Tuesday, January 7, 2014

How I Saved Hundreds of Dollars, My Sanity, and My Carpet....

I'm OCD, y'all. There's no getting around it and I have learned over the years to simply embrace it. My husband understands and loves me through it all. 

Sometimes, I cannot control it. 

When I bought my home in 2006, it came with brand new light beige carpet. In 2008, I married a boat mechanic and my carpet would never be the same. 

I have been on my hands and knees scrubbing that dang carpet for years now. At some point, I realized (again) that I married a boat mechanic who also loves working on his Jeep and is just generally messy. Oh, and I have a four year old little boy who just so happens to be his daddy's mini-me. 

Saturdays.... I'll clean. Twenty minutes later, those same two boys will come running through the house bringing mud, oil, and whatever with them. My husband can't seem to walk and carry a cup of coffee without spilling it either...

Over time, my carpet has taken a huge hit. 

My biggest fear is listing our home on the market, someone falls in love with it, and then promptly asks for a carpet allowance and potentially kills any equity we may have had. 

This Saturday I was desperate. I have cleaned the carpets over and over. Some spots just would not come out. I tried spot removers and little tricks along the way. It just wasn't looking any better....

I saw an idea of Pinterest. Someone actually used Windex, of all things, and promised it would work. 

My husband looked at me like I had lost my ever lovin' mind when I sat on the floor with a bottle of Windex and some rags. But he didn't laugh for long....


Under his recliner were several ugly spots. 



And all it took was some off-brand Windex, a rag, and some scrubbing. 




Once I saw that it would work, I may have gotten a tad bit carried away..... 

I went to the hall closet. 

It had a rust looking stain and something caked into the carpet. I had tried all kinds of stuff on it before, but nothing helped. 


Until I tried Windex! 


I let the areas dry and vacuumed them. 

I have never been happier with my carpet! After I hit all the stains, I plan to go back and use my big carpet cleaner on the whole thing to freshen things up. 

I tested a small area of my carpet before I went crazy with it. I suggest you do the same. I'd think blue cleaner may not work out well with white colored carpets....


9 comments:

  1. Great tip, will definitely try it out! Thanks!!

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  2. This is an awesome idea! Can't wait to try it!

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  3. My 2 go to cleaners: Windex and all purpose Lysol with hydrogen peroxide! Thanks this, I never thought of Windex for my floors!!

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  4. Interesting idea, I wonder if it will work on the cheap carpet at work. Will let you know LOL

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  5. I can't wait to try this out on my mom's carpet. It isn't very old but has some stubborn spots I haven't been able to remove.

    Thank you for sharing this tip!

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  6. Really wonderful and great tips. There are stains of red wine and blood on my carpet. And I am not able to remove them. Can this method will remove those stains?
    commercial cleaning company.

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  7. Really wonderful and great tips. There are stains of red wine and blood on my carpet. And I am not able to remove them. Can this method will remove those stains?
    commercial cleaning company.

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