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Clean carpet?

Decided to do our crazy winding staircase and the family room tug here at home today.  Started with where I last left off, in there tiny bedrooms and closer upstairs.  Mixed the tank of hot water and rug solution, and fastened the detail hose and nozzle.

 

This was only the second time I have used this big commercial machine I invested in last year.  First time for the detail attachment.  Other than manhandling the honking heavyweight thing, with quite a load of water in the tanks, down stairs that are better suited to a mountain goat than a middle-aged woman with questionable knees, it was very easy to manage. 

 

The good wool rug that cushions the family room floor had taken a good deal of sticky abuse for you know who.  It looks like new now.

 

Hopefully tomorrow,  I will.get the hallway done, too.  This machine has such good d auction, the rug felt barely damp when I got done.  No soggy socks.

 

I know carpets take it hard in a farmhouse.  I have never been so satisfied with a carpet shampoo machine.  When your rugs need a scrub, do you DIY, or hire it done?  

 

 

  

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Senior Contributor

Re: Clean carpet?

We don't have a lot of carpet but I it's DTY. What brand do you have? Not really happy with mine.

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Use caution....Kawasaki's (sp) Disease in children has been linked to carpet cleaning.  May want to keep Winn away for a week or so until chemical residue is dissipated.  

 

I only just leaned of this after my great-nephew spent three days in PICU in Rochester with suspected Kawasaki's.

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I finally caved in, and bought the really giid Bissell one off of amazon, about a year ago. With the rental houses to keep, too, it made sense. This one has big tanks and weighs a ton...much like the commercial types. One pass through two houses will pay firbit, compared to paying for shampooing services.

I woukd say this one was too heavy for me on the steps by myself yesterday. I will take the tanks off, or movevit empty, from now on. It was literally dragging me down the steps, and got away from me a bit. Not my best move!

Tenants have to clean carpets, or it comes out of their deposit, now. Atbthe moment, we have three that appear settled well, one house just relisted with the agent. She is chasing the shortterm tenants, who abandoned it, when they broke up. Thy have $10,000 left on their lease.

I know they left owing the electric company ovef $500, since the notice was stuck in the door Thursday, with the shutoff. The guy finally stuck the last set if keys in the realtir's door after hours on Tuesday.

They have cost us one month's rebpnt, and some yardwork and cleaning costs so far...the deposit will cover most of that. Once we get it rented again, and know how many months they cost us, the realtor will sue for a judgment. She admitted she should have gotten the girl's mother to co-sign for the rent. If she had, we wouldn't lose a cent.

I am bummed that we missed the school year starting market, but it is what it is now. At least the house just looks like it needs a half-day's cleaning, at worst.

Wish younluck in court with your tenant. She is going to try to make you sound like a slumlord. If you have before and after photos, be sure to take them for the judge to examine.

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Honored Advisor

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Thanks for the heads up. I did it early Saturday, not expecting him until Monday. Maybe I will wait on the hallway until the day before our short vacation.
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we have used both a bissel carpet cleaner from Walmart and a rug doctor rental.  The rug doctor rental did a much better job of cleaning my daughter's dining room carpet.  The carpet in my house just needs to come out.  Some of it is loose, one place has a dog /cat stain that will not come out even with professional cleaner that came in.  The dog problem was from my inlaws dog that lived there and then when my cat got declawed, he decided that was the place to go.  Got that one figured out and stopped.  My carpets are lets see.....1980...so that is 33 years???!!!  Hmm...it could be three years before I get new carpet/flooring.  Unless I tear it out someday myself, and I only want to tear out the dining room end right now, but need somehow to attach the carpet coming from the living room to the dining room...I am sure DH could do it if he wanted to...but I am sure he doesn't want to.

 

 

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You need a transition strip. Lowes sells them. It might be good to tack the edge before you cut away the seam there now.
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