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How to remove red wine from carpet

It’s happened to us as recently as this past New Years Eve. We hosted a small party this past New Years, and one of my best friends spilled a whole glass of red wine on my carpet. The look on her face was one of abject horror. She felt horrible, and immediately offered to pay to have our carpets cleaned. I reminded her I was Aunt Patti, and removing a red wine stain from a beige carpet would be a piece of cake. As my guests gathered around I got my trusty spotter ( Unbelievable Spotter) from under my kitchen sink. I first used absorbent rags to blot up as much of the wine as I could out of the carpet. I then sprayed the area with the Unbelievable Spotter, and agitated the carpet fiber with the back of a metal tablespoon. The wine started to release from the carpet, and I continued to blot it up pressing down on the spot with more absorbent rags. It took me approximately ten minutes to totally remove all the red wine from my carpet. I can honestly say Ask Aunt Patti gained 16 followers that night. Removing red wine from carpets is easy if you have the right product, and you understand the process. By having both I turned a awkward situation into a funny memory. Before you ask the answer is yes you can even remove old red wine stains from carpet. If you’d like to watch a short recreation I did on video you can click here. My husband has used the same process on the local Fox 2 television stations morning show. If you’d like to learn more about removing spots from carpeting, or would like to learn how to clean better, faster, and cheaper check out my web site www.askauntpatti.com

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How to remove ketchup from carpet

Admit it you love ketchup on your french fries, and you also like it on your hot dog. I haven’t met many children that don’t also love ketchup. Now what’s the possibility that ketchup can accidentally get on your carpet. I’d say the odds are pretty good if you have a bottle of ketchup in your house. The good news is there is a spot remover to remove ketchup, and it works on many other stains. Learn how to get ketchup out of your carpet by watching a short video.

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How to get food stains out of carpet

Tis the season for friends, and family entertaining. It also is the season for dropped plates, spilled drinks, and cheese dip in your carpet. Unfortunately this happens when people get together, and food is served. Never fear because now that you’re reading this blog you’ll get those stains out of your carpet with ease. The first thing you want to do when Uncle Ned announces he’s dropped his plate of food on your carpet is to scrape up as much as you possibly can. I want you to get an absorbent towel, and blot up as much of the spill as you can. What’s left is the stain on the fibers we’re going to draw out using the same methods the professionals use. You’ll need a good carpet spot remover, and more absorbent towels. I want you to spray the stain with the spot remover, and using a metal spoon agitate the stain working from the outside of the stain in towards the center. We do this so you don’t make the stain bigger. When you see the stain releasing from the carpet fibers it’s time to blot the stain with your absorbent towels. This draws the stain up, and out of the carpet into the towel. Repeat until the stain is completely removed. Flush the area with water, and blot again to remove any chemical from your carpet. Watch a short video on this process by clicking here.

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Holiday entertaining, and pet accidents.

If you’re planning on having folks over for the holidays, and you have pets this blog is for you. You’re planning on having a house full of people, and your pet isn’t used to all these people. This is when the little fellow gets so excited, and happy to see everyone they piddle on your carpet. Heaven forbid your guest take pity on the little critter, and decide to feed them immense quantities of table food. Your carpet problems just became a lot bigger, no pun intended. Well never fear because you’re going to be able to deal with this like a professional. The first thing you need to do when grandma nonchalantly lets you know your dog just threw up on your carpet is grab absorbent towels. You want to pick up as much of the substance as you can. Use your towels to blot up as much of the liquid as you can. The next step is to get a good commercial pet stain remover with enzymes, and if you’ve read this blog you already have it. You will spray the stain with the pet spot remover, and using a spoon agitate the stain working towards the center. You do this so you don’t spread the stain. When you see the stain releasing from the carpet, blot with an absorbent towel drawing the stain out. Continue this process until the stain is gone. Lastly use water to flush the area, and blot again with absorbent towels. You do this to remove any chemical residue from your carpet. Watch a short video on how this is done by clicking here.

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How to remove grease from your carpet

You’re probably asking yourself how could grease find it’s way into someones carpet. If you have a husband like mine who loves to fix things in the garage it happens. Grease removal from carpet is one of those substances requiring a specialty chemical. The all purpose go to spotter that removes everything just doesn’t remove grease. You can watch this short video on how to remove grease by clicking here. The product used in the video is available by clicking here. Remember as with removing any substance out of carpet you agitate the stain inward so as not to spread it, and blot the stain out of the carpet using an absorbent rag. Flush the carpet with water after removing the stain to remove the chemical used, and blot again.

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Removing lipstick and nail polish from carpets.

I have two beautiful daughters that are all grown up. Being little girls they used to watch me apply my makeup, and occasionally I’d apply a little fingernail polish on their nails. One day it was too quiet in the part of the house where they were playing. I thought it would be a good idea to see what the little rascals were up to. Imagine my surprise when I discovered they had used my makeup to make each other beautiful. I was torn between laughter and anger as my little darlings looked like circus clowns with the amount of makeup they applied. I got them cleaned up, but I had to deal with the fingernail polish, and the makeup on my carpet. I’m going to show you how to get this out of your carpet. Please click here to watch a short how to video.

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Removing carpet spots and stains.

