The Vine: April 15, 2011
My parents are having trouble cleaning their favorite chair. The small dog of the house long ago staked out the top of the headrest (by my dad's head) as his place of rest, and now the chair just smells.
They've used all kinds of cleaners and baking soda/vinegar-type remedies, but nothing works. I don't know specifically each product they've used, though.
I've spent a long time reading old Vines for entertainment and I recall reading about various products that you and the Nation have used as cleaners for the various smells and stains that go along with pets. I never bothered to remember these things as I don't have a pet, but now I find it would be useful to know! The only one I could find in reading through the archives is Nature's Miracle, but I know there are more y'all have mentioned. (Plus, Nature's Miracle, is it a cleaner or a gel thingy you open and place by the offending smell?)
Could you and/or the readership refresh my memory so I could send some suggestions my parents' way?
I'll let the readers step in in a moment, but if the headrest is detachable, you could huck it in the dryer for 30 minutes on medium and see if that does the trick.
I'd also suggest, once you've found a solution for zapping the dog smell, deploying preventive measures from now on — i.e., a towel, a soft piece of upholstery that complements the chair, or something along those lines, laid where the dog usually naps and laundered once a week.
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