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Pets | Pee Predicaments | Part Deux

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The Only Dance There Is

“Pets & Pee Predicaments”, our first blog discussed the subject of (almost) all things related to pet pee predicaments. And this is it – create a cleaning dance to keep things interesting – don’t call it a routine, the word conjures up static, low energy, just pure blah-ness. But, a dance, you can do that. No one is watching, you got this! By the way, if someone joins in, all the better. You should dance a few times a week.

Crank it Up & Get Down

Crank up the music and get down with “we love pets, but we love a clean house too” cleaning hoohah. Get vacuuming, clean old urine soaked areas with enzyme component cleaners, deodorize the place and open the darn windows. Part Deux, this part, takes it home with the rest, the last waltz – carpet spot cleaning, furniture cleaning, purifying and freshening the air.

Spot Cleaning, H2O2 , Vinegar & Your Pets

Before the very popular subject of  “vinegar cures everything on earth” topic is addressed, decide that dealing with fresh pet pee should be a priority in life, at least one of them. With old urine stains gone, be vigilant. Create a new dynamic, clean fresh piddle right away which will minimize repeat offenses. Do not allow your very expensive carpet to become a surrogate fire hydrant.

Cleaning products with H2O2 aka as hydrogen peroxide rock, and will make the task easier than you can imagine. Hydrogen peroxide is the only germicidal agent composed of water and oxygen exclusively, which kills pee related organisms by oxidation. Vinegar is acidic in nature and holds many of the same properties as urine. Vinegar therefore, should never be used to clean pet stains. Because dogs and most pets urinate based on scent, vinegar can actually draw them to the spot where it was applied. Just Say NO to urine cleaning vinegar hacks, please.

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a Brilliant Spot Cleaning Product

Hydrogen peroxide is considered the world’s safest of all natural sanitizers that kills microorganisms by simply oxidizing them. When Hydrogen peroxide reacts with organic material it breaks down into oxygen and water, meaning it is a non-toxic entity and perfectly suited for general use. Spartan Contempo H2O2 Spotting Solution is a convenient, ready-to-use, hydrogen peroxide based carpet spotting solution and pre-spray treatment. It has an advanced cleaning formula designed with ingredients that penetrate, lift and oxidize stains. These powerful detergents dry to a brittle powder, leaving no tacky residue. The brittle powder does not contribute to re-soiling and is easily removed by vacuuming. Plus, it carries the Carpet and Rug Institute’s Seal of Approval which means this product will remove even the most difficult stains without damage to the carpet. Good stuff!

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Dog Germs!

Snoopy, Lucy & Dog Germs

“I have dog germs, get hot water” ~Lucy.  Did she have it right? Come on, it’s only logical. As much as we love dogs, most pets are little beings of bacteria carrying fur balls. Maybe some of the germs are good germs, that’s possible, right? There are dozens of research studies on the subject with the same conclusion that we know to be true – just keep the environment hygienic and keep dogs in the family. Vacuum and clean upholstered furniture and sleeping areas, especially bedding and follow-up with a deep penetrating proprietary cleaning system to eliminate odor.

Vacuuming removes the obvious: fur and dander. A HEPA vacuum filtration system captures 100 percent of particles 75 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair and actually improves indoor air quality capturing dust and allergen particles down to 0.3 microns. A professional grade fabric freshening product takes it home for a perfect storm of clean, which is not to be confused with covering odor – don’t even try. Everyone knows and it’s just not that healthy.

The Holy Grail for Clean, Pure Air

You’ve danced the last dance of the day. The dance is over. Your work is done. But your dogs, and other pets in the house, as beautiful and as happy as they are in this fresh, clean space will continue to generate germs and dander. Hey, that’s just who they are. The cleaning dance will never end…not that there’s anything wrong with that. But imagine if 99.7% of allergens including pet dander could be removed from the air effortlessly. Wouldn’t that be sweet? Removing the problem, before it happens? Investing in an air purifier makes sense, and today’s technology is rather brilliant. A HEPA air purification system features a carbon odor filter which has been treated with pure baking soda. The purification system is designed to trap larger particles, and virtually absorbs and eliminates all odors. Pure genius. 

The Gilded Lilly

Not that you need it at this point, but we think it’s nice. Pet odor has been eliminated thanks to you. Odor neutral spaces are quite heavenly. You’ll even notice behavior changes in your pets, I know I have, personally.

