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    • QuiteConfused
    • By QuiteConfused 2nd Mar 17, 9:56 PM
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    Muddy paws
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    Muddy paws 2nd Mar 17 at 9:56 PM
    I have a springer spaniel and white bed sheets - 2 things that don't go together!! I am currently renovating my flat and the doors that are currently in, she can open so I can't shut her out of the bedroom. I have a throw to protect the worst but there are still muddy paw prints that don't come out properly in the wash. Does anyone have a tIps on how to get my sheets white in the wash? TIA
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    • krlyr
    • By krlyr 3rd Mar 17, 8:30 AM
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    Not sure on the sheets, other than perhaps Vanish or something else bleach-y. But for the paws, how about investing in a 'Paw Plunger', or training her to sit and have her paws washed at the door when she comes in?
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    Cotton dirt trapper rugs help in this household too - Splendid Pets do some reasonably priced ones, cheaper than the turtle mats.
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    • By Pop Up Pirate 3rd Mar 17, 8:43 AM
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    Bleach.
    Use it all the time in my washer,
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    I have been teaching my puppy to wipe his feet when he comes in from outside, he has to walk around in circles 2 or 3 times on the dirt catcher door mat, this seems to do a pretty good job of keeping muddy paws out of the house.
    As for cleaning the sheets, you could try rubbing a little bit of washing up liquid into the stains just before putting sheets into the washing machine, I find this works well for lots of different stains.
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    • By Katiehound 3rd Mar 17, 11:37 AM
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    You might try Ariel Actilift, I find that gets a lot of stains out, particularly if you can soak in it first..

    I also have diirt trapper runners- but the carpets still get the odd foot print!
    Look at Watson Dirt Trapper mats- they might come up cheaper than Turtle
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    • By CassieKeith123 3rd Mar 17, 2:49 PM
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    Yes, the obvious choice could be bleach.

    However, we've used Stain Devil for similar things before and it worked great for us.

    Is there no way you could put an obstacle on the way, so she can't get in (i.e. door stop)?
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    • By sheramber 3rd Mar 17, 5:21 PM
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    I wash my bedding at 60 degrees with Persil colour bio and the muddy footprints come out no bother.
    • QuiteConfused
    • By QuiteConfused 6th Mar 17, 12:34 PM
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    • 6th Mar 17, 12:34 PM
    Thankso for all your responses. She does have her feet wiped when she comes in but being a spaniel who is outside 8 hours per day, in this weather the mud get really deep into her and she'd need a daily bath to actually be clean! Given that she's outside all the time this isn't an option as her coat wouldn't be able to protect her with all the oils stripped!

    I've tried barricades but she's determined! Once I get the doors replaced I'll be able to close them properly (she hasn't yet learnt how to open door handles!) Which will help enormously. I bought some vanish platinum over the weekend so I'll try soaking and washing with that - thanks for all you tips! Plenty for me to work through :-)
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 6th Mar 17, 7:57 PM
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    Persil and a cap full of washing soda on a 60oC wash should get sheets clean. If pure cotton, and not fitted, a hotter wash

    When I had cocker spaniels, I used thinner duvets and heavier (dark ) throws
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    • By Feral Moon 13th Mar 17, 2:25 PM
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    Not sure on the sheets, other than perhaps Vanish or something else bleach-y. But for the paws, how about investing in a 'Paw Plunger', or training her to sit and have her paws washed at the door when she comes in?
    Originally posted by krlyr
    This is what I do. Paws are wiped clean when coming in from the garden and if we've been out on a muddy walk then he's showered down and wrapped up in his drying coat before being allowed on sofa/beds.
    • Jacko_amz
    • By Jacko_amz 18th Mar 17, 10:19 AM
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    I also have a springer spaniel and have the same problem! I find i buy darker duvet covers throws etc.

    I wipe his feet when we have come in and i can see he is muddy, I might have a look at these mats people have mentioned
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