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Mar092016

carpet stains

"Get a new puppy!" they said.  "It will be fun!" they said.   Because of all this fun, I now know everything about how to clean a carpet.  

Before I let you in on my secrets to carpet cleaning~let's have some fun teaching them how to go outdoors in the first place! Get a cool bell and hang it from one specific door.

Everytime you notice them sniffing the floor ~immediately pick them up and take them to the door with the bell.  Say your key word (ours is: OUTSIDE) and take their paw, ring the bell & put them outside.  

Do this a million times (see how fun this is!) but it will work.  

Here's our puppy trying it out:

 

While you're working on that, ~ and the one time you take your eye off her & she explodes all over your carpet (remember this is fun) ~ you'll need to know how to clean up the mess.  here is my secret carpet cleaning solution. Hydrogen Peroxide.

Let me explain:

I'm guilty of buying whatever carpet cleaning solution smells the best, spraying it on everything and hoping for the best.    Hard wood floors, linoleum, synthetic carpet, even.....WOOL!   Until I learned that most surfaces can handle those cleaners......EXCEPT wool!   It turns the stain an even brighter shade of yellow.   (More of the fun we've been talking about!)

I found this out the hard way.  Notice mess.  Blot it up.  Scold dog.  Spray something-anything to get the urine smell out. Blot more. Silently curse my decision to buy a white wool carpet which is now a patchwork of bright yellow stains.  Repeat.this phot was taken during the cleaning process. You can still make out the yellow outline of the "bleach" stain from the commercial carpet cleaning solution.

One cannot live like this.  After my husband moved a chair over it, nevermind that it was in the middle of the walkway, I decided to do a little research.  Most people recommend vinegar+baking soda concoction.  Which did nothing if not made it slightly worse.  Someone at the bottom of some thread of comments on some carpet cleaning forum mentioned hydrogen peroxide.  We have cleaned our couch with hydrogen peroxide for years.  Why not wool?  I tried it on a tiny patch and it literally worked in seconds.   Yellow stain GONE.  (I even used it on our SILK carpet which is tan, and it did not stain it white, it just cleans it so you never knew it was there.  No stain, no smell.  Just Magic.)

Seriously people. No scrub brushes, vinegar, baking soda, soda water, ammonia, expensive cleaners.  Only the simple brown bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide.  Did you know you can also gargle with it to get rid of a sore throat?

Don't let the scary brown bottle fool you.  It's magic!


xoxo

SPECIFIC STEPS I USED: 

FOR NEW SPOTS:  1.WITH CLEAN DRY RAGS, BLOT URINE STAIN UNTIL NO MORE URINE COMES OFF ONTO TOWEL.  2. LIGHTLY SOAK AN ABSORBANT RAG IN UNDILUTED HYDROGEN PEROXIDE.  3.BLOT STAIN ENOUGH TO FEEL DAMP BUT NOT SOAKING. 4. DO NOT RUB. 5. LET STAND ONE HOUR.  6.BLOT DRY WITH A CLEAN ABSORBANT RAG.  

FOR OLDER STAINS OR YELLOWED WOOL CARPET STAINS: FOLLOW STEPS 2-6 BUT YOU CAN COAT RAG LIBERALLY WITH THE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE.   KEEP REPEATING UNTIL STAIN IS GONE!  

SMILE AND CUDDLE WITH YOUR CUTEST DOG IN THE WORLD!

 

Reader Comments (1)

Amazing! I cannot wait to try it out~ thank you!

March 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

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