Ancient Chinese secret, huh?

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

This was the end of an old Calgon laundry detergent commercial, and if you don't remember it, I've included the old commercial within this post. But, are there secrets to getting your carpet clean for when you are trying to show the best side of your home?

I have kids and when I had carpets, the worst sound I could hear was when that plastic cup, that I knew was full of some dark colored Kool-Aid, hit the floor. I knew I was going to have a stain forever, and if you are trying to sell your home, your two choices were new carpet, or a really nice rug that comes with the home when you sold it. (Neither are really great choices.)

Well, my mother is a pretty smart cookie and being a kindergarten teacher knows some old tricks to get those stains up before the $0.10 Kool-Aid turned in to a $3000 new carpet.

1. You take about 1/3 cup liquid dishwashing detergent and mix it with a cup of luke warm water. (Don't get the water too hot - Mom said that could shrink the carpet)

2. Find a white cloth towel (White so you don't cause bleeding of other colors from the cloth on to the carpet)

3. Now start to blot the stain from the outside in with the detergent solution.

4. The next step is to have another bowl of just plain luke warm water.

5. Repeat steps 1 through 3 with the plain water solution and the new clean white cloth.

6. Take a third clean white cloth and put it over the stain pressing down to absorb as much of the water you just cleaned with, back up.

Now if this doesn't work completely which it usually did (Once with grape Kool-Aid, I had to take these additional steps)

7. Using an Ammonia and water solution and blotting the spot followed by a vinegar and water solution until the stain is completely gone.

Now, if all this fails then your $0.10 packet of Kool-Aid may cost you $3000 for a new carpet, but I'm really hoping my dear old mom can help you with her ancient Chinese secret.



Todd Clark - Broker / Sales Coach
Palazzo Realty Group
Phone: (503)524-9494
Fax: (503)622-8739

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Rainmaker
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Lisa Ryan
Selling Princeton,West Windsor and Montgomery Town
Callaway Henderson Sotheby's International Realty

 

Todd~ you and your mom are smart cookies.  I learned that you've got to get the mess cleaned up quickly or else!!

February 12, 2008 12:56 AM
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Thesa Chambers
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon
Alpine Real Estate
Todd - I have 9 grandsons - and picture this one - a quart of mustard dumped on a brand new champange colored carpet - can you say - grandma isn't happy - it has taken me 3 years to get the mustard off the carpet - because the mom - did not know to scoop up the mess before grabbing the carpet shampooer - so she just mashed it into the carpet... I was thrilled - NOT -
February 13, 2008 12:41 AM
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Todd Clark
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Roberta - It was funny, that is why I had to use it!

Katerina - No koolaid? I would have died - lol

Marlene - I remember LOC! Good old Amway, I hear they are still around, but under a new name now.

Fran - That is cool that you worked for them, I am assuming the ones without oils?

Lisa - Quickly is the key!

Thesa - NINE? WOW, Thanksgiving must be real crazy at your house! Mustard can even stain hardwoods if you don't clean it up quickly, that stuff is bad! But, you say the stain is gone now? For the record...Horse prints don't fade quit as quickly as Mustard...
http://activerain.com/blogsview/94286/What-STUPID-things-did

February 14, 2008 10:54 AM
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Lynn Krogseng
Keller Williams Premier Partners

Your blog title caught my eye! I remember that commercial.  And kool-aid and what great popcicles they made.

Ha! I'm realizing I just learned something else from you - responding to blog comments in one comment of your own.  Very clever!

But, I don't understand the reference to 'horse prints'

June 28, 2008 01:42 AM
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Lynn,

Here is a link to the article about the horse prints, if you promise not to laugh at me!
http://activerain.com/blogsview/94286/What-STUPID-things-did

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