But just as a certain fragrance wafts through the air when someone walks by that is irresistible, wouldn’t it be nice to have a beautiful fragrance in your home too? Not an assaulting sharp cover up kind of smell, something simply fresh & clean?  Also, by chance, if there happens to be a lingering odor, somehow, somewhere, many air fresheners are designed and formulated to freshen the air and eliminate bad odor. Brilliant. By, the way, we have a fabulous and worthy selection for your review – in case you wondered.

The Last Waltz

In conclusion, if you have a particular odor, stain or perplexing pet related cleaning issue, we are available. Sani-Chem Cleaning Supplies is run by people – not boards, stock holders or algorithms. Real people, with real experience and knowledge who are available to discuss whatever cleaning challenge you might have. Remember that – we are here to serve you and the community (since 1976).

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Pets | Pee Predicaments | Perfect Products

If You’ve Known a Dog, You’ve Loved a Dog

It is a blind, deafening, joyous kind of love, isn’t it? The kind of easy love that can make you completely immune to the realities of dog life – like pee for one, or the muskiness of your dog’s favorite pheromone infused sleeping pillow, common noxious odors, dander, stained carpet or flying fur & soggy footprints … and yet there it is. To visitors, friends, family, and neighbors it is the proverbial elephant in the room.

You’ve been there. Maybe you’ve visited a new friend, a long lost relative, super smart co-worker, nice, nice neighbor or happy church buddy, and there it is. The door opens and the stench is so strong you feel as though you might faint. Or you enter a house with windows that have been closed for a century unmercifully capturing the stench of pee soaked carpeting and furniture that literally belongs to the dogs. It happens and it almost defies description.

Ideology Meets Logic

So, here’s where the ideology of loving a pet meets logic. There is no joy in having pets if your home has been turned into a kennel and an unclean one at that. It’s not a healthy environment for you, children or other living things. Certainly, undeniably, for your friends who you would like to keep as friends. Yeah, it’s that serious. But, the cleaning part, it’s pretty easy if you just put one foot in front of the other. Take one step at a time, create a dance. This is the only dance there is. A dance to repeat, joyfully, keeping life beyond copacetic, keeping it real, clean. Just add music & you have arrived.

Vacuuming Rules

Vacuuming rules. Did you ever think about this? Pets actually leave an odiferous trail as they wander around the house. Because with the oh so exquisite combination of fur, dander, mud, and yes, pee and poo, your home has become a cacophony of a pure mutt smelling Symphony. So, get your game face on and vacuum every nook and cranny. I am here to tell you that an awesome vacuum makes all the difference.

Go Pro

Get a good vacuum cleaner, preferably one with a HEPA filtration system that unbelievably captures 100 percent of particles 75 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair! How cool is that? And, a commercial grade vacuum cleaner actually improves indoor air quality capturing dust and allergen particles down to 0.3 microns. This feature is especially providential for humans (or pets) with allergies or specific sensitivities.

So, just get into a routine, vacuum the whole darn place – floors, baseboards, carpets, furniture, cushions, your pets favorite hang. You get the picture. That’s all there is to it. A good vacuum makes this routine a snap and the results are way, way worth the effort.

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 Pee Problems – Old & New

So, how many times have you walked around, about or ON an old, old pet stain? Just stop. Now. Stains harbor old odor and there is definitely something you can do about it. Join this century. Cleaning products that include enzymes is a game changer. Although enzyme formulated products is not a new phenomenon, these products are undergoing a revival. And for good reason, the components and results are relevant in an age where green cleaning solutions prevail and mindfulness matters. Bacteria. Good & bad that’s the root formula for cleaners with enzymes.

Enzymes 101

Here’s a scientific cliff note on the subject found in “Simple Science: How in the World do Enzymes Clean?” by Nyco:

Contrary to popular belief, enzymes are not alive. They are produced by live bacteria and pave the way for it to work. Enzymes operate as helpful tools that catalyze (speed up) chemical reactions between bacteria and soils, making the bacteria more efficient. Enzymes work to break down complex waste particles into smaller pieces that bacteria can more easily consume. These smaller particles—organic wastes, urine, grease, stains—become “food” for bacteria to digest and break down into two basic compounds—carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O).

Certain enzymatic products are specifically formulated for carpet cleaning which penetrates soft surfaces without discoloring them. With a near-neutral pH, the application ensures that the cleaner will not damage the surface. For new or old pee problems, enzyme cleaners are the way to go.

