The American Kennel Club has lent its name to a line of grooming and home products from Paramount Chemical Specialties, Inc., called American Kennel Club Gold. These products include grooming and bathing products, stain and odor removers, repellant sprays, carpet cleaners, hand sanitizers and more.
I tested two products from this line, the Professional Strength Stain & Odor Remover and the Dog Body Deodorizer & Dander Remover.
The stain remover is an enzyme-based formula for use on carpets, clothing, furniture … almost any fabric. It’s non-toxic and non-flammable. And you can use it on nearly any biological-based stain, such as grass, oil, juice, coffee and wine. The smell is reminiscent of Nature’s Miracle, which is also enzyme-based, although the AKC Gold product’s smell is not as strong. It’s a nice, clean smell. We had recently got a Shiloh Shepherd puppy, so I had plenty of opportunities to test it in the house (ahem!). It’s important to shake the bottle before using, so I did. I cleaned the stains using the manufacturer’s recommendations. After the spot dried, I actually got down on the floor and put my nose directly over it, taking in a long draught of air. I smelled nothing but a faint residue of the product. I also diluted it and put it in my Bissell Spot Bot carpet cleaner. It did a great job in both applications (although it’s hard to “shake” the product when it’s in a carpet machine). All in all, a good, effective carpet stain and odor product.
You can buy the products from the retailers listed on the manufacturer’s website, or through them via an Amazon storefront. I did not see the 20 oz. size that I used for our test, but the 32 oz. size is $10.99, a good value in my opinion.
The Dog Body Deodorizer & Dander Remover is a 16 oz spray that you spray directly on your dog, carpets, clothing, upholstery, dog bedding and furniture to remove odors. Dander is made up of skin cells that the dog sheds as new skin takes the place of old, plus dried flakes of saliva. Most dog shed a layer of skin every 21 days, but some, like West Highland White Terriers and Irish Setters (which I have), shed their coats every 4 days.
I’m always leery of products that advertise “removes pet dander” and then tell you to just spray it on. How does that remove dander? This one, however, seems to be formulated by people who know what dander is. They recommend you spray it on and wipe off if you’re trying to remove dander. Worked well with my flaky Irish boy. It attracts dander, wipes away clean, and leaves a clean, fresh scent that’s not too strong for sensitive noses. Worked great on his crate mat and pet bed, too. A 16-oz pump spray bottle for $8 is a good value for cost compared to other products out there.
These products are both winners in my view. To learn more, visit http://www.akcgold.com.