Help! Carpet cleaning tips required

Unfortunately, I brought something nasty in on the bottom of my shoe from the marina site, and despite our best efforts with advertised carpet cleaners (Vanish, soap flakes, and carpet cleaner sprays/foams), we can’t shift it.
The carpet is a pale green and the offending stain is clay based.
Any ideas anyone?
Would appreciate your input.
Thanks.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and have a terrible sweet tooth for jelly babies or fruit pastilles. Best friends are Hubby, our dog Maggie, Bro in NZ, MSM and MOH (and his dog). I am also a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we were once again house hunting until September. We now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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12 Responses to Help! Carpet cleaning tips required

  1. colinandray says:

    It sounds like the stain may be petroleum based if regular cleaners don’t move it. Perhaps rubbing alcohol? Highly recommend trying any ideas on a small piece of carpet first… just in case! πŸ™‚

  2. scifihammy says:

    Sorry I’m no help here. Sometimes even professional cleaners cannot entirely eliminate a stain.
    I wish you good luck. πŸ™‚

  3. foguth says:

    We had red clay when we lived in SC. Wash the stained area of carpet with warm water and liquid dishwashing soap (approximately 1 tbsp. of soap to 2 cups of water – I generally use Dawn, but don’t know if that is available where you are). Use a clean cloth to blot at the stain with the soapy water; don’t scrub or rub. Remove as much of the red clay as possible. Then apply ammonia and vinegar to remove the last traces of red clay. Use this process carefully and work slowly to avoid damaging carpet fibers. Mix ammonia and water (2 tbsp. of ammonia to 1 cup of lukewarm water) and dampen a clean cloth with the solution. Gently blot at the red clay stain with the cloth. Next, mix a solution of white vinegar and water and repeat the blotting process (1 cup of vinegar to 2 cups of water).
    It’s a pain-in the you-know-what, but unless the clay is mixed with something else, this should work.

    • Thank you very much.We have white vinegar but not ammonia. Have been in touch with MSM and she says she has a professional company she and her sister uses. We intend to pay for their services of course.

  4. Issue is quite simple. The chief reason for the reoccurrence of the spots is that there is still some residual spotting material left in it that you didn’t get out. Try to clean it deeply with hot water extraction, it will help a lot. And, first and foremost thing to consider is NEVER to use any product that has the term OXI in it. It is because there is slow oxidizing bleach in these products and these can permanently take out the color from your carpet leaving white spots over the treated area. Be sure before applying any of chemical product to clean that stain.

  5. David says:

    If you are unable to remove the spot with general cleaners id recommend patching it.

    • Sadly this would not be an option as it is in a prominent place and this part is in one piece. It is intended to get a professional cleaner in who will do the complete carpet upstairs and down, and we will contribute to the cost.

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