Deodorize, Simply Because, Pee Stinks

What’s next? The carpets and floors have been thoroughly vacuumed, stubborn pee problem areas have been eliminated, now it’s time to odor neutralize your space. It’s optimal to create a clean, fresh smell in the house without a perfumy sub-text. To accomplish this, deodorize. Deodorizing the home should create the absence of odor. This is your goal. Think about this – every time someone enters your home, should they immediately know that you are a pet lover? Or, would it be preferable for guests to simply enter a living space that is defined by no odor, a neutral odor zone? Of course, you know the answer. As you look for ways, products, and practices to simply deodorize, you will find every cleaning hack under the sun. Pop ups from vinegar, cat litter, vodka, baking soda, essential oils, tea leaves, to chalk abound. Yes, chalk. Don’t go there.

A Natural Disposition is Best

Today’s cleaning products combine the best of both worlds: they are effective and safe with the benefit of incorporating innovations and technology that possess environmentally sustainable qualities. Continued research and studies regarding pet-friendly cleaning products have proven to be effective and safe with the disposition to decompose naturally. Odorcide 210 a biodegradable deodorizer is a strong contender among these superior cleaning alternatives. It’s a safe, economical and effective deodorizing product. The chemical bonding, physical absorption, and counteraction are the simplistic properties of this deodorizer that lead to one result – the complete elimination of odors which make this product absolutely aces. 

Always Ask …

On a side note, always check labels and ask reliable sources when purchasing cleaning and deodorizing products for areas where pets hang out. Ingredients that are potentially dangerous to pets is extensive, be cautious and ask questions. Sani-Chem Cleaning Supplies carries an extensive line of deodorizing products designed specifically for areas where pets live and breathe. Our experts are available to discuss your specific needs by calling 800.983.9280 or via our website.

Open Up the Windows, Let Some Air Inside This Room

Yes, my darling, just open the windows! It may seem like the most obvious thing in the world, but it is surprising how many people have become fresh air phobic. Didn’t your mother ever tell you a little fresh air would do you good? Mothers are always, always, right. It is true, different climates determine where, how and when optimum conditions exist to set fresh your home. But closed up, air conditioned or heated spaces hold stale air. So, take a leap of faith, open the windows, turn on the fans, get a cross breeze going throughout the house to flush out the old, and bring in the new.

“Set wide the window, let me drink the day.”  ~Edith Wharton

Play Some Music – Play it Real Loud

I don’t know about you, but, I seriously need some high energy, thumping, deep in your soul kind of music when I take on the business of a serious clean your space kind of day (you may need ear phones or headphones), so do that first. Get your dance on, get into your routine, your groove, be happy & clean. Vacuum, spot clean old stains, deodorize, open the windows, relax.

Before I Lose You

In conclusion, look for Pets & Pee Predicaments, Part Deux because you know, you and I, we’re not quite done yet. Next time, the good stuff continues as pee predicaments, proper perspective and cleaning matters continue. Here’s what – spot clean carpets, clean the furniture, purify & freshen the air…that’s where I’ll meet you, next time.

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Church Cleaning | Divine Intervention

Miracle Workers

We need a miracle every day …


And miracles do happen, but divine intervention isn’t necessary to create a beautiful, clean, fresh inviting church space. Miracles are people and products.

A miracle is an event not explicable by natural or scientific laws. Such an event may be attributed to a supernatural being, magic, a miracle worker, a saint or a religious leader. Wikipedia

Let’s just say that maybe, the church cleaning crew are miracle workers…and some of the products to help along the way? Pretty miraculous too.

We get used to our church, don’t we? We don’t actually “see” it anymore. But, this building, this church has the same maintenance and cleaning requirements as a school, hospital or hotel. What do we see? We see our friend’s familiar faces, and new ones, happy energetic kids upsetting the old folks, a sage Minister, ladies who command the kitchen, friends sipping coffee after service discussing the next book club meeting. We don’t quite see the building as a building anymore.

We may be blind to little “not exactly sparkling clean” areas that hint at our familiarity with this safe and peaceful place. But, after all, it is a building with the same cleaning requirements of a school, hospital or hotel only with an unpredictable cleaning schedule. A wise minister once told her congregation to stop, to be mindful upon entering church. Look around, observe, really “see” the church. The doors, narthex, entry, walls, windows, floors, restrooms, carpeting … are they clean, fresh? Look with new eyes. This is what newcomers will see as they enter this sacred space. What will they see?

