I am totally addicted to steam-cleaning the carpet in the living room. I made the highly questionable decision to use off-white when we bought this apartment and in the past 4 years it has gotten progressively more and more yick. I got a carpet cleaner a few years ago for Christmas but it has rotted away in the closet for quite some time since, let’s face it, slightly cleaner off-white rug doesn’t really do much in the way of gratification for the work. Plus I didn’t like the non-toxic solution I found, but mostly it felt like a lot of work for little result despite seeing how gray the dirty water was.
And then a month or so ago? Lucy knocked over a cup of coffee right in front of the couch and it left a huge stain. And Pickle’s IBS causes her to have farts wherein sometimes poop and/or leaks out. And they both puke. And I can’t always get the rug scrubbed right away, which causes smells and bacteria and the like.
So I got a SpotBot. And I love it. Lucy, Chico and I watched it motor away on some of the stains in front of the couch. And today I got out the big Bissell and ran it not once but twice. And the carpet may not look that much better, but you cannot even imagine how gross the water was when I went to dump it. I mean, holy crap. I may not be the most immaculate person in the world, but I do clean up stuff that falls on the carpet and stuff. And then it hit me.
New York City is a dirty place, even out here in the Outer Boroughs. The charcoal gray isn’t because I don’t clean enough, it’s because there is four years of city grime ground into the carpet. Thus is born a new rule:
No more shoes in this house. I mean it. I had intended for this to be a rule right from the start but my complete mental freakout shortly after we moved in ended up taking precendence over the poor, poor carpets.
And I’m officially rescinding my no conventional cleaner rule to get this carpet cleaned up unless one of y’all has a hippy alternative that really works. My machine is one of the cheapo Bissell uprights (and the pet SpotBot.) I use Kids n Pets for spot cleaning–will that work in a machine?
I’ll tell ya, there’s this rule in NYC about having a certain amount of your space covered by rugs or carpet and this is one of those times I really regret being such a stickler for rules. My life would be SO MUCH EASIER if we could just go with the parquet floors.