Carpet Cleaning Adventures

PSA:  Dogs can get terribly sick from foods in the Allium family.  Notably, onions, chives, leeks, and garlic. I learned this the hard way in July!  Don’t worry, the little pupper is just fine now.

Turns out if your dog starts chomping down on the chive plant you’ve got in your garden, you’ve got a serious problem.  The little doggy happened to do that one morning before work a few weeks ago, and we didn’t think anything of it. We can home to an absolute massacre.  I would post the full on pictures, but I’m afraid it might make people feel ill. It was so bad. She had the most epic GI distress that I’ve ever seen a dog have.  Our carpet looked like it was ruined for sure – after 3 hours of trying to clean it I got out the measuring tape to start pricing out new floors. That’s how bad it was.  

Thankfully, I was able to borrow a family members carpet steamer/shampoo gizmo.  We spent Friday night and most of Saturday moving around furniture, vacuuming up dog hair, then literally shampooing the crap out of our carpet.  10+ hours of work, but oh my gosh did it work wonders. Our carpets, which we think are original to our 1982 house, look practically brand new. You can barely see the worn down, dirty travel pattern spots.  All the dog stains are gone. Stains that were there before we moved in were gone.

To be fair, it wasn’t just the carpet shampooing that did this.  Both Mr. LSF and I spent a good deal of time grinding basically pure off brand Oxiclean into the stains.  That stuff is magic, as you can see by the before and after pictures.

This was an awesome activity to insource, we were lucky that we had a carpet cleaner available to borrow.  Other than the ~$20 bottle of soap, and the off brand Oxiclean that we already had, it was free for us to tackle on our own.  I still get ridiculously proud when I get home from work and see how awesome the carpet looks.