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Safe (But Effective!) Carpet Cleaning???

Discussion in 'Holistic Avenue' started by fireball249, 11/30/17.

  1. fireball249

    fireball249 Meeting neighbors

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    My carpets are getting worse and worse and I am slowly losing it. I am in an apartment so I cannot change over to laminate floors. By the same token I do not want the complex to change the carpet because I can't remove my conure for them to do so and will not allow it to be done with her there. I have a carpet steam cleaner specifically made for people with pets, but what can I use in it to thoroughly clean the carpets and remove the stains from years of foot traffic? Or is there a professional company someone uses that is known to be safe? I thought about Z****z but just read a horror story about it so now I am nervous to do anything! Please help! My carpets need it and I am desperate! :banghead::banghead::banghead:
     
  2. iamwhoiam

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    You can try diluted white vinegar in the carpet cleaner.
    You can use white vinegar and baking soda combination not in the steam cleaner but directly on the tough stains and spots. Baking soda first, then add some vinegar (can dilute the vinegar and spray it on if you choose), then watch the bubbling volcano, wipe, and vacuum.
     
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    Are new carpets toxic? I have had new carpets put down with a parrot there. Never had any issues with doing that. Old carpets can and are full of carpet beetles and things we don't see. Most especially old ones.
     
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    New carpets can give off fumes. When I had my carpeting replaced my birds stayed at my mom's for two weeks except for Casey and Keno.
     
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    Folex and poop off work pretty well for traffic area stains and bird poop. They both are supposed to be non toxic and Lurch and Dobby haven't had any issues when we used them.
    You can use folex in a carpet shampoo machine 1 part to 4 to 6 parts warm water. I haven't tried it yet in the machine but it works well getting rid of stains and the dark high traffic areas. I think there has to be safe carpet shampoo and you can probably combine it with folex and your carpet would look almost new again.
     
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    I have a Hoover carpet cleaner, and I use Nature's Miracle solution made for carpet cleaners.
     
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    Once you get it clean, "cover" it with some vinyl flooring pieces. That will protect everything and keep the carpet sparkling clean. Easily cleaned in place (putty scraper and a mop) or just roll them up and take them outside for a power wash. By using a number of large squares (and overlapping) you can cover the entire floor. Nothing is permanent and quick to remove/cleanup
     
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  9. fireball249

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    Thank you all so much! You saved my sanity :) I did not know it would be safe to use anything but the "branded" cleaners and knew I did not want to use them. I will be trying these out tomorrow for sure! And what is funny is that it isn't the conure causing all the mess for once! I have a plastic floor mat under her area so it stays clean, but the dog and husband bring mud in from time to time in the rest of the apartment, and of course high traffic areas just get worn out faster. I will try the baking soda and vinegar first as I keep stocks of them already for cleaning and will pick up some Nature's Miracle from Petsmart if it doesn't get the worst stains out as it is across the street. Thanks again everyone!!!
     
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    Another vote for Folex, for spot cleaning. It's pretty amazing and you can get it at Home Depot. But it sounds like you need more than spot cleaning. Maybe try and find a steam cleaning company?
     
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    I have been wanting to do that but I am worried about what chemicals they use. The one I would have gone with I just read a horror story on this forum about so now I am unsure. If anyone has used a company safely I would love to know who!!
     
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    We had off white carpeting....I bought a carpet cleaner and first ran it with very hot water. I was amazed at what came up the first go around. HOT WATER ONLY! I have a small spray bottle of vinegar that I just sprayed directly on the spots. Wasn't perfect but saved my sanity.
     
  13. fireball249

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    So I poured baking soda on the worst spots and then straight vinegar after. Immediately removed the spots! (YAY!!!!) 3 days later, It has actually helped lighten the carpet back to its original color! I think I will end up sprinkling the baking soda across the entire carpet and spraying vinegar on to help the rest lol! It seems to act like the "Oxy" stuff for the carpet cleaner machines... I also ran with the Nature's Miracle cleaner, did well but I have to spot treat with the baking soda and vinegar first for the stains.
     
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    Thanks for the update!
     

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