So, Look with New Eyes & Think about Church Miracle Workers

Little churches, huge congregations, small chapels, big campuses … all require an exceptional cleaning end product. Cleanliness is next to Godliness and knows no boundaries, big or small.

Churches have unique circumstances affecting how and when cleaning takes place. Even though the predictable nature of Sunday service defines church routine, those who are in charge of keeping the church clean are busy, beyond a “normal” routine. Friday and Monday are the busiest times for maintenance and cleaning crews to set up, break down and clean. Large churches that encompass campuses beyond 100,00 square feet can be especially challenging due to the enormity of ground to cover. Exceptional cleaning methods and results remain the same regardless of size and the element of time must be considered when undertaking especially large cleaning jobs.

Beyond Sunday

For most churches, the array of programs, meetings, potlucks, construction, events, both planned and unplanned translate to a maintenance and cleaning program that never sleeps. With all of these activities, logistics, and configuration of church space with internal staff and outside groups, common areas are constantly being rearranged as tables, chairs and computer equipment are moved and moved again … Set up and take down tasks throughout the week interfere with the schedule of the maintenance crew as they are called upon to pitch in. Something to consider.

Weddings and Funerals

Weddings are planned. Funerals are not. Obviously. In either case, the cleaning crew may have to rearrange their schedules – carpet cleaning, as an example would have to be rescheduled as an unscheduled event like a funeral or celebration of life service takes precedence. Flexibility to accommodate the special needs of the church community is a given. Knowing this helps the cleaning team understand that their role is vital, and will more than likely include coming in to help on their day off.

Sunday School & Kid Space

Churches that are fully engaged in their future offer a full range of programs for children of every age. The Sunday school space is often used as a daycare center throughout the week as well, leaving Saturday to thoroughly clean and sanitize this area in addition to daily surface cleaning. From babies in cribs to teens with guitars, a vibrant kid friendly culture means that the space is probably ripe with germs of every variety. A good disinfectant and sanitizing cleaning solution is critical to keeping these areas sparkling clean and germ-free. This is a good one by the way! Spartan PSQ – Disinfectant Cleaner

Various Surfaces, Floor Composition & Care Products

Unlike traditional buildings that accommodate a wide population, churches may incorporate a complex variety of floor materials for different parts of the campus, which can prove to be challenging. Appropriate cleaning products must be utilized for each surface application. Consider that larger congregations may incorporate the use of brick pavers, stamped concrete, ceramic, carpet, vinyl composition tile, wood flooring and slate. Each surface must be treated and maintained with a specific product and methodology. Acid cleaners work well on ceramic but never on wood surfaces. Slate does not have to be cleaned often but high gloss vinyl should be mopped and scrubbed regularly with periodic recoating. Miracle workers and the best products on earth make this happen. Our “Floor Care” options are available for review and for further consultation, contact us for expert advice @ 800.983.8280.

Everyday Necessities

Just like a business, certain procedures and protocols must be in place to run an effective enterprise. Fundamental products are the key to success in keeping churches running smoothly and efficiently, from a cleaning perspective. Not every congregation requires huge quantities of everyday necessities, but in moderation, every church needs a maintenance closet stocked with these items:

  • Toilet Tissue – Heavenly soft, 2-ply, jumbo roll, recycled, green plus, premium, standard, single rolls, quantity
  • Paper Towels – Brands: Boardwalk, Bounty, Cascades, GEN, Georgia Pacific, Kleenex, Scott, Wausau Paper, Windsoft
  • Air Fresheners – Application: Washroom, smoke & odor eliminator, refrigerators, odor control, fabric, carpet
  • Candle Wax & Chewing Gum Remover – Freezes gum or candle wax for easy removal; tables, chairs, floors
  • Furniture Polish – Wood polish, lemon oil, aerosol, foaming, dust & allergen, natural, wipes, professional grade
  • Neutral Floor Cleaner – Green Certified, industrial, super concentrate, damp mop, degreaser, disinfectant
  •  Window Cleaner – 3M, CFR, Clorox, DAX, Lysol, Quality Park, Read Right, Spartan, Ungar, Universal
  • Carpet Spot Remover – heavy duty, professional instant, paint, oil, grease, natural stain slapping. green solutions
  • Restroom Cleaner – Virucidal, germicidal, disinfectant, bio-renewable, green solutions, organic digesters, non-acid
  • Forks, Knives, Spoons Plates, Foam Cups etc… – Contact us for a tailored product mix for specific need and quantity

Have something to add to this list? Let us know.


