A retired teacher emailed me about a
problem she was having with cats in her garden. The cats are digging
up all of the new plants she is putting in and pooping in the fresh
dirt. It would be one thing if they were her cats, but they are
not. So her question was what she can do to discourage the cats from
making a litter box out of her flower garden. We came across a
Messina a few years ago and they make Messina
. Most of the time when you use a repellent for cats
and dogs, it will smell bad. And the term "smelling bad",
doesn't even get close. But
Messina has come up with a
formula that is clear, odor free and nonpainful. To use
spray any area that cats are walking across to get to your garden.
Spray around your plants, not directly on your plants. Most
repellents have to be sprayed weekly, but
Messina will last
for 30 days. During the summer, if it gets up into the 100's, or we
get some serious summer storms, you might want to spray more often.
Messina also makes a wild animal control that includes moles,
deer, skunks, rabbits, squirrels, and armadillo. They also make a
moose repellant, in case that is a problem for you! HA. I also
suggested that if the cats were coming across the top of the fence to
Bye Bye Birdie. It's a sticky caulk that is used to
keep birds away. But cats will not like it on their paws and will
leave your yard alone. So if cats, dogs, or squirrels are causing
your grief use the
Messina to keep your yard pest free.
Now to the email…..
Question: I inherited a leather sofa
from a relative that smoked, and the sofa smells of smoke. We have
left it outside to air out, but the minute we bring it back into the
house the whole house begins to smell like cigarettes. So we haul it
back outside and leave it a few more days, but it doesn't seem to
help. I like this sofa, is there anything to do about the odor?
Answer: Since it is leather, it's a
little harder to treat. If you can get to the bottom of the sofa by
tuning if upside down, spray all the undercarriage of the sofa with
Bio Zapp. Anything that will absorb the Bio Zapp,
spray it completely. If you can remove the cushion stuffing, spray
that also. You just can not spray the leather. Clean all the
Leather Only. It is a great cleaner, and it will
make the sofa look new again. It did a wonderful job on the leather
chairs in my Dad's office. Then get two Air Sponges and put out in
the room where you are going to place the sofa. The
will grab the odors, and leave the air smelling faint of soap. Call
me if you have any other questions.
Question: I am in a home with cultured
marble on the countertops and in the shower. I am getting fading and
scum in both areas. I know from reading the articles that I cannot
use just anything. The manufacturer suggested using Scrubbing
Bubbles. So what do you think would be safe to use on both surfaces?
I am not planning on replacing either one because they are just
white and look fine except for these two problems.
Answer: The oldest product is
sometimes the best, and that goes for cultured marble. The
Gloss formula is a safe way to clean and polish
cultured marble. Shake the bottle well and apply directly to the
surface. Take a soft rag and spread on a thin coat letting dry to a
haze. Then buff to a shine. Using the
Gel Gloss every week
will provide protection and shine. You can use it on the walls of
the shower but NOT ON THE FLOOR. Use the
Granite Gold Daily
for the floor of the shower.
If you have large
mirrors, that are hard to clean without streaks, use No Streek also
made by Gel Gloss