If you can dream it I guarantee someone has accidentally spilled it on their carpet. I get inquiries every week about an all in one carpet spotter. A carpet spotter so great it will remove anything. I’m here to tell you there isn’t one. When you think of the different compositions of everything possible that could be spilled on a carpet it would be near impossible to come up with a product which would remove everything.

Now I’ll let you in on a little secret. I’ve found a product which comes pretty darn close. It’s an industrial strength carpet spotter, and it is my new best friend. It removes blood, wine, feces, urine, vomit,kool aid, berry stains, coffee, tea, cola, cosmetics, dairy products, food spills, fruit juice, grass, gravy, grime, ketchup, chocolate, pet stains, and spaghetti sauce. I know by now you’re desperate for the name of this wondrous product. Click here for the name of the product, and an instructional video on it’s use. I hope this helps you clean better, smarter, faster, and cheaper.

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Removing gum from carpets

Having many friends with children I get asked frequently how to remove chewing gum from carpets. Having two daughters myself I’ve never figured out how the gum gets from the their mouth into my carpet. The good news is it’s really easy to get out if you know how. The best way is to freeze the gum with a really great product I found called Gum Out. It’s made by a company in Illinois Claire Manufacturing. You spray the gum in the carpet for five seconds then pop it out using a teaspoon. If it doesn’t all pop out the first time spray the gum and repeat. I’ve heard about using ice cubes to freeze the gum , and I’m going to tell you it doesn’t work. It doesn’t freeze the gum, and all you end up with is a wet sticky mess.

     The other product I’ve found that works is made by Core Products out of Texas, and it’s called Citrus Gel. This product dissolves the gum. You need to work fast with this product, and have some rags handy to pull the gum out of the carpet. If you don’t it will dissolve it but it will run down into the backing of the carpet. Aunt Patti understands gum occasionally will magically get in your carpet if you have little ones. Also another fact if you have more than one child you’ll find all are innocent of the crime. Good luck , and for more cleaning tips, and tricks check out my website at www.askauntpatti.com

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Using salt to remove pet urine in carpet

I recently learned one of the major network morning shows featured a guest who recommended cleaning pet urine out of carpet with salt. The recommendation was to dump salt on the pet urine then vacuum it up with your vacuum. I don’t know where people get these crazy ideas. The saddest part of the story is a major television show would give someone a platform to spread this nonsense. First of all salt will not remove urine from carpet. The urine will soak down into the backing of the carpet, and provide a new favorite place for your pet to pee. You have to use a spot remover designed to remove pet stains, blot the stain out of the carpet, and continue this process until it’s out. Use a pet stain remover with an enzyme added to address any residual urine that ends up in the pad.

Lastly if you use your vacuum to suck up pet urine you stand a good chance of ruining your vacuum. Think about the urine you pick up being circulated through all the moving parts of your vacuum. Now imagine what the exhaust will smell like every time you turn the machine on. What do you think happens to the metal parts coming into contact with wet salt and urine. Rust, and corrosion is the answer. Also if you ever read your owners manual it says do not vacuum up wet with your vacuum as a danger of electrocution may occur. Mixing electricity, and moisture isn’t a good idea unless you’re using a wet/dry vacuum. Aunt Patti had to address this crazy recommendation. I’ve been in the business of cleaning almost my entire life, and I’m still amazed at the crazy things people will try. If you want real professional solutions to your cleaning problems visit my web site at www.askauntpatti.com

                                        Aunt Patti

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Pet Stains in Carpet, and How to Remove

Many of us have pets, and unfortunately they sometimes leave us unexpected presents. I’m going to give you step by step procedures on how to get it out of your carpet. The first thing you need to do upon discovering the accident is to remove as much as possible by picking it up or if it’s liquid by blotting it up with an absorbent towel. I’ve found putting as much pressure as possible even standing on the towel laid over the spot is best. Remember if it’s liquid the stain has run all the way through to the padding and you’re trying to draw it up and out. After you have removed as much as you can it’s time to use a spotter designed for pet stains. Make sure the product contains an enzyme. I’ll explain why later. Before you apply spotter to the stain have absorbent towels or rags at the ready. Spray the spot thoroughly and with the back of a metal spoon agitate the stain working it towards the center of the stain. This is so you don’t spread it. As soon as you see the spot releasing from the carpet fibers blot using clean towels. Rotate the towel to a clean area on the towel so you don’t reapply the stain to the carpet. Continue this process until it’s all removed. Lastly rinse the area with a little clean water and blot again.

   The reason you want a spot remover with enzyme is if you have residue from the accident it’ll digest the bacteria. Also you need to make sure there’s an odor counteractant in the spotter. The reason is animals have an acute sense of smell, and if they smell where they went in your carpet it’ll become their new favorite bathroom spot. The product we’ve had the best success with is a product called Unbelievable Pet Stain Remover and it contains an enzyme.

     Lastly I want to speak to you about the magically reappearing stain. This is what we call a spot that you clean but comes back. What’s happening is the stain has run down into the backing of the carpet. You need to reapply the spotter and use your absorbent towels to keep drawing the substance up and out.  That’s why I tell folks to draw the stains out with absorbent towels. In the carpet cleaning industry it’s called wicking and I’m sure you can get more detailed information about it on line. Sometimes with old stains or really bad ones you need to repeat this process to get it all out. Trust me if you follow this process you will get it all out. If you’d like to see a video demonstration of this and the product I use go to www.askauntpatti.com . I hope this helps you.

                                                      Aunt Patti

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