|Barked: Fri Aug 12, '11 8:19am PST |
|So, I was cleaning out the dog house today and found out that some mildew and/or mold has grown on the bottom in the inside on the wood. I have the inside completely stained. This is a first, and I know why. Because of the heat, the dogs have been getting hosed down. Kato is in love with his dog house and would go in their soaking wet even in the heat. Wet + heat + inside a dog house = BAD!
I've got all the beds and stuff in the washer now. But I'm having problems with 2 things. I've been doing online searches, but there's so many results my head is spinning. If anyone knows of another more specific forum or website, please feel free to link me to it!
The main problem is the growth on the wood. I'm not 100% sure how to get it off without damaging the wood. I've read something about salt and lemon juice...but that was more for like movable objects and you had to set it out in the sun to dry...I don't know, but I can not move this dog house. I have the roof opened up to help circulate the air and dry it out.
My second problem is the beds. I have the outer covers in the washer, but the main portion of it, that egg crate type foam, is dirty. I'm not sure if it is just dirt or mold/mildew. I'm not sure how to clean these things! Soaked them in water and squeezed them out, but they still seem kind of dirty.
I'm just not sure what to use that won't damage it or what to use that won't cause harm to the dogs via lingering within the dog house while they sleep.
Also, I'm trying to find ways to prevent this from happening again in terms of things I could possibly spray on the wood. This is a fast growing mold. It only takes like 48 hours, so cleaning every 2 days is a big hassle.
Also, any ideas on possibly making the beds a little more waterproof. Maybe like some plastic on the inside or something? I splurged and bought them these new beds, so I've never dealt with this material before. I've never had a bed soak up so much dirt!
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