Hey there! I decided to start a new series this summer (while my schedule is a little lighter) that I’m calling… I Tried a Pin! I’ve pinned so many great-sounding ideas over the months that I’ve found at Pinterest and I wanted to give them a try. So my goal is to try one each week over the next couple months and see how they really work.
This week I tried out this pin that said using ammonia, hot water and an iron could remove stains from your carpet.
Ok… first off I have to let you know that I have old, cheap carpet! This carpet was here when we moved in almost 5 years ago. I’m sure it was the cheapest option – the carpet that comes when you don’t do an upgrade carpet. It was not in great shape when we moved in, but we figured our youngest was barely two-years-old at the time and that we’d wait a while and then replace the flooring.
Well… years later and with no extra $$$ that carpet is still there and with 3 kiddos it is in even worse shape now… so don’t be too scared when I show you the pics.
I know… gross! This is the worst area… right behind the kiddos’ stools and the entrance from the backyard… double trouble.
So the necessary gear… a hot iron, a spray bottle with 1 part HOT water and 1 part ammonia and some rags.
Spray the spots liberally… I gave mine a good soaking.
Cover the sprayed, spotted area with a rag and rub the area with the hot iron. The site said to repeat if needed. My carpets NEEDED it… so repeat I did… a few times.
And this is what I had at the end…
Now I could tell from my rags that dirt was coming up… they were well spotted… but I’ve got to be honest… I was hoping for more.
Here’s a side-by-side:
You can definitely tell it’s better and it is improved… and if your carpet isn’t poor quality and overly used it might make a bigger improvement for you too.
For me, it wasn’t enough to make me daily consider ripping out my carpet and staining the concrete.
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