When Toilet Training Meets Carpet

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You’re in the process of toilet training the new pup or maybe your little bubba. So far, so good but you take your eye of them for a split second and next thing you know, its happening, on the carpet.

It’s going to be okay as long as you get onto it quickly. Depending on what type of accident it is, either blot or scrape the substance off the carpet. DO NOT RUB

THEN…

For Synthetics (Rhino Carpet, Polyester, Nylon)

Step 1: Scoop up and blot as much of the spill as possible. Vacuum up any dry particles.

Step 2: Mix 1/4 teaspoon mild liquid dish soap with one cup warm water.

Step 3: Apply the cleaning solution to the stain area. Work from the outside of the stain toward the centre.

Step 4: Allow the cleaning solution to remain on the spill for at least five minutes.

Step 5: Blot with a clean white cloth until no more stain transfers to the cloth. Do not rub the stain area or you might damage the carpet fibres.

Step 6: Rinse with cold water. Be sure all cleaning solution is removed from carpet.

Step 7: If you can still see the stain, repeat the process until either the stain is removed or the stain no longer transfers to the cloth.

Step 8: When the carpet is dry, vacuum to restore the texture.

For Wool

Step 1: Rinse the area carefully with cold water.

Step 2: Mix one teaspoon of mild laundry detergent (ideally one approved for wool) and one teaspoon of white vinegar in one litre of warm water.

Step 3: Apply this mix to the area and rinse, soaking up all liquid excess with paper towels or an absorbent cloth. Continue wetting and rinsing, until you’ve lifted all the nasty colour out of the carpet. What you’re doing is essentially ‘flushing’ the carpet to continually dilute the stain and eventually lift it out completely.

Step 4: Sometimes you’ll have to complete steps one and two a number of times to completely get your stain out. You might think you removed it all, but it may ‘reappear’ when it’s dry. We call this ‘wicking’.  This means not all of the spill has been removed from the carpet and you should continue flushing with your water solution and blotting.

Step 5: When everything appears to be gone, rinse the area with warm water.

Step 6:  If the spill has been left for some time, as its aged it will be more stubborn. Try the above steps, but a professional carpet cleaner may be required.

We recommend getting your carpet cleaned every 12 to 18 months.
If you don’t want to worry about carpet stains again, head into your closest Carpet Court store and ask about our SmartStrand stain resistant carpet.

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