Remember my very sad post where I posted a disgusting picture of my badly stained rug and was begging for help with carpet cleaning suggestions? Lucky had a stressful time with our foster pups and decided to take out his frustration on the ONLY rug in my house that I actually care about.
I have to thank everyone for your fantastic advice! You all really helped me and it was so kind of you to take the time! For those who missed it, here is the rug in its nasty state.
I believe that by initially using Resolve and dish soap (a bad move used in a panic) on the stain, that I actually likely made it worse. I listened to everyone’s comments and went out to find Folex. I was uncertain about vinegar because some said to use it and some said not to. Anyway, my store did not carry Folex or Nature’s Miracle. I instead purchased Woolite Instaclean. One of my readers had recommended it and I liked the look of the little scrubbing brush. Plus, the dog kind of resembles Harper!
I soaked the stain with it and let in sit overnight. I then soaked it up by pressing down a paper towel onto the wet spot and re-applied. It has totally dried now and I am pretty happy with the result. It depends on the light and from some angles the stain looks better than others. Luckily the rug has a natural nap to it that already creates a lighter and darker look.
I do think it can still be improved and I’ll order the Nature’s Miracle or Folex online and try those. I know that sending it to a cleaner is likely the best option but I just don’t have the time/effort/money to do it right now. I have since put up a gate so the dogs can no longer go into my living room and wreak havoc or my dining room and leave me a lovely surprise!
Looks good…….we have lot’s of dogs, and over the years lot’s of presents…..cats too. Rosolve for pets has worked great for us……..that is what I use on rugs……no rugs now, just hardwoods and a couple throw rugs…….I was wondering the outcome. baby gates are life savers…….Thanks, gloria g. Wellborn, FL
Thanks, Gloria! Yes, we are basically rug free except in a few rooms and (of course) he chose the rug! Baby gates are definitely a life saver!
You can order Folexrom Amazon. It will take that stain out!
Awesome – ordering now!
Suzanne, Im sure you want to be done already, and you will be, but I think the more you work at it and keep blotting up, the more improvement will be seen. And I also believe that white Terry cloth pressed hard to get as much as possible would perform better than paper towels–no scientific evidence for this but clean white absorbent cloths are usually recommended for blotting up stains. You can oxyclean the towels later. Ive been thinking about you, too, and wondering! Best, Louise
Thank you, Louise! I shall keep at it and hopefully it will get better! Great tip on the terry cloth and thanks!
This is a real pain in the butt, some of the best advice I ever got on carpet cleaning was from Jen Schmidt from beauty to bedlam. She strongly suggests super hot water. Im a big fan of hot water for a lot of things. I took the rug outside that looked similar to your stain, after our dog had diaherrhea. We put the carpet on the deck and poured boiled hot water over the stain. The water just went right through the carpet, our deck is wood, so the water just passed right through it instead of spreading. We repeated a few times. I used my tea kettle to pour the water over the stain. It worked like a charm with no chemicals, and I felt it got really clean. If you go to Jen’s blog, she has instructions! I know the last thing you need is more advice.
This is an awesome tip! Thank you so much! I always assumed that hot water would set a stain and that I should only use cold. Thanks for the tip!
If you ever need cleaner again, nature’s miracle can be found at pet stores. I’ve never found it elsewhere.
Thanks, Julie – I will try PetsMart 🙂
I’m glad you got some results with woolite Suzanne. If you do decide to use hot water, be very careful with the stain. I know that has caused some stains to bind with the fibers. It’s better to treat the spot first (go from outside to inside of stain) with your cleaner, and it’s going to take multiple times doing it. I would then use lukewarm water to rinse out the agents that are being left in the carpet. Hope that helps, thank you for sharing.