Archive for the ‘Cleaning Tips’ Category

Red Wine in Carpets

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

Q: How do you get red wine out of carpet?


A: Good question.  I had no idea so I reached out to one of my favorite wine drinkers,  my sister. She said she didn’t have any idea either since she has hardwood floors.  But she did sent me a link that looks like it would be pretty helpful:

If you try it, let us know if it works.

Removing Pet Urine Stains

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Q:  Do you know how to remove pet urine stains from carpets?


A:   It’s good to know that I am not the only one with this problem.  I have tried numerous things myself without too much success so I decided it was time for a Google search to see if others had the answer.   I found several websites that have excellent information about why stain removal and odor removal from pets is so difficult.  Probably that information doesn’t interest you right now.  If  it does, simply google ‘pet stain removal’.  What probably does interest you is the solution to your problem.  The most popular answer that I found on several sites is to take a 50-50 mixture of white vinegar and water and douse the area.  Let it sit for about 1/2 hour and then blot up the excess water.  If the stain has been there for a while, you will need to do this more than once.  The idea is to soak the carpet through to the carpet lining which has also been affected.  This supposedly removes both the odor and the stain.

Other suggestions are:

a:  Purchase an ORGANIC stain removal product from a pet store or some place like Home Depot or Lowes.  Organic is necessary since ‘like dissolves like.’

b:  Peroxide and water on a sponge

c:  Soak the area with Windex and then blot it up.  Test the area first to be sure it doesn’t spot your carpet.

d:  Put a tablespoon of Tide Laundry detergent in very hot water and pour it over the spot.  (Cheaper laundry detergents apparently don’t work as well.)  Use a shop vacuum to remove excess liquid on the carpet.

e:  One woman who  ‘fosters’ dogs for a rescue organization recommends Simple Solution Carpet Shampoo (NOT liquid or concentrate Simple Solution)

I plan to start at the top and work my way down with these suggestions myself.  Hopefully, the first one – which seems to be the most popular – will work.  I understand that it can take a couple of days for the odor of vinegar to leave the house but once it does the stain and the odor of pet urine will be gone.  I have to thank you for asking since I should have looked this one up for myself long ago.  Let me know if any of these ideas work for you.

Gum on a Suede Couch

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Q: How do I get gum out of my suede couch?

A: Cleaning has never been my forte so I looked it up online. Here are a couple of places you can check

Good luck!

Toilet Paper Etiquette

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Q: I am so stoked! I just moved into my very first apartment! It is awesome!!! But I want everything perfect, you know? But one thing I don’t know. My friends will really think I’m stupid if I ask them. Which way do you put the toilet paper? I can’t remember if it’s over the top or down the back.

A: Back when I was a teen-ager I remember Dear Abby having a question like this. My feelings on the subject are about the same now as they were then. Who cares?!?! It’s your house! Do whatever you want. There is nothing more wonderful than coming home from work to a house that is exactly like you want it. So have it like you want it. But, just in case it is really important to you to have my opinion, I’ll tell you what I prefer. Now that I’m older, I can’t make it through the night without a bathroom trip. So I prefer my toilet paper to go over the top and away from the wall. That way I don’t have to fight the wall for possession of the toilet paper. Trust me. At 2 in the morning, when you’re half asleep, that wall can be a formidable opponent. Not that I always get it over the top. Other people in my house hang the paper, too. But when I get a chance, that’s what I do. Enjoy your new apartment.

Cleaning Grease on Carpet

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Q: My son was recently home from college on break. While my husband and I were out, he decided to fix his motorcycle in the family room on my brand new carpet. (The game was on!) Anyway, now I need to get motorcycle gunk off my carpet. Do you have any ideas?

A: I’ve never tried to get grease off a carpet. I’m assuming that’s what you mean when you say ”motorcycle gunk”. I’ve checked online for some suggestions. Since I’ve never used any of these ideas, I strongly recommend that you check with a professional before you try these to be sure you don’t do more harm than good. Here’s what I found.
1) Use waterless hand cleaner, the type that mechanics use. Rub it on the spot and then wipe it up.
2) Resolve carpet cleaner
3) Simple Green cleaner
4) Spray WD 40 on the carpet and them immediately blotch up the stain. Once it is gone, shampoo the area.

Hope these ideas work. If anyone else has a suggestion, feel free to let us know.