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    All this cold is getting on my nerves, and the hair sticking to the wet floors is getting on my nerves, and my van not being immaculate like it was in the summer is getting on my nerves, and now that the novacaine in my gums is wearing off there's pain in my nerves, lol.

    I was wondering what everyone does, if anything, to spring clean their van.

    Has anyone ever had the van detailed by professionals and if so, how expensive was it?

    It is almost spring, isn't it?
    don't find yourself up a creek without a poodle.

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    I have to get EVERY hair out of my trailer for the Phila. Pet expo, so.... I soon will be washing and waxing and sucking and blowing. UGH. Thank god I can do it in my dad's garage if it is too cold. We just spent 5 hours digging my trailer out. I am so tired and I think I am getting sick.
    If your dog is fat, you are not getting enough exercise!

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    • #3
      I feel your pain. but i wanted to let you know that i did get my van detailed and it was 100 bucks. he didn't clean the grooming area, i just don't trust anyone in there, BUT one major problem was he was stupid and sprayed the inside of the floor with a power washer...although it was sparkling clean the whole underneith of the floor was wet and it messed up my keyless entry autostart alarm. it was fine once it dried out but how dumb can you be but i guess alot of detailers do that, not sure why but not good on the electronics. so be careful, and tell them not to spray down the inside.

      rose

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      • #4
        cleaning van

        I know! I hate being in my van when it is soooooo hairy! The one thing I go is wait till the walls are really dry, then I get a tooth brush and the vacume, and I brush the seams while vacuming over the area I am working on. Seems to pull alot of the hair right out! That is my biggest problem, I hate how hair gets in there! I also use q-tips to clean the seams. I am a weirdo.

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        • #5
          wash down

          Shop vac makes wet pick up type squeegy attachments at least it wont be wet and turn to ice if you pick up all the water while your cleaning.I usually run an extra length of hose from the tub water hose with a garden sprayer in one hand and the shop vac hose in the other.Spraying a hot water mist and picking up the water as I go after I wash the inside down with a cleaner. Cleaning sucks unless some one ells is doing it. Preventing the build up of moisture while your grooming cuts down a lot on cleaning time later and the dogs dry faster.Crack a vent and turn up the heat when you see moisture collecting on the windows.

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          • #6
            Winter Blues Spring cleaning

            I run a dehumidifier on really cold days as it removes excess moisture as well as provides great heat,better than the heat strips.It does such a great job the air is so dry it causes static so I use static gaurd all over on my combs and brushes,ect. Dry hair is a snap to clean up and it really helps in that area as well,I also have a marine d/c exhaust fan that really pulls the moist air out for those not to hot or cold days.

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            • #7
              Special eraser type sponges

              Mr. clean type erasers from QVC box full different sizes, and a good buy. Vacuum. It IS like Spring here, but I still put off cleaning. I need a new floor. Qwik stop stains everything! I have tried everthing on floor...stains remain. Porus..told not to wax or it will be slippery. I even used electric snder, as color goes deep layers... nuttin. Need .new floor and base boards. ceiling looks great w/ insulation marine vinyl.Few cracks in wilsonart formicas when stool ran into wall...forgot to hook back up. Tub rubbed raw by Hydro-surge. Still nice looking vasn...believe it or not...Clean inspires me.I love turquoise so it is creme white w/ turquoise vinyl accents. Cheerful.

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              • #8
                Well, I have a shop not a van and I am getting the Spring Cleaning itchies too...lol... I have started w/the closets in my shop and have rearranged the grooming room so I could get the base boards and walls. Next will come the paint and floor scrubber. Outside I will be hitting w/a pressure cleaner (that will have to wait till it warms up) and putting in flowers. I can't wait!! The outside looks soo plane jane after Christmas. I think I might do some cute stencils by my stairs this year. Little butterflies, flowers and doggie paws. What do you think?
                SheilaB from SC

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                • #9
                  Maybe...

                  Originally posted by puppyluv View Post
                  I know! I hate being in my van when it is soooooo hairy! The one thing I go is wait till the walls are really dry, then I get a tooth brush and the vacume, and I brush the seams while vacuming over the area I am working on. Seems to pull alot of the hair right out! That is my biggest problem, I hate how hair gets in there! I also use q-tips to clean the seams. I am a weirdo.

