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Ugly Set in Stains on Carpet

Hi there,
I have these ugly set in stains on my carpet that I can not seem to remove with anything. I have tried numerous carpet cleaners. The worst part is that my carpet is beige all through my apartment. The soles of the shoes make an ugly black print when you step on it. Then if you drop even a small drop of water, it turns black, then I can not get it out. My son has this thing of sneaking pudding, or yorgurt, and even popsicles into the living room and in his room. I tell him that he needs to eat those in the kitchen, but he still manages to sneak. I can always tell because there is always a drop of something on the floor.

Anyone have any ideas as to how I can remove these set in stains?

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You say you live in an apartment....so I take it that you rent? I'd take this to the landlord, because it sounds like you really need to get it replaced. It could be mold, or who knows what. If he refuses, you can contact the EPA and find out who locally can look into environmental health issues. The not knowing is not good, and I'd be especially afraid of having my child on such an odd thing. This is the landlord's responsibility for carpet and pad replacement, and possibly even remediation of the flooring underneath.

Buy powdered Oxy Clean and dilute in hot water. Use a scrub brush with a small amount of solution to scrub the stains away. I use it in my carpet steam cleaner as well.

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Spot out, you can get it online. It is an industrial strength carpet cleaner and works like a charm. get a scumbuster by black and decker. it really adds to the cleaning power and saves your arm muscles from the scrubbing. It is a wonder tool. Get the one you can put cleaner in the handle of. then put the carpet cleaner in the handle undiluted. Trust me it has saved my carpets (beige) from my houseful of teenage boys. It's a miracle set up.

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My five year old and I lived in an apartment with really light carpet - the hand held oxy clean with the scrubber was our best friend as there was carpet dining area and he had a tendency to spill a lot. However, to get a fresh start I would suggest going with a professional and perhaps seeing if they could treat the carpet with something that would resist stains. It did miracles for us in our previous house. Good luck!

If you would like, you could schedule a cleaning with my husband's company. He obviously can't get out everything but we clean a lot of carpets in apartments and he has been called a miracle worker. Our minimum to come out is $50. Our phone number is ###-###-#### and we are Anderson Clean Systems. (you can check my rating with Mamasource too). Good luck!

Hi K.. =)

I feel your pain. =) The best thing I have seen work is Resolve Spot Shot (blue & orange can) works miracles on 99% of ANYTHING I used it on. You might need to get a Scothguard product after the stains are removed to help not restain again. I have also found good results in the "Queen of Clean" cleaning geru lady that is always on Channel 3 with her tips & miracle cure AND she does have like 3 books out that are amazing. Anyways- she says pour club soda & soak the stain with it & GENEROUSLY soak it & this will "boil" or fizz the stain up to the surface & take a rag towel & lay it over the stain & press a foot in the towel for long moments to soak up all the liquid & flip towel & press down again. You can repeat this process. I have my own Rug Doctor & I have found out that if it is set in (soaked the padding) then it will just re-stain over & over again. Sometimes it can be managed with routine carpet cleanings but until padding changed out (cut out pieces & replace with new padding in its place)some can never be 100% cured. Hope some or any helps you. Good Luck.=)

I too have beige carpet (light). I found a great website called Chester's clean house and there were a lot of recipes for homemade cleaning products. The one that worked for me (for pet stains, etc) was peroxide, baking soda and a little bit of dish soap. Put in spray bottle and go to town. The soap and baking soda were for the odor and peroxide..well, when mixed w/ baking soda really foamed up. Anyway it did a good job and it was inexpensive to make (I needed a lot of it). You might also try "Kids and Pets" I picked up at target and you can also put it in a carpet cleaner. Good luck to you

Well, I can give you advice on your stains, and a way to work from home! I see that you are a single mom, who works full time, and I'd love to help you convert your home to a healthier safer environment for your family (I can reccommend the most amazing stain remover ever and best of all, it's safe for the environment and your family!) AND be able to spend QUALITY time with your family right from home! If you're interested, request more info. at www.workingmommyathome.com

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This may sound silly but it worked on my beige carpet. I use water and vinegar. 2 part vinegar and 1 part in a spray bottle. I spray directly at the stains and really soak it up then put a towel and stand on it for a long time til it is not so wet. It usually kiLs all the bacteria smell of all kinds. I used it on pet odors and all other stains. I don't know if that will work for you but it is something you may carry at home and it is free. Good luck!

