Thank you readers for always being there to remind me of the topics I simply have not covered. When a reader's letter arrived today, she touched on a the topic of cleaning up; what is best?
We, as consumers, are barraged with commercials for all sorts of specialized cleaners, promising to remove not only the stains, but also the odor. The problem? As my carpet cleaner told me, "All those products in the commercials have residues in them that, over time, pick up dirt and grime from the bottoms of our shoes, leaving stains that are tougher to remove than the dog's mistake."
Once you've gotten everything out that you can, one other natural option exists. This only work if you have lighter colored carpet--medium khaki to white, or pastels. Peroxide will gently lighten stains, slowly, so that you can control how much you lighten an area. Allow it to stand on the spot for 5-10 minutes, each time you use it. This is a last ditch effort, when a stain remains, so use it with care. Finally, dowse it generously with water at least twice, when done, to assure that the carpet does not continue to lighten. Keep in mind that wet carpet will naturally look darker, so you'll have to estimate how much to lighten--always better to go with less. You can do another treatment after the carpet dries, if needed.
Finally, speaking of saying something, Oliver is spouting his opinion of this over at 5 Minutes for Fido. I think I hit a nerve. Poor little fella got blamed for a wet spot yesterday, and turns out it was just water. Sorry, Oliver!
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