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The Carpet Dance

Sunday, February 03, 2013

I have a very old wall-to-wall carpet in our main living space. When we put it down, I chose commercial carpeting, knowing it would be taking a beating...and it has. Through multiple pets, raising four children, constant traffic, renting our house out for 2.5 yrs, parties and oopsies...the carpet has held on.

Now I also have a very old dog. She is as sweet as she can be, but in her elder years, she is a little bit. Vet put her on antibiotics..twice...but it didn't quite do the trick. I have found natural tablets for bladder control that have helped alot...but there are still occasional spills.

All these years, I have been an avid spot cleaner. I tackle EVERY spill promptly and thoroughly. After our rental period, I thought the carpet was done for, but I purchased a steam cleaner and went to work...and it came out wonderfully well.

The carpet cleaner works great..when it works. Now the repair place is gone..and I can't find a repair/parts service. Now it won't put DOWN the water/soap...but it will pick it up.

I had an idea. I bought two different kinds of pump sprayers with the idea of mixing the soap and hot water solution, spraying it on the carpet and then using the steam cleaner to pick it all up. Seemed logical.

Today I decided that since I am home alone, it is sunny (thus easy to see) I would try cleaning one section of the rug that really was catching dirt badly. husband has "borrowed" both is full of something and the other is not to be found. OK. So..plan B. I filled a 1 gallon bottle with very hot water and the Oxyclean. I poured this on the carpet and then, using my bare feet, worked it in.

This has become my method of choice for spot cleaning...but this was a LOT more than just little spots. Think EXERCISE!!! The Carpet Dance got the soap solution worked in. Then I hauled out the steam cleaner and started 'vacuuming'. It worked very well. I went over the same areas over and over as long as it seemed to be picking up water...and then poured clear water over some of it and did some more pick up.

NOW I have a damp, but much cleaner looking area of rug. I have gotten up the old cleaners used to treat the spots..and the spots that were catching dirt. Is it perfect? Not hardly...but you would never guess how old my carpet is...especially today.

Now I am counting on the dry heat from the wood burning stove in that room to thoroughly dry things out. I am very pleased with my efforts...and sincerely hope I won't have sore shoulders from so much push/pull or sore legs from my prolonged carpet dance.
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    emoticon Love creativity!
    1682 days ago
    You're awesome, Mom! (My carpet needs lots of dancing on, too, haha.) emoticon
    1689 days ago
    You a certainly intrepid in your cleaning efforts! emoticon
    1691 days ago
    What a great idea!
    1691 days ago
    I read your story to my nephew who's line of work is carpet cleaning. He found it highly amusing and says he will never be able to look at another carpet without thinking of your word "carpet dancing". I have had wooden floors for nearly 20 yrs so I cant fully relate, but I have an avid imagination so the picture you painted gave me a big smile.
    I have to purchase a vacuum cleaner because my dogs sleep on my couch and its getting awfully dusty.
    1691 days ago
    Way to go Asta. Where theres a will, theres a way! Lots of exercise as well. emoticon
    1691 days ago
    Creative is the word. My goodness dear sure have a great imagination!

    1691 days ago
    That is so awesome!! I would have NEVER thought of something that creative. I know what your first job in paradise will be, carpet cleaning hehehe
    1692 days ago
    Very inventive sweetie!
    1692 days ago
  • DR1939
    Very creative.
    1692 days ago
    Very creative solution. I love how you turned a household chore into a whole heap of fun. I should try enlisting my children to do "The Carpet Dance". We have an area run in need of attention!
    1692 days ago
  • DEBBY4576
    Wow, you were certainly inventive. Congrats that it worked!!!! I need to clean mine too. Never thought of your tricks. I know hydrogen peroxide works too on really bad stains. I do my kitchen floor the way you did the carpet. It is a good workout, since I live in Arizona and have ALOT of tile. Not as good as your Carpet Dance tho haha.
    1692 days ago
    would have never thought of that...great job
    1692 days ago
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