Let me know how this worked for you, fellow Carpet Goddesses!! If you have cleaning or household tips, send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a woman, my life has taken on several stages of evolution. The years of my youth with what Barbie was the coolest, to how can I best sneak make-up to school without my mom finding out, now have given way to relationships, dating, marriage and mom-dom. These events have made me take pause on the things that are really important. One of those items is something all can understand: the blessings and the curses of carpeting. It's beautiful, it's warm for our widdle tootsies, can enhance the décor of our rooms, and make for a crazy mess. It can be a virtual stain magnet!! I was relegated to accepting those diehard stains that just will not exit the deep pile no matter how hard I tried to clean them up. So, it was, "Here is when Brian won his race and his spikes muddied the carpet." or "Look at this wine stain! It's from the toast when Brie was engaged!"
As much as I cherish the rich history those stains gave me, I have to tell you that I was ECSTATIC when I happened upon this discovery to get rid of even the most diehard of stains in carpeting! A virtual secret of carpet cleaners everywhere! Yes, follow me as I get rid of this stain where my doggie, Chewy, peed on the edge of a cherry-stained desk. Yes, urine and wood stain. I thought it was destined to be part of the Broihahn Carpet Museum forever.
First, take one part ammonia and three parts water. Apply it to the stain. Let it sit for a few minutes. Fire up the iron. Yup, that's right the iron. I had to find mine. It was behind a pile of wrinkled clothes.
Place a rag over the stain and with your iron on a medium heat setting, go over the stain. If you have a steam setting, then use it. I didn't and it still worked. Keep going over and over the stain. It will eventually transfer to the rag. I know, right? I've been covering this stain with an ill-placed throw rug all this time and all I had to do was iron it? Shake my mommy head.
TAH DAH!!!! I hollered up to my son to get off of his XBOX and come downstairs to see my victory. He was actually amazed. His yawn said so. I was so elated that I called my mom. "That's what you're so excited about? You need a life, kiddo," she said as she returned to her episode of Lost. I guess it was a case of location elation or "you had to be there."
As the self-declared "Carpet Goddess," I just knew I had to share this with you, loyal readers. Let me know if this worked for you. REMEMBER: do NOT put the iron directly on your carpet, use non-colored ammonia (no blue window cleaner), a white or light-colored rag, and use medium heat. Don't contact me later blaming me for your carpet. You have to take responsibility for your own carpet care. Please, keep the iron moving over the rag-covered stain and be patient. If you have to leave and answer the door, because Publisher's Clearing House is a-ringing your bell, turn off the iron and set it in the upright position. Good luck and get your carpet-cleaning on. You can be a Carpet Goddess, too!