. 

To help your solitary pet, be sure to engage in at least 30 minutes of exercise twice a day with your pet. You can take a walk, throw a ball, or play tug-of-war with a toy. Both dogs and cats love to chase after furry toys or small balls. When you are away, leave some fun chew toys for your dog and a scratching post for your cat. 

If possible, consider having a friend or neighbor let your dog out for part of the day. But be sure to keep on top of negative behavior like excessive barking. If this becomes a problem, you will need to modify your dog’s environment and behavior with positive activities. If your cat is an indoor cat, set up an outdoor enclosure to give him some fresh air and varied exercise activities. 

Finally, be sure to spend as much fun time with your pet when you are at home as possible. Include him in family activities and encourage you children to spend daily play time with your animal. You’ll find that everyone can benefit from these fun bonding experiences. 

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Tips for Adding a Pet to Your Household

Many pet owners consider adding a second or more pet to their households. It may seem like a great idea—not only will your current pet have a companion, but you will also have another animal to love. When considering this, it is good to remember that caring for multiple pets can bring some challenges. Before adopting a new animal companion, consider these issues first to best prepare yourself, your family, and your current pet. 

The most important issue is whether your current pet will respond well to a new animal in your home. It may be helpful to do a trial run. Ask to dog- or cat-sit for a friend for a weekend. Watch your pet closely during this time. Does he hide or act aggressively? Is he able to share his toys or treats? While problems in these areas do not necessarily mean that you cannot have a second pet, it does reveal things you will need to work on first. Some specific training with a pet behaviorist and frequent chances for socializing with other pets on a regular basis can help improve behavior.  

When introducing your new pet to your home, be sure to do it when you have time to stick around. A weekend at home is a reasonable amount of time to spend with your pets as they learn about each other and become friends. Have separate food and water bowls and give each pet a place to rest apart from everyone else. If there are conflicts, separate the animals and then gradually bring them back together. Instead of punishing for aggressive behavior, simply separate again and distract them—eventually they will get used to each other’s company. 

Finally, remember that your pets are individuals. Give each one time alone with you, especially if he or she seems stressed by the changes of having a new pet in the home. 

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Choosing a Great Pet Bed

Most pets enjoy having their own bed. If you are deciding on a bed for your dog or cat, be sure to choose one that will provide warmth, support and a sense of security. What makes a pet bed great? Keep these tips in mind when shopping.

- A good pet bed should be made of durable and washable material. Natural fibers are best and the fabric should not be treated with chemicals such as flame-retardants or stain-protectors. 

- The bed should have a non-skid bottom to help keep it in place.

- Get a bed that will comfortably fit your pet even when he or she is stretching. But if you have a dog or cat that only sleeps curled up, you may need to get a smaller bed to provide a cozier feel.

- There are a variety of beds for special needs: hypoallergenic materials for allergic pets, orthopedic beds for animals with arthritis, and waterproof beds for pets with incontinence problems. 

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