How to remove stains in carpets.?

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Hi, My husband is a construction worker. Every time he comes back from work, he’s covered with all kinds of dust and dirt like mud, cement etc.. He always walks in with his shoes on, all the way to the bathroom leaving his shoe prints on the carpet. I try my best to clean it off with all my efforts. But it still leaves a stain. It doesn’t go off that easily. I am tired of cleaning it all day.
One of my friends suggested that I should go and hire a professional carpet cleaning service. She uses a cleaning service that comes on a weekly basis and is affordable too. They are fast and discreet. So, I was thinking of hiring one. But I'm not sure if I should do that. If anyone has any other suggestion on this matter, please let me know.

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  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Dec 17, 2017
    For this number of clean-ups it would make sense to buy a steam cleaner. I use mine monthly, but instead of using a commercial carpet shampoo, I use an oxigenated powder. My favorite is Awesome Orange (or OxyClean). I add one scoop to warm water in the canister and it cleans perfectly. On really tough stains, I put this solution on an old t-shirt and scrub. Then I use the carpet shampooer.

  • My dad was in construction too. He would never have done this to my mom. Get him to at least take his shoes off before coming in the house. My dad had an air compressor in the garage, if he couldn't get at least somewhat cleaned up on the job site, he would go in the garage and get of the big stuff off. Then take his shoes off at the back door and head straight for the shower. If hiring a carpet service makes your life easier, hire the service. When he learns to be a bit neater, then you can get rid of the service. My ex hubby is also in a construction type trade, yes they can get yucky. He would take off his shoes before coming in the house and also head straight for the shower. Here in CA the houses are not typically built with mudroom, even though, in my opinion, everyone can use a mudroom in one way or another. To me a mudroom/laundry room would be ideal, for kids and pets it would be so helpful. Anyway, just talk to him, explain the situation and I bet he will be more considerate in the future.

  • Brandi Lynn Brandi Lynn on Dec 17, 2017
    I have two - neither is about what pains husbands (yep I've got one too) with no consideration are either lol - lay a plastic runner for hi. To walk on and pull it up when has finally made it to the bathroom or pull it up when company comes. Much easier and cheaper than a pro. I have white carpet and 6 furbabies, 2 sons, 1 grandson & a husband so I totally needed something on a daily basis. A friend and I were walking in home depot (my favorite place) she told me to try an instant spray cleaner, spray and done - no vacuum or scrubbing. Now, I'm a disbelieve from the get go, mainly because how can it disappear with no effort? I bought a random can while there, took it home and BAM clean and fresh - not kidding. It's a bit pricy for me so I tried the 99 can't store one and while it did what it said it would I could tell it wasn't as good as the one a grabbed in HD.

  • Dfm Dfm on Dec 17, 2017
    house rule number 1- shoes off at the door. shoe rack available. house rule number 2 stinky dirty clothes you will shower at the lower level and wash the clothes you had on and the towel wash cloth when done getting dressed in the fresh duds.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Dec 17, 2017
    My hubby loves to putter in the garage, past lives was a mechanic and mostly a truck driver. He would at least take his shoes off at the door. If we had a coneected garage, he would take the greasy clothes off in the garage. We don't anymore, so when he cuts grass he ses the blower/vacuum to get most of the grass of his pants, shoes and socks are off before he leaves the door, and if he still has a lot of flotsam and jetsom on his pants, they drop by the door, too. It took years to train him to do this, but after he had to do the vacuuming and cleaning any grease or dirt up from the floor and in the bathroom, he started realizing the mess he had been making and changed. Now that he is retired, he has even taken on a few chores he would never do before, or at least help with them.

  • James thomson James thomson on Jul 31, 2018
    i can tell you that you should buy a steam vacuum

  • Margaret T. Margaret T. on Jul 31, 2018

    Explain to your husband that it costs a lot to keep the carpet clean and you would like him to take his shoes and overalls if he wears them off at the door. This might help persuade him. Or simply say you are now going to be a shoe free house and remind him everytime he wears his shoes inside. Good luck.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on May 01, 2022

    Use 1/4 cup of white vinegar, 1 tbsp. of Dawn dish soap, and fill with water. Spray area liberally and let soak for 5-10 minutes and then proceed with blotting with a clean, dry towel until stain is removed. Some carpet stain removal products can be of great benefit for combating many types of carpet stains.