I found out that I could take a bottle with Dawn mixed with water and squirt the solution on the stain and it will rub out. My daughter had an accident on the floor and it was the only thing I found that worked. Works great for stains on clothes too.

Buy powdered Oxy Clean and dilute in hot water. Use a scrub brush with a small amount of solution to scrub the stains away. I use it in my carpet steam cleaner as well.

I KNOW! I KNOW!!! I used to have real light beige carpet, boys and a hubby with muddy feet. A collegue of mine who had a bunch of rentals shared his secret. It's called Awesome. Sold at the Dollar Tree.

I spray full strenth, use a brush to scrub it up and run the carpet cleaner over it (or "rinse"). It's never failed, including the car carpets, and I've converted all my friends. =)

I also tried a bunch of different things for a grease stain and finally 6 months later I found a cleaner that worked for us: Resolve Dual Power. It has the 2 spouts and the two cleaners come together to bubble when you squirt it out. One note: a friend of mine had recommended Dawn dishwashing detergent and it worked great . . . but then it acted like a stain magnet. Apparently that's how Dawn works with your dishes, it attracts grease, dirt, etc. Don't use Dawn!
I also tried Oxiclean and it seemed to get most of the stain out, but I used too much Oxiclean and had annoying white residue.

Good luck!

I have numerous stain "recipes" depending on the type of stain. Too numerous to list here. Anyone is free to email me for the recipes if you like.

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K.

Put oxiclean on it and let it work over night.

Hi K.,

"Sol-U-Mel" or "MelaMagic" from Melaleuca are the BEST for removing stains on just about anything!

Both are non-toxic and biodegradable (they were "Green" when green was just a color). Melaleuca carries everything you would need to clean your home, dishes and laundry. Best thing is, you won't have to worry about poisoning your son while cleaning.

You have to be a member to purchase them (kind of like Costco).

Feel free to contact me if you want more info.

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You say you live in an apartment....so I take it that you rent? I'd take this to the landlord, because it sounds like you really need to get it replaced. It could be mold, or who knows what. If he refuses, you can contact the EPA and find out who locally can look into environmental health issues. The not knowing is not good, and I'd be especially afraid of having my child on such an odd thing. This is the landlord's responsibility for carpet and pad replacement, and possibly even remediation of the flooring underneath.

There's a spray carpet stain remover called Folex (white bottle with dark lettering) that you can buy a Walmart for pretty cheap. I don't think it costs more than $5 or $6.00. I've used it and had pretty good luck with it even on older stains.

I found that the Oxiclean floor cleaner worked the best for me. They sell a little carpet scrubber next to the Oxiclean that holds the cleaner and then dispenses it through the scrubber. This worked awesome. We used to have beige carpet too and I know exactly what you are talking about. I used to be an advocate for SPOT SHOT, but that didn't seem to work as well on our lighter carpet.

I'm not sure how old your son is, but maybe he could help you get the stains out with whatever you decide to use. He might think twice about sneaking the food where it shouldn't go, or at least be more careful, so it doesn't happen as often! You may have to do this as often as he makes stains for awhile.

I have used vinegar mixed in with the carpet steamer detergent. You could also try some peroxide, or a diluted solution of dishwashing detergent. Dishwashing detergents have special enzimes to disolve foods. Maybe that will help.

My brother, Allen, owns a carpet cleaning business, if you'd like to call and talk to him his number is ###-###-#### (Northside Carpet Cleaning). When was your carpet put in? It might need to be replaced.

Good Luck,
S.

Oxyclean works great. Follow the instructions on the container for removing carpet stains. My sister had dried blood on hers and it worked to take them out. We use it on our carpet all the time when we have bad stains on the high traffic areas. Good luck.

Try rubbing white wine on the stain then blotting it up with a clean cloth. Worked great for me!

I love Spot Shot. It gets pretty much anything out. Good luck!

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