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Author Topic: can you recommend a good carpet shampoo for cleaning machines?  (Read 4029 times)
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Sandi K
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« on: November 26, 2011, 04:06:22 PM »

Sophs has been having a bout of diarrhea and then threw up this morning.  She is doing OK, Im pretty, sure, she just seems to have these episodes every so often.  We ran out of carpet shampoo and the one bought to replace it with doesnt seem to be the same and it seems to maybe be lightly bleaching our carpet. ugh.  So for those of you with a cleaning machine, can you tell me what shampoo you use?  Im looking for one that is non-toxic without a smell to it.   Undecided
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« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2011, 04:12:10 PM »

Sorry to hear about Sophers, Sandi.  I hope she feels better soon.  And sorry to hear that you have so much cleaning to do.

I don't know of any cleaning shampoo that doesn't have some smell, but  then, I'm always using the enzyme pet odor remover ones. 
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« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2011, 04:35:45 PM »

catbird, can you put the enzyme ones in a cleaning machine? 
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« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2011, 04:41:42 PM »

has anyone tried this one?  http://www.nontoxic.com/purewoolcarpets/nontoxiccleaners.html  I dont think our carpet is wool but I guess it would still be OK to use?   
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« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2011, 04:42:48 PM »

Yes, I put them in mine.  Some are already mixed with the shampoo and come as "pet odor remover rug shampoo" or something like that.  Others you buy as a separate additive and put a small amount in with your regular carpet cleaning product.  Here's one kind that's pre-mixed, and can be used in all machines:

http://www.petco.com/product/108215/Natures-Miracle-Advanced-Deep-Cleaning-Carpet-Shampoo.aspx

Don't know about using the wool cleaning one, but I think it would be OK.
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« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2011, 05:04:33 PM »

The wool cleaner looks fine, but very $$. You can't use enzyme cleaners on wool or silk, but if your carpets aren't wool the other brands are cheaper. I use whatever I get on sale with a coupon, they all have chemicals that aren't good for us or the pets. I use 1/4 the amount called for & add the same amount of an enzyme cleaner & use very hot water. It works just as well & I don't have a perfumey smell or buildup of suds. Even if your machine doesn't tell you to, rinse ! Rinse with plain hot water several times to get rid of the chemicals & odor. I vacuum, then shampoo, then rinse 2-3 times & then extract only at least twice. The peroxide/baking soda/ with a few drops of lemon juice & dish detergent works well as a pre-treatment for spots. Don't use it on dark carpets. The original oxyclean mixed with hot water works well for a pre treatment too, but again not on dark carpets. Out makes a hardwood spray cleaner with enzymes now for hardwood floors too. If your carpet is dark the best pretreatment is an undyed window cleaner before shampooing.
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« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2011, 06:47:58 PM »

I use OxyClean in my Hoover Steamvac.  It doesn't take much and it works well.  Just spot check first to make sure it's not going to bleach anything out.

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« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2011, 04:44:11 PM »

The original OxyClean, as Mikken mentioned, works super great. I removed stains from my rug in my one car that had been in there before I owned it. Took out grease, etc. and did not bleach the carpet. Used it on my wood deck and it brought the wood back to the original color, like it had just been installed, and didn't hurt one blade of grass from rinsing off the deck. Would spot test in an area should you decide on the OxyClean.

The other oxyclean products in the dollar stores, etc. I would not trust to not bleach the carpet and some do not work at all very well from the dollar stores.
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« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2011, 06:53:05 AM »

Sandi, how is Sophers doing?  Have the diarrhea and vomiting stopped?
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« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2011, 08:12:32 AM »

Well no more vomiting and we are waiting on a verdict on the diarrhea.  It seems to not be every day so its hard to tell.  Yesterday's was good but so was a few days ago and then she had diarrhea again so today's might tell us more....or not.  It just seems to be a continuing intermittent problem for Sophs.  But she is eating OK and playing, yesterday she had mousey out and was flipping it around and jumped in the air with it holding it between her 2 front paws, it was cool, both DH and said wow, when we saw it  Shocked!  She is so dexterous that we are thinking about getting her one of those puzzle games that they use for dogs, where they put treats under it and the dogs knocks the cover off with their nose.   Cheesy   
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« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2011, 10:23:24 AM »

Ha, if she's that dextrous, you should have HER cleaning the carpet Grin
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« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2011, 10:51:49 AM »

ROFL, do they make teensy weensy cleaner machines? Good idea!  Grin     
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« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2011, 03:11:21 PM »

I'm glad Sophers is playful and no doubt feeling better!
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