Posts Tagged ‘Carpet’

Potential Sources for Mildew Odor in a Bedroom

Dear Home-Ec 101, There is a musty / mildew smell in my home, but I’m having issues locating the source of the smell. As far as I can tell, it’s restricted to one bedroom. I’ve examined all of my clothing, removed the air conditioner, checked all of the furniture, and even the air ducts. I’m guessing…

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Taking Care Of Your Floors: A Home-Ec 101 Guide

The floor of a home is the canvas that family life gets lived on. Sometimes it is a fresh clean canvas and other times it is full of stains and spots. It often gets overlooked, but keeping it in good shape does improve the room. Here are some articles about taking care of flooring; there are…

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How Often Do I Have to Vacuum Anyway?

Dear Home Ec 101, How often should you vacuum? I want to know to settle a debate and I’m going to have to vacuum my friend’s place if I’m wrong. And can you tell us WHY I’m right? Sincerely, I May Be OCD but at Least my Carpet Tracks are Straight Heather says: Friendly wagers on…

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Getting Rid of Pet Urine Odor in Carpet

Dear Home-Ec 101, I recently officially moved out of my parents house. I was living in a condo while at school, but  got a house with my fiance, and have been moving a lot of my old stuff from their house into our new home. While I was away at college though, my sister’s cats…

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How to Clean Your Carpet: Carpet Care 101

Dear Home-Ec 101, What is your recommendation for having carpet professionally steam cleaned (whether to do so, and, if so, how frequently)? In other words, can you tell me how to clean my carpet? Signed, Dingy in Dillon Heather says: The basics of carpet cleaning are pretty standard. However, it is important to adhere to your…

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How to Eliminate Shoe Odors in Small Closets

Dear Home-Ec 101: I just did some awesome cleaning in my closet and swapped out my winter for summer stuff. I noticed my closet has a funky shoe odor. I googled it and saw a lot of ideas for getting rid of the shoe smell, but I trust Home-Ec 101 ideas more. Signed, Imelda Marco…

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How to Remove Rust from Carpet

Dear Home Ec 101, I recently moved some furniture only to discover rust rings on my carpet. Can you help me figure out how to safely remove the rust stains from my carpeting? Thanks! Rusty in Rucksburg Heather says: Whatever you do, do not get chlorine bleach anywhere near the rust stains. Bleach sets rust…

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Cats in the Carpet

Dear Home-Ec 101, Our cat marks all areas of our house by peeing especially when another animal comes to visit or where she last marked. We are at our wit’s end…. is there any solution to this problem? Signed, Kitty Mama in Kalamazoo Ivy says: I know way more about cat behavior than any normal…

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How To Remove Grass Stains and Puppy Pee

Dear Home-Ec 101, My daughter has a grass stain on her pretty little, made with love by Grandma, Easter dress. How can I get it out before we see Grandma again? My 13 year old dog has recently urinated on our carpet, for reasons unknown to us. How can I get that horrible odor out…

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Carpet Care: Can It Be Saved?

Please help me, ladies! We’ve been in our new townhouse for about eight months. We have neutral-colored wall-to-wall style carpet in our living room. There are a couple of stains from who knows what – beer spillage, chocolate drool from a friend’s happy baby, etc. I spot-treated them (the stains, not the babies) and sometimes…

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Cleaning Up After the Dog Pees on the Linoleum

Dear Home-Ec 101, How do you get chewed up plastic off the carpet? My puppy and my big dog chew everything! When I had hardwood it was easy. . . carpet, not so much. Also, I have trained the puppy for the most part to pee outside, except for one area of the house. She…

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A Naptime Diaper Travesty

Dear Home Ec 101: My daughter shredded her diaper before I knew she was awake.  There are diaper crystals everywhere!  The room smells like pee, can I vacuum it?  I never knew a diaper had that much stuff. Horrified in Helena Heather says: Ay yi yi, there is nothing like body fluids to start a…

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Poop + Carpet = Nasty Mess

Dear Home-Ec 101, What is the best way to clean diarrhea off of carpet? I’ll spare you the exact details, but let’s just say it’s pretty heinous. Signed, Poopy in Peewauket Ivy says: Oh, dear. Clearly, your day has been crappier than mine, so I shall cut out the bad puns and get right down…

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