Do you see any Fig Newtons or dog vomit on that beige and white wool rug? Me either. What I do see is one bad mother of a wool rug cleaner.
Yesterday I had company over, it was a playdate so three toddlers and a six year old used red fabric paint to make t-shirts and went swimming. I fully expected that something would be stained or stinky by the end of the day. I had no idea the culprit would be my old ninny muggins of a dog.
|Guilty as charged|
Of course she did it while people were still here and while my guests were completely cool and understanding there is only so much time you can devote to carpet cleaning when there is coloring to do and fun to be had. So I cleaned up the mess, rinsed several time with cool water and a mild detergent (this isn't my first rug rodeo, I have my stomach bug mommy badge after all), and smothered it with baking soda.
This morning when I vacuumed up the baking soda there was a large orange circle on the rug. I panicked a little. It was dry, it was orange, and it felt like a forever stain, the kind that happened when you were a kid and your mom tried to clean it up and sweat broke out on her brow as she scrubbed and shot you looks like "if you weren't my child you would be out of here buddy" and she still reminds you of it on holidays... or maybe that was just my mom.
Anyway, I went into the cleaning supplies closet and found the Woolite Oxy Deep Stain & Odor Remover that I assume my husband bought because he is the kind of shopper who sees stuff and goes "cool" and buys it for no reason (I have a large jar of cactus in my pantry). Since the bottle said Woolite I assumed it would be gentle and on the back it mentions carpets so I decided to go for it.
|See it says "carpet"|
Sprayed the area, set the timer for 5 minutes, and when time was up I blotted (then got tired of blotting and rubbed while praying). It looked pretty good but I figured the directions said if needed I could do it again and I felt needy. So needy in fact that I sprayed the three spots of dried, weeks old, Fig Newton next to the child's chair. After the second round the carpet looked awesome; dog puke and dried fruit-and-cake free. Then it was snacktime and I totally forgot to rinse it, CRAP! I was convinced the rug would have melted or all of the little wool fibers were going to fall out and I was going to have a bald spot in my rug and need to find a potted plant that looked like it belonged in the center of a rug directly infront of the tv. Turns out it wasn't an issue, rug looks fine, no bleaching and all the little wool fibers are still hanging in there.
Final Verdict: Worked great for me and I am really glad we had it on hand. Seems to be ideal for forgetful people cursed with dogs and kids who have no respect for wool.