When you have pets, it’s inevitable … at some point, you’re going to be cleaning up their messes. I don’t now about your pets, but if mine are going to vomit, they usually do it in the middle of the night. It’s because they like to torture me. I have been know to fly, ninja-style, out of my bed – still unconscious – to move the boys in the direction of a hard surface so it’s easier to clean up. Why is it that they always go for the carpet?!
But, sometimes, they’re stealthy … and I wake up to find a present in the middle of the rug.
You think I did it?
Hey, don’t look at me!
I suppose placing blame is not as important as getting the stain out … and besides, they both look so innocent!
I have never, in my nearly 20 years of dog cohabitation, found a carpet cleaner or stain remover that would lift that heinous yellow splotch from the rug … until now.
Meet my new friend, Unique Natural Products Carpet Shampoo + Stain Remover.
I first read about this carpet cleaner over at Roxy The Traveling Dog‘s blog. Mary’s description of it’s stain-busting powers left me skeptical … I’ve tried pretty much everything and nothing is that good. Unfortunately, I didn’t win the giveaway Mary was hosting, so when she and I met up for lunch, I pummeled her with questions: Did the product really work as well as she wrote? Really, how set in were those stains she’d removed? Had other products failed where this one was successful? Mary assured me that this carpet cleaner was the real deal and would be well worth my $13 investment.
So, I bought a bottle and waited for one of the boys to puke.
Happy day! On Monday we awoke to find a nice gift … right in the middle of the new rug. I couldn’t have planned it better myself. (Don’t worry, I’m not going to post pictures. I thought about it, but my proof reader and the keeper-of-all-things-decent on this blog shot me down.)
It was time to take the new stain remover out for a test drive! The first thing that surprised me was what’s in the bottle. They say it best themselves:
How it works: We use a blend of all-natural microbes to eliminate stains and odors the same way nature does. When you use chemicals to remove stains or odors you may be adding pollution to pollution. Using bacteria to remove odors and stains is nature’s way. We just speed up the process!
Unique Carpet Shampoo contains only non-pathogenic bacteria and is safe for humans, animals, and plant life. It’s biodegradable and safe to use on all surfaces that are not harmed by water.
The second thing that surprised me was how little it took to clean my carpet. Based on the directions for dilution, this solution is made to be used in the tank of an electric carpet cleaner. You’re supposed to mix four ounces of the product with each GALLON of water. Utilizing all my math skills, I quickly deduced that I’d need about four drops* from the 32 ounce bottle I purchased, combined with about a quarter cup of very warm water, to spot clean my rug. How could this possibly work?
Like I normally would, I removed all the solids from the top of the carpet and used a paper towel to absorb as much of the liquids as I could. (There, the gross part’s over.) I then dabbed on the carpet cleaner/water concoction with a sponge, covered the area with an old white towel that I’d gotten damp, and left it sit for the better part of the day. It was way too easy … no scrubbing, no sweating, no swearing? There’s no way it could possibly work.
That evening I picked up the towel and found the yellow splotch had adhered itself to the underside! Hope was beginning to creep in, but the rug was still damp and that could possibly conceal the stain. However, when morning came, there was absolutely no evidence of the previous morning’s mess!
As I said, I paid $13 for a 32 oz. bottle of the carpet cleaner – and that will probably last the rest of my lifetime. I found it at an Ace Hardware store (my understanding is that some Ace stores carry it, and some don’t.) If you’re interested in trying it, they also sell it on the company’s website.
Pets have an uncanny knack for divesting of their stomach contents at the most inconvenient times … the backseat of your car, your mother-in-law’s beige shag, the comfy sofa in your hotel room – namely, anytime you’re away from home! Do yourself a favor and get a small spray bottle from the travel section at the drug store, pour a bit of this carpet cleaning solution in the bottle, leaving enough room to add water for dilution, and pack it in your pet travel bag. You. Will. Not. Be. Sorry.
*In actuality, I didn’t measure out four drops. I just poured a bit from the bottle and called it close enough.
Disclosure: I purchased this product and was absolutely tickled with the results. I did not receive anything for free or accept any form of compensation for posting about it. In fact, the company doesn’t even know I’m writing this. I found it useful, and I just wanted to let you know about it. If you’re interested, you can find out more about our product review policies.