Introduction: Carpet Cleaning
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With three dogs and two cats we have become very adept at cleaning carpets/area rugs at La Casa de RadBear. This is how we deal with cleaning our rugs when our furry friends attempt organic redecorating.
Step 1: Materials
- White vinegar
- Paper towels
- A spray bottle
Step 2: Blot
The key to successfully clening up a pet stain is to soak up as much of it as possible before you apply anything to it. I think blotting works best. WIping just spreads the problem around. So use paper towels to blot up as much as you can. If the accident occurred on an area rug, put paper towels under the rug as well as on the top. This will draw the pet mess out of the rug from both sides.
Step 3: Spray
Before you use the vinegar water on your carpert test it in an area no one will see to make sure it will not have an adverse reaction. I doubt it will, but better safe than sorry.
Once you're confident your rug will not be disfigured, completely wet the area where the pet mess in question was. Let it sit briefly and then blot up the vinegar water. Keep blotting until the majority of the vinegar water has been absorbed. When you have soaked up as much of the vinegar water as you can lay paper towels over the top of the area. This will alert family members to the damp area and let them avoid getting a vinegar laden sock. Let the area dry.
Step 4: Versatility
This method also works on vinyl flooring. Just wipe up the mess, spray the residue and wipe up the vinegar water.
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