                  Could you fill the seams with bathroom caulk so you don't have that problem?

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                  • #10
                    cleaning van

                    my 17 yr old son cleans the van for me every sunday;walls,floor tub,fan,air cond etc. but every so often i clean it with him and clean everything with a steam cleaner that makes it look like new again,first i spray simple green and then i use the dryer to get in between all the seams and everything,then i get the steam cleaner and spray everything with it again then my son cleans right behind me by areas or sections from the top down it takes us around 3 to 4 hrs but it's worth it because it looks so nice the only thing is i dont want to use it and get it dirty because it looks so nice. i got the steam cleaner from HSN or QVC and i only use it for the van; i also had a guy quote me 150 dollars to clean it inside and out it may be worth it but i like things done a certain way so i just do it myself (and my son)that is.

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                    • #11
                      Yessssss, I can't wait for spring. I am so sick of the salt too. My van looks so pitiful right now, i am so ready for a hot soapy rinse on the outside and a great detail on the inside. I tried to do a quick detail inside because I had a new customer who wanted to see it. But I really need a good one.

                      One thing that drives me nuts is that the table I have is bolted to the floor and not easily removable. Atleast not for just routine cleanings. So I always have to clean around the legs and it is such a pain. I can't hardly reach the wall behind it either, which really sucks because with HV drying I get skin goop and hair stuck to it. I really want that wall to be sparkling white, but it's hard to keep up with.

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                      • #12
                        Qvc/hsn

                        I'm so glad i'm not the only one. LOL i love those two channels. anyway i didn't know they had a ton of the mr clean's i'm going to have to go check it out. But one question. I was wondering why my air conditioner drips on me when it gets really misty in there, so what type of dehumidifyer to do you have and how big. I have a pet pro so where do you all put them? i kinda like the steam on the windows...so when i have to pee i just go not shower curtain over the windows

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Doggone View Post
                          I run a dehumidifier on really cold days as it removes excess moisture as well as provides great heat,better than the heat strips.It does such a great job the air is so dry it causes static so I use static gaurd all over on my combs and brushes,ect. Dry hair is a snap to clean up and it really helps in that area as well,I also have a marine d/c exhaust fan that really pulls the moist air out for those not to hot or cold days.
                          Doggone, thanks for posting. I am considering a dehumid. too. WHERE do you put it that it doesn't fall or break?

                          I am about sick of this cold too!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Crystal View Post
                            Yessssss, I can't wait for spring. I am so sick of the salt too. My van looks so pitiful right now, i am so ready for a hot soapy rinse on the outside and a great detail on the inside. I tried to do a quick detail inside because I had a new customer who wanted to see it. But I really need a good one.

                            One thing that drives me nuts is that the table I have is bolted to the floor and not easily removable. Atleast not for just routine cleanings. So I always have to clean around the legs and it is such a pain. I can't hardly reach the wall behind it either, which really sucks because with HV drying I get skin goop and hair stuck to it. I really want that wall to be sparkling white, but it's hard to keep up with.
                            spray some downey on the wall. then most of the stuff will fall off when the walls dry. I have not been doing the end of day cleaning and found it is much easier to get everything clean in the morning when the heat has dried everything out it falls to the floor and I just vacuum and then a quick blow of everything with my HV. Saves so much time and elbow grease.
                            If your dog is fat, you are not getting enough exercise!

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                            • #15
                              Occasional deep clean...

                              My trailer is coated in waterproof liner halfway up the walls, and over the tub surrounding walls and the shelf above it. I just clear out my equipment, and hoser' down! I usually follow up with a big, fat sponge scrubbing (or magic eraser) with soapy water (usually dawn or ..... grimeinator). I have a huge squeegee on a pole that I use to remove most of the water, then follow up with a towel. Once dry, I will wipe down with Armor-all wipes. The trailer walls portions not covered with the liner are not hosed, but wiped clean by hand. I will finish those with windex. On a daily basis, if there is moist hair all over, I use my hv to dry it up, after wiping wet floors with a towel. Once the hair is dry, I can use a hand broom to sweep it off the walls and a regular broom to sweep it off the floors. I can then spray my disinfectanct all over and wipe off. I have been told my trailer is "immaculate" several times, even though I know there is a little hair in corners, etc. I just love that people notice that hard work I put into keeping things tidy and sanitary!

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