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Spring Cleaning Essentials | Dust . Air . Glass

 That’s What it All Comes Down to at the Office


Dust . Air . Glass … Spring Cleaning Essentials 101

With a long winter behind us and Spring solstice in full bloom, Spring Cleaning is our primal response to winter hibernation and long, closed up, stuffy spaces. It’s only natural to dust off the shelves, recycle office nics nacs, buy fresh flowers and send the Christmas lights packing. So, you’ve cleaned your little corner of the world, your office, cubicle or desk. Now, looking around, everything looks dingy, dirty and old.

The larger than life vision of what Spring cleaning actually means, sets most of us in a tailspin. It might be a good time to call on a professional. A professional cleaning company armed with the right products and know how will whip your dingy world into shape. Somehow, the laundry list of precise spring cleaning tasks looks endless, from gutter cleaning to removing cobwebs. But, there’s another way of looking at it. If it took months to build up significant levels of dust, dirt, and grime, maybe it’s a good idea to take a few weeks to complete a thorough Spring cleaning. Have patience, think about tackling the “state of the state” in small bites, let the process unfold over a period of time. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Simply consider three elements: Dust. Air. Glass.


When it comes to Spring cleaning specifically, whether you are a professional or do-it-yourselfer, it’s the perfect time to Invest in a backpack vacuum cleaning system. It’s worth its weight in gold. Manufactured in the U.S.A the Sandia HEPA Raven Vacuum delivers the latest advantages in vacuum design technology. Ergonomically designed to vacuum carpet, hard floors and upholstery, this vacuum is worn on the back to allow easy and quick vacuuming while walking. It includes HEPA filtration, HEPA bag, HEPA motor filter and is designed to clean sensitive areas that require the highest filtration. The system collects the most soils, leaving exhaust air cleaner. Read more about HEPA filters and how they work, it’s pretty amazing technology.

For Spring cleaning or any time of the year, Sani-Chem Cleaning Supplies offers a substantial backpack vacuum repertoire and accessories by top manufacturers: Backpack vacuums right here


There may be nothing more important than the air we breathe, especially because it has been calculated that we spend about a third of our lives at work. When it comes right down to it, air quality is a non-negotiable environmental variable in the workplace. Without relatively clean air, everyone’s health is compromised. In fact, the United States Department of Labor states that ”poor indoor air quality (IAQ) has been tied to symptoms like headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs.” So, we’re pretty sure we’re all on the same page when it comes to decent air quality. Again, small bites. Companies with dated ventilation systems should incorporate highly efficient air purification systems. Air purifiers like the Fellowes Air Purifier with HEPA Filter removes airborne pollutants at the molecular level, instantly neutralizing viruses and germs in the air. The HEPA filter captures 99.97% of particles and impurities as small as 0.3 microns, including mold spores, pollen, dust mites, allergens, bacteria, cigarette smoke, pet dander, and odors. We think HEPA filters are the bomb when it comes to keeping internal air pure and clean.

Of course, Sani-Chem has options of every shape, size, manufacturer and price point, so have a look:  Air Purification Systems Galore


It may seem trivial, but clean, sparkling windows are relevant. Natural sunlight beaming into a workspace not only brightens the atmosphere but affects the mood and morale of employees. Dingy begets dingy, remember that. Additionally, clean, or dirty windows significantly affect your credibility of a business by clients and customers. Think about the last time you entered a restaurant. If the first thing you noticed was dirty windows, where does your mind wander next? So, just clean the windows. Professional cleaning equipment and product is key. Buy your own window cleaning basics or hire a professional, knowledgeable company. As for us, we have had a lot of great feedback on Unger Easy Glide Glass Cleaner, it’s biodegradable, concentrated, non-toxic, and skin friendly. Here’s the lowdown: Cleans windows with little effort and has extreme glide. It’s biodegradable, skin friendly, non-toxic and leaves a smooth surface for a squeegee to glide across easily. 100:1 concentrate. Makes 25 gallons per quart.

Whether you are a professional window cleaning company or a do-it-yourselfer, we have every window cleaning option under the sun: Window Washing Supplies – Customer’s Favorites

Are We There Yet?

So now that the winter dust & grime is gone, the air is clean and the windows brilliantly light up your day, we’ll fill in the blanks with more chapters in our book (or blog) of things we think are important to a living a clean, happy life. Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Germs, mold, mildew, dumpster life … you get the picture.

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