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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 ...er...leaking 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. Alas...my husband has "borrowed" both sprayers...one 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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