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5 Cleaning Tips Every Dog Owner Must Know

By 4Knines Staff. | Dog Info Dog Health

Muddy paws, stained carpets, furry sofas, stinky floors. Every dog owner is familiar with at least a few of these messy crime scenes!

Cleaning Tips to Help Clear Dog Mess

During colder months, our dogs tend to spend a little more time inside. With more inside time, comes more messes. Luckily, there are several simple cleaning tips and tricks to that can help minimize the havoc your furry friends track into your home during the fall.

1. Clean Up Carpet Stains

Start by wiping up the initial mess with a paper towel. Make sure the area is dry before continuing to the next step. Mix about a teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with a cup of warm water. Pour the solution into a spray bottle, then spray the affected area. Let it sit for a few minutes, then wash the area dry with warm water.

2. Remove Scratches from Wood Flooring

Happy paws aren't always friendly to your wood flooring! This quick trick will be sure to save you some time and worry next time your pup accidentally scratches your wood floors or furniture. All you need is a walnut to fix wood scratches in a pinch. Just rub the walnut into the wood in a circular motion. Afterwards, use a soft piece of fabric or cloth to polish the area.

3. Neutralize Stinky Dog Odors

Does your home smell a little too much like your dog? A simple vinegar and water solution will do wonders! Fill a spray bottle halfway with water and halfway with vinegar. Spray the area and let it dry. The vinegar will help neutralize odors, instead of simply covering them up. This solution works on fabric, carpet, and hard surfaces.

4. Wipe Away Fur From Fabrics

Dog hair can collect just about anywhere: couches, car seats, carpets, bedding, you name it! One quick way to remove fur from fabrics requires only one tool: a rubber glove. Put on a rubber glove, then get it slightly damp. Use the glove to collect fur from fabrics and upholstery. If you're working with a lot of fur, try using a squeegee to collect the fur instead.

5. Use Covers to Protect Bedding and Upholstery

At the end of the day, many messes are inevitable. Long-haired dogs will shed, muddy paws will leave prints, and stinky odors will accumulate between baths. That's why the best solution to messes is prevention! Next time you take your dog on a visit to vet, park, or local trail, make sure you are using a durable 4Knines Car Seat Cover. These washable covers will prevent mud stains, claw marks, unwanted bugs, and dirt from finding permanent residency in your car. Back at home, make sure your dog is equipped with a washable 4Knines Dog Bed Cover to prevent odor, fur, and moisture from accumulating on your dog's bed. In fact, frequent washing of your dog bed cover can help reduce many dog odors in your home and keep your pup comfortable all year long. As rainy and snowy weather invites all kinds of new messes, it's important to take the right steps to prevent permanent doggie damage in your home and car. We hope you have a joyful (and mess-free) holiday season with your dog! Cleaning Tips and Dog Seat Covers: Cargo, Dog Bed Liner, Bed Cover: 30% Off Premium Seat Covers


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We liked the first cover so much that a few days later we purchased a second one. The cover installs very, very easily, fits and covers the rear seat and the back of the front seats of our Subaru Tribeca perfectly, has flaps that cover the door-side edges of the rear seat, and stays perfectly in place. Spilled or tracked water beads up on the material and can be easily wiped off. At first our dog did tend to slide just a little on the new cover, but he soon learned to stand, sit, and lay just as well as he did before on the uncovered seat. The hammock portion seems like it might provide some little bit of protection in a sudden stop (our guy will chew apart any "doggie seat belt" type of restraint in very short order - so that option is out of the question for us). As to keeping him out of the car front-area - well, our long-legged Standard Poodle has no problem in still looking closely out the front windshield by putting his front feet on the center console - straddling the hammock - with no problem whatsoever. But we did discover that having the hammock in place does allow us to safely keep his water bottle and dish, his leash, and an old towel on the floor under the hammock - where he can no longer get at them (especially the leash and towel) to chew on them. All in all, an excellent seat cover.


My furbabies don't like leather seats!!!! But they love this seat cover!!!

Very hard to find a split bench seat cover at a reasonable price, this one fit the bill. Easy to install, very durable and looks to be easy to clean. Wanted something that would protect the leather seats and was pet friendly (hate it when the material of regular seat covers snags toenails and collars). I don't think I will have to buy another for many years!!!

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My Doodle approves!

Received on time, fits great and easy to install. Color is a great match. So far, so good. Durability? Time will tell. It appears to be well constructed.

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Fits my 2018 VW Tiguan perfectly

Very happy with our purchase. Fits perfectly, was easy to install and keeps the leather seats in our brand new vehicle perfectly clean.

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This is actually a replacement for my original 4 knines cover which was 4 years old. I used it daily (bringing my pup to work with me) and washed it weekly, so the backing finally started to flake apart and come off. This newer version is easier to put over the headrests, great improvement in the strap and closures. Also the best improvement is the side flaps, the old cover didn't have these. These flaps help to catch the dirt from dogs feet when they are jumping up into the car, instead of it going on the side of the seat.

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This is my 2nd seat cover from 4knines and love them both. The product and service were both fantastic.


Repeat customer VERY satisfied.

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