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AH1OZ
05-15-2009, 10:12 AM
i thought of this after the other dog hair cleaning post

but i have a different problem:

CARPET!

the people who lived in my house before me had 4 cats and an elderly dog... and there are many stains on my carpet...

i have tried MANY different carpet cleaners (prosolve, resolve, lots of scrubbing)

but nothing is working... they have helped... but they are still noticable (didn't notice them when we bought the house cause there were area rugs everywhere and we were considering putting hardwood down - but that hasnt happened yet)

also, from years and years of animals there is so much dog hair embedded in this carpet that my vacuum gets clogged (where the beater bar is)

so any tips to help get the animal hair UP (i also have 2 dogs - used to have 3 until recently) so the hair just keeps collecting

my vacuum works wonders but it is a pain to have to pull clogs out of my vacuum!

Arielluria
05-15-2009, 10:22 AM
For dog hair on carpet I recommend the Sweepa (http://www.asseenontv.com/prod-pages/sweepa.html), it has tiny plastic teeth that really gets stuff out of carpet. I use it at Christmas time to pick up the tree's needles, vacumming leaves lots of them in the carpet and this gets them TOTALLY out.

Carpet stain-wise, I can recommend a couple of things since I have 5 dogs and have also fostered dogs in the past.

Urinegone (http://www.urinegone.com/) is great, I've seen it make stains that were under the couch for goodness knows how long (found it when I moved the couch) right before my eyes. I now buy it by the gallon under the name of Nature's Miracle (http://www.amazon.com/Natures-Miracle-Stain-Remover-Gallon/dp/B000R5B2GE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1242397182&sr=8-1) from Amazon.com. After some online research DH found that the stuff in the latter is the same as the former.

I too rented a house with badly stained carpets - some stains just WON'T come up no matter what you use, but those are your best bets. Also, if you're using a big carpet sweeper like a Bissell, I recommend wetting the area first with just water cycle, then switching to the heavy traffic cycle and also letting the solution sink in a couple of minutes before you suck it up.

Good luck!

Luvmyrottnboy
05-15-2009, 11:26 AM
For dog hair on carpet I recommend the Sweepa (http://www.asseenontv.com/prod-pages/sweepa.html), it has tiny plastic teeth that really gets stuff out of carpet. I use it at Christmas time to pick up the tree's needles, vacumming leaves lots of them in the carpet and this gets them TOTALLY out.

Carpet stain-wise, I can recommend a couple of things since I have 5 dogs and have also fostered dogs in the past.

Urinegone (http://www.urinegone.com/) is great, I've seen it make stains that were under the couch for goodness knows how long (found it when I moved the couch) right before my eyes. I now buy it by the gallon under the name of Nature's Miracle (http://www.amazon.com/Natures-Miracle-Stain-Remover-Gallon/dp/B000R5B2GE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1242397182&sr=8-1) from Amazon.com. After some online research DH found that the stuff in the latter is the same as the former.

I too rented a house with badly stained carpets - some stains just WON'T come up no matter what you use, but those are your best bets. Also, if you're using a big carpet sweeper like a Bissell, I recommend wetting the area first with just water cycle, then switching to the heavy traffic cycle and also letting the solution sink in a couple of minutes before you suck it up.

Good luck!



Argh! I have just put a "sweepa" in my cart and I am heading back over to buy more stuff!

Thanks for the tip though:)

saracidaltendencies
05-15-2009, 11:43 AM
I recommend getting rid of the carpet, that worked the BEST for me :teehee:

Honestly, I do NOT like carpeting...Possibly I would if I didn't have kids and so many pets but they are way too difficult to keep clean...the carpets that is...well, the kids and pets too. :teehee: When I had carpeting it drove me crazy because no matter what I did to remove stains, the carpet always looked dirty.

When our Mastiff was a puppy and we were housebreaking her, she had a HORRIBLE accident in the house...No need for description as it was really nasty...lol...Anyway, it was so bad that I decided that was it, no more carpeting. I tried everything to get that nasty stain out but nothing worked. In addition, my son was crawling at the time and I didn't want him crawling all over that spot or lying down on it because it was totally absorbed into the padding as well.

So yeah, I ripped up the whole thing a few years ago...We had to go about a month or 2 with the ugly plywood that was underneath the carpet, until we got our tax return and could afford to have a new floor put in, but man, it was SO worth it!

We have a vinyl floor in the family room now that looks like a hardwood floor. It's really easy to keep clean, just vacuum and mop it and it looks great! MUCH easier to maintain than that stupid carpet...lol

AH1OZ
05-15-2009, 11:54 AM
I recommend getting rid of the carpet, that worked the BEST for me :teehee:


i hate carpet too... but we will be moving soon (as soon s we get an ok from laywers) so there is no point in investing money now

Arielluria
05-15-2009, 12:30 PM
DH was set on carpeting but after all these dogs he too wants to get tile throughout house in future. The sprays will still be necessary to remove any smells from a dog marking his territory or having an accident.

Jan in CA
05-15-2009, 01:21 PM
Spot Shot (http://www.spotshot.com/). Best stuff ever! It can't remove ALL old stains, but it does an amazing job. It is only for spots though, not a whole carpet. It's the only carpet stain remove I use now.

ETA: I use the one in the blue can, but I see there are other types, too. I don't have experience with those though.

hookedonknitting
05-15-2009, 01:54 PM
My mom bought a house with a similar problem. She had it professionally cleaned many time but nothing seemed to work- even natures miracle ( that stuff is great!). The problem was that th underlay could not be cleaned ( foam and all) and so the clean carpet pulled the stains from the underlay. She eventually had to replace the underlay and carpet.... Good luck! I will keep reading to see if anyone has some miracle cures for my cat!! :)

Sknitter56
05-15-2009, 07:41 PM
After a horrible asthma attack that put me in the hospital a few years ago, my husband and I ripped up every ounce of carpet in our home and put ceramic tile down. We did it ourselves and it took us over a year! We're both older and work full time so we would work a little each night and some on the weekends until we finally got it all done. Now, even though we have two big shedding dogs, I breathe a lot easier. I vacuum EVERY day when we come home from work. It's become a habit. One of my dogs is solid black and our tile is a neutral off white, so every hair shows. But, even though it's a lot of work, I'd never get carpet ever again. But, I do wish we'd gone with the laminate hardwood, but it's way to late to change it now.

kellyh57
05-17-2009, 03:02 PM
What about lipstick? My house has carpet in our bathroom. Dumb and very ugly, but we're not ready to tile it yet. (It came with the house.) My son put lipstick on the floor- TWICE! He gets it on his fingers and cleans it off on the carpet. I cannot get it out! I've tried spot shot and a few other cleaners, but there's still spots. It's lighter and going away, but it's still there and it drives me nuts to see it every day!

Arielluria
05-18-2009, 10:27 AM
See if any of these tips help: Lipstick Stain Removal (http://www.essortment.com/home/removelipstick_smee.htm)

For some reason I have baking soda toothpaste as a tip in the back of my mind, but try it in a hidden spot first, you want to make sure it doesn't give you a big noticeable clean spot in the area.