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

In our rug cleaning arsenal are the following items that you can find just about anywhere:

  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Paper towels
  • A spray bottle

Yeah all we use is diluted vinegar. We use a one to one ratio of vinegar to water. Just fill the spray bottle up half way with water, then top it off with vinegar. Mix well. This is what the folks who cleaned my parents carpets recommended. We found out the hard way that commercially available products leave this nasty residue that actually makes more dirt stick to it. This sort of defeats the whole purpose of cleaning the rug in my opinion. The vinegar has the added benefit of covering any residual smells. One reason pets pee on rugs is they smell the urine from an earlier accident or another animal. In their brains this means it is a prime bladder emptying station.

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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    6 years ago on Introduction

    I've used a variety of different rug cleaners, they're very expensive and don't always work on my carpets but the white vinegar does the trick on most stains and definitely removes oders.

    I've found that newspaper soaks up any extra liquid- and dries the rug a lot quicker and saves you from using so many paper towels. I would be careful if you have a light coloured rug- but it works for my dark carpets.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    This method works on my carpet too. One steam cleaning soap I used left a yellow residue. I loaded up my steam cleaner with vinegar and water. It removed the stains left by the soap. It is great on pet stains and smells.

    Vinegar doesn't always remove red stains on my carpet. Probably because I have thick, shaggy carpet. I used a wet towel and an iron for those stains. I have light carpeting. I don't know how the iron method would affect dark carpeting.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Dishsoap works great, Shampoo carpets with water and a little dishsoap (any kind) cleans carpet, kills fleas, gets rid of stains, you name it. It makes home smell great too. If its just a little spot get a wet rag, put a couple drops of dish soap on it , rub spot, get a dry rag and put over spot, stand on it to soak up any water left and boom done.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Lovely. Your floor receiving the cat-puke is most likely some kind of vinyl, it won't be Formica. L

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    You're right. How embarassing. I'll fix that...right now. Must of been low on caffeine.