Friday, September 11, 2009

Frugal Friday: Carpet cleaning


I have a giant dirt stain in the living carpet of my apartment from a plant I overwatered about a year ago (oops). I tried to clean it with carpet cleaner at the time, but it seemed a futile pursuit, so I just repositioned my furniture to cover it. Foolish, I know, and shortsighted because now as moving day fast approaches I am realizing that a stain in my carpet may prevent me from getting my security deposit back (not very frugal). I considered renting a steam cleaner (still not so frugal), but decided first that I'd give it one more shot on my own.

First, I attacked it with carpet cleaner, following the directions on the bottle. I sprayed, I waited, I blotted. Dirt was clearly coming out of my carpet, but it wasn't making much of a difference.

Then, I realized that I could spray plain water on my carpet and achieve nearly the same results. Again, I sprayed, I blotted. I used rags, old towels, paper towels. I tried stepping on the cloths to get more dirt out. Dirt continued to come out of my carpet. Clearly this was working, but it seemed like it would be a nearly endless process.

Finally I had a breakthrough. I sprayed the carpet with water until it was really wet, then I sprinkled baking soda over the entire area. The baking soda quickly became brown as it soaked up the dirt and water. I waited a few hours until the baking soda had completely dried then picked it up with my vacuum. Wow! For the first time I could actually see a noticeable difference in the stain. It's not completely gone, so I'm repeating the process, but it's a heck of a lot easier and more frugal than anything else I had thought of!

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Erik said...

Hi Story Girl! I have a share of experience with carpet stains a couple of months back. I accidentally spilled wine with my newly installed carpet. Frankly, I was nervous, I know my wife. She'll surely get mad if she found out. Fortunately, she's out of town with her pals and I was left alone, searching online for carpet solutions and also for companies that provide carpet cleaning in Kansas City. Thankfully, I found one. I phoned them right away and the next day they arrived. Kansas City carpet cleaners did an awesome job. My carpet is spotless! My wife didn't even noticed when she arrived from her vacation. Well, I've never tried baking soda and hope I never will. But thanks for the tip, story girl.

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Mona Moore said...

Thanks for the tips, I want to use them on my carpets. I've been trying to improve my frugality (is that even a word? lol) but I find it quite hard. In the past I've used a company to come in and clean them - I haven't ever had any complaints, I used carpet cleaner birmingham and anyone not wanting to do it for themselves I've no problem recommending them. But I've been reading lots of sites like this recently and I think I am building up my knowledge and confidence to go for it! Wish me luck ;)

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