But don't grab the nylon netting just yet. Perhaps pointing up the nature of the problem, Heloise reports that she's not received a single letter about death-scene cleanup since she took over writing the column in 1977. "I really don't have any expertise in this particular area," she confesses during a recent telephone interview from her San Antonio hints bunker.
But after rifling through her encyclopedic memory bank, the "nation's dragon slayer of household tasks" quickly offers solutions to several small-scale domestic dilemmas that roughly approximate the technology used in death-scene cleanups. Odor removal is odor removal, whether the stench is emanating from body fluids or from pet urine that has permeated a carpet. Heloise suggests pulling up the carpet, removing the backing and, if necessary, treating the floor underneath with a sealer.
Blood-splattered walls and carpet? Comparing that problem to the inevitable mess after a dog or cat has given birth in a closet or under a bed, she recommends one of the new enzyme-based cleaners that "for lack of a better term, like Pac-Man, eat up the protein." And for household-tip traditionalists, there's always the tried-and-true. Says the berhintster, "Hydrogen peroxide is wonderful to remove bloodstains.