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Old 10-13-2012, 14:15   #1
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How do you you remove carpet stains?

My dog got sick yesterday and threw up a few times. I was able to get the majority out, but there is still a discoloration. How does everyone get stains out of their carpet?
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Old 10-13-2012, 14:26   #2
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Damn, I came in here thinking I was aiding in a murder cover up.

Spot shot, DAB do not rub the stain at first. Lots of soapy water.
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Old 10-13-2012, 14:32   #3
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Steam cleaner works great. Rug Doctor? That's always worked the best for me. I probably wouldn't rent one to do just one spot though. I'd go ahead and do the whole house, or maybe the vehicles. Soap, water, and a shop vac is another option that works pretty good.
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Old 10-13-2012, 14:32   #4
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Old 10-13-2012, 14:33   #5
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Lol, not this time

Is Spot shot a product?
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Old 10-13-2012, 14:34   #6
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Has anyone tried that little cleaner machine they sell on tv?

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Old 10-13-2012, 14:36   #7
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Steam cleaner works great. Rug Doctor? That's always worked the best for me. I probably wouldn't rent one to do just one spot though. I'd go ahead and do the whole house, or maybe the vehicles. Soap, water, and a shop vac is another option that works pretty good.
Well, it's like 4 spots, but still may not be worth the price. My moms got a shop vac. Guess I'll try that.


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Vinegar works great. Add a tiny (as in a drop) of dish soap. Rinse & repeat the rinse. If you leave the soap, it will attract dirt.
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Old 10-13-2012, 14:43   #9
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Shop vac works great. Hot soapy water, vac, hot soapy water, vac, Spot Shot, vac, hot clean water, vac.
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Old 10-13-2012, 14:43   #10
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There was a black & decker handheld steam vacuum that was amazing! It probably worked too well, so they don't sell it anymore. Now, it's just scrubbing in some Resolve and a floor steamer. My long term plan, keep the pets, get rid of the carpets. :-)
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Old 10-13-2012, 14:49   #11
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Vinegar works great. Add a tiny (as in a drop) of dish soap. Rinse & repeat the rinse. If you leave the soap, it will attract dirt.
I always use hot water with soap and I never seem to get all the soap up. It'll look good then start foaming if I scrub more. Maybe I put too much. I'll try the vinegar and if that fails, I'll get the shop vac. Do you use all vinegar or add it into the water?
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There was a black & decker handheld steam vacuum that was amazing! It probably worked too well, so they don't sell it anymore. Now, it's just scrubbing in some Resolve and a floor steamer. My long term plan, keep the pets, get rid of the carpets. :-)
I like my carpet. :(
Buut, I love my dog. When my fiancé and I were looking for a home she was insistent (along with her entire family) on no carpet because they've always had dogs. But I wanted it, so she said I have to clean it.
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Either way. Depends on how bad the stain is I guess. I keep a small spray bottle of about 50/50 water/vinegar but if I thought that wouldn't do the trick, I may use it stronger.

Yes, the soap can be counter-productive if you can't get it all out. Again, a drop in maybe a quart of water. Start with the water with soap and then go to the vinegar. It's OK to leave the vinegar in your carpets.
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If you have pets and carpet, you need one of these:

The Okie Corral
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If you have pets and carpet, you need one of these:

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How much would one of those run?
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Old 10-13-2012, 15:16   #16
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We have a steam cleaner that we got from Sams Club.

However I've found most stains come out with a warm cloth and Shout (laundry stain remover). Even when I use a steam cleaner, I pre-treat the stains with Shout.
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Lol, not this time

Is Spot shot a product?
http://www.spotshot.com/
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Man, I forgot how much I love vinegar. I used to use it for everything and got away from it for some reason. I just cleaned all 4 spots and I'm pretty sure they are okay now. I'll just have to wait until they are completely dry to be sure. Thanks everyone!
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Man, I forgot how much I love vinegar. I used to use it for everything and got away from it for some reason. I just cleaned all 4 spots and I'm pretty sure they are okay now. I'll just have to wait until they are completely dry to be sure. Thanks everyone!
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Old 10-13-2012, 15:55   #20
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I am lazy. I never figured out how to clean carpet.

I ripped every shred of it out of my house and installed hard surface flooring everywhere.

10,000 x easier to maintain.

Edit: For my wife, there are small throw rugs in strategic places. In the bedroom near the bed so she can step on that before putting on her slippers. In the bathroom. When they get dirty, we throw them in the washer. When they get NASTY, we throw them away.
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Old 10-13-2012, 15:56   #21
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"Trust me"…said the spider to the fly
Sooo, is my carpet about to explode?
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Old 10-13-2012, 15:58   #22
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I am lazy. I never figured out how to clean carpet.

I ripped every shred of it out of my house and installed hard surface flooring everywhere.

10,000 x easier to maintain.
I'm with ya on the lazy part, I just hate having little bits of stuff stuck to my feet. But there comes a double edged sword. The carpet knocks the stuff off... into the carpet. But, I'd rather vacuum than sweep.
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+1 on the NO RUBBING!

50/50 laundry detergent and water. pour liberally onto stain, press clean rag into puddle after it soaks in to lift out the stain.

I was surprised how well it worked! Saved me at least one college apartment security deposit.

* have no experience concerning the issues of soap residue though.. so use at your own risk.
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Old 10-13-2012, 16:13   #24
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+1 on the NO RUBBING!

50/50 laundry detergent and water. pour liberally onto stain, press clean rag into puddle after it soaks in to lift out the stain.

I was surprised how well it worked! Saved me at least one college apartment security deposit.

* have no experience concerning the issues of soap residue though.. so use at your own risk.
I was about to ask about the amount when you edited. It seems like a lot of soap. I'm pretty sure the vinegar worked, so I'll probably stick with that.

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+1 on the NO RUBBING!

50/50 laundry detergent and water. pour liberally onto stain, press clean rag into puddle after it soaks in to lift out the stain.

I was surprised how well it worked! Saved me at least one college apartment security deposit.

* have no experience concerning the issues of soap residue though.. so use at your own risk.



BTW Spotshot gets spots out but it leaves an oily residue that attracts soil also.
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