...what is the best thing to do if a pet or a child is ill all over carpet. I just recently moved to a house w/carpet in all bedrooms and I want to be prepared for 'accidents'.
A co-worker's DGD threw up red punch right in the middle of her new white living room carpet. They ended up having to cut/replace a huge square; don't think it ever looked right.
'Heloise' used to say, I think, to use kitty litter to soak up a lot of the mess, but I don't know if that would work so well on carpeting.
Thanks for any help ...
I was unfortunate to have carpeting in every room except bathrooms when we moved to this house in 1976. Kids were 2 and 4 at the time, so I had more experience with sick kids and carpets than I care to think about now. The best method I found was to gently lift up and remove as much of it as I could with an old rubber spatula (uh-huh ) . Then I poured club soda over the remainder and blotted it up with old terry towels. The club soda somehow neutralized the odor in a way that plain water or water with commercial cleaners never quite did.
These days, there's quite a lot of good press about Nature's Miracle, which is made to remove organic pet stains but should work every bit as well with kids' stains. And if I could go back in time, I'd get myself a portable rug stain machine, like Bissell's Little Green Machine. Even a wet/dry shop vacuum would help loads to remove the last traces of the mess.
As for the red punch stain... Red and usually purple food dyes are considered unremovable stains. The landlord who rented the apartment to my son during his college years even went so far as to add a clause to the lease banning red Kool-Aid use. Smart man.
I didn't have enough Nature's Miracle to de-stink the dining room stain, so I picked up more while we were at Petco today (the dogs needed de-stinking too!). There is now a whole wall of NM products for any situation. We bought the formula for urine, but there are at least six different kinds now. I will be keeping more options on hand. Very much impressed. I'm following the deep clean instructions, and the odor has all but vanished.
A wet/dry vac or other cleaner is a good idea as well. Keeping a clean "scoop" handy might work better than a spatula. Maybe a clean plastic dustpan? Something that can be rinsed easily but not used for anything else.This message has been edited. Last edited by: junk collector,
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