Bob Schmidt shows you a method of getting up tough stains using tools and supplies you probably already have in your house. this method is child safe using no harsh chemicals.
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Hi! I am Bob Schmidt with Home Remodel Workshop. If you have a pet or children or construction workers in your house, inevitably you're going to get some stains on your carpet. Unfortunately, we have an old dog here, and I have noticed certain nipping at the grass tips in the yard the other day and I should have known and she had an upset stomach, and sure enough she got sick on the carpet. Fortunately for me, I was able to witness it. I saw it happened, I immediately got her outside and I flew up there to get all the supplies I needed. What I did initially was grab some rubber gloves, and some paper towels, and I picked it all up right away. Then taking some of my favorite stain spot cleaner, I hit the carpet and blotted it to the center just like they say to do, and then I scrubbed it a little bit more, and then I rinsed it little bit, dried it and I was real happy thinking that well, I got on this right away, I am not going to have an issue with my carpet. You can imagine my disappointment the next morning when I thought I had this all taken care of, when I saw this yellow urine looking stain, still in the carpet that was about four inches round. I found a unique way to take care of that. The household supplies that you have for this cleaning, this spot cleaning job, are pretty basic. A hair dryer, a little measuring cup or a cup of hot water, a teaspoon for dispensing the dish-washing liquid, a steam iron which people have, a bucket for keeping to clean water in, and plenty of cotton rags, clean cotton rags because these are probably the most critical part of this whole clean-up process. And also a Shop-Vac, a wet dry vac that you can suck up moisture with. Using a cup of hot water, go ahead and take some dish-washing liquid of your choice, as long as it's a grease fighting dish-washing liquid or you add a teaspoon of dish-washing liquid to just dump it right in that hot water, give a little bit of a stir. For this four inch round spot we have here, I am going to probably use about half of this. And I'm going to take it and I know this looks a little crazy, but I am going to dump it pretty liberally on that four-inch spot. I will probably use maybe a little bit more than a half. Using about five layers of cotton rags that are bigger than the spot and also bigger than my iron, I take my bucket of clean hot water; there are no cleaning supplies in this and I am going to thoroughly soak these rags. We'll go ahead and give them a squeeze, not rinsing all the water out of it, but a little bit. I'm going to flatten them back out again, and I am going to lay down right there over top of that wet spot. Having my iron set on medium heat and low steam, now on top of these five wet rags that you can fill they are pretty moist here, I'm going to place the iron directly over top of the stain. As you can hear, it starts to sizzle, as it starts sizzling these rags and creating stream with these rags. Now I'm not going to let it sit on one spot, I'm going to move it around a little bit because I want that iron to force steam into this carpet and into that spot with the idea that we are going to draw that spot out of this carpet. Now the reason I don't want to let it sit too long in one place is I don't want to dry these rags out and take a chance on burning this carpet. So of course, I can see the top of the rags. Now what you want to do, is you want to move the heat around to draw the spot up, but not keep it in one place so long that you are going to release the adhesive on the back of the carpet. As you can see this is not my towel scorching. This is actually the stain being drawn up through these five layers of cotton towels we have here. And as you can pull it up and turned it over, you can see that it's pulling that stain up into these rags. This is exactly what you want to see happen. Now I am going to rinse these rags out in that clean water again, and we're going to reapply the heat. Now I'm shooting this in real time, just to
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