On Tue, 21 Jul 2009 17:02:45 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Your post makes me smile. I can relate your post to my daughters who
sometimes might argue about washing a few dishes in the sink and I
tell them that by the time they get done arguing, it would be faster
to just wash the few dishes. I guess they don't see it that way.
It depends on the spot, but I've had good luck with mineral spirits
(MS). I learned the trick from a carpet cleaner who kept a spray bottle
of MS on his belt as he worked the wand. If a spot wouldn't come up
with the detergent from the wand, he'd spray the spot with the MS, rub
it a bit with the wand, then suck everything out with the wand.
I've also had good luck with Goof-Off for spots like paint. I saturate
the spot, then suck everything out with a shop vacuum.
Be careful of making a spot that's much cleaner than everything else.
Well, mineral spirits is an "oil-based" solvent, in that it sometimes
comes from petroleum, but it's not an oil in the lubricant sense.
Mineral spirits will evaporate at room temperature if you just let it
sit, leaving no residue to speak of.
There can be no one "best" way. Different materials,
different spots different levels of accpetable removal etc.
After you have tried the best cleaning attempt at cleaning and
failed to meet the minimal accpetable results, then you are into step
In step II you remove a portion of the carpet and replace it.
Maybe you can find some in a closet. Then you may need to "wear" the
new piece a bit to blend it in with the older carpet.
A long time ago a carpet installer told me to use club soda. It has
worked for me with babies and animals. It may not do everything but it
has worked for me with babies and pets. And compared to foam type
cleaners I used to use, it's a lot cheaper, lasts longer (refrig) and
leaves no residue stains. It used to easy to buy but nowadays you
might have to go to a larger grocery store or liquor store to buy it.
I'm back after spending several hrs this morning cleaning the carpet with a
Hoover "steam" cleaner, which uses no steam. Even so, The overall look of
the carpet is much better than before, although there are still some dark
spots that I'll try some of the suggestions from this thread on. I want to
give it overnight to dry thoroughly, and then I'll try the hands-and-knees
approach with a scrub brush and some of the recommended cleaners. Club soda
is intriguing, because now I remember my father using club soda on pesky
I'll let you know how it goes.
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