One of the things that I have been extremely grateful for since moving home is the hard floors that we have throughout the downstairs of our house. It is something that I have always wanted – mainly because dropping anything on carpeted floor is a complete and utter nightmare and I speak from a number of experiences over the years.
The first stems from when I had just turned twelve and started to experiment with make-up on a more regular basis (the first time was when I must have been around 5 and my sister and I got into my Godmothers room and decided to open up her make-up bag!). I can remember dropping eye shadow on my bedroom carpet as well as lipstick and then, even worse that that, nail varnish. Definitely a nightmare anywhere near carpets!
But is there anything worse than nail varnish? (which did eventually come off without my mum finding out – until now!). Yes. I give you oil paint! I cannot even begin to tell you what a nightmare that was. I had decided to paint a picture of our house for my father for his birthday. I went to great lengths to blend it all and getting it to look as realistic as possible, without realising the mistake of dropping some brown paint on the floor. For years I covered this up with my dressing table stool and I am not sure if my mum ever realised! (Again, until now!).
The other rather vivid memory of dropping anything on a floor was at a friend’s party she held at her house whilst her parents were away. Yep, that’s the type – the ones where you don’t tell them! Anyway, the record pile was high and the cider and red wine were in full flow. At one stage I can recall dancing on the hardwood floor to ‘You Don’t Have to Take Your Clothes Off’ by Jermaine Stewart and feeling more like I was Gene Kelly dancing to ‘Singing in the Rain’ such was the amount of drink that had been spilt on the floor!
I can remember my poor friend. Cathy, panicking about her parents finding out and we all spent the following day helping to clear up the mess. Thankfully none of the red wine made it’s way onto the carpet and it managed to stay contained on the hard wood floor. I dread to think what would’ve happened if that had been carpet though! I think this is the first time I realised that wood flooring was a good option!
The last time I experienced any serious problems was when I moved in with Ross in Wokingham. His lounge carpet was very thick and that, coupled with two house cats, meant that it was full of nasties! It only go worse when one of them decided to have a rather horrible tummy bug and leave us a big splat of a present in the corner of the dining area. Not good!
Thankfully, times have changed, things have moved on and products have improved. One of the names that I have often turned to when needing a cleaning product is Dr Beckmann – mainly for cleaning my washing machine – but they also make a carpet cleaning product which leaves no marks.
Stains on carpets can involve all the things I have mentioned above as well as curry, chocolate and other foods and knowing that many cleaning products will leave some sort of mark themselves and may not even remove the stain at all is a worry. But Carpetright and Dr Beckmann Carpet Stain Remover is different. Their cleaning system is revolutionary in the fact that it uses a brush which allows the fluid to penetrate deep into the heart of the stain, at the same time as neutralising odours, making it perfect to deal with pet accidents (I wish we had had this back in our old house!).
Dr Beckmann have recently partnered with Carpetright to make a video about how this product works to help you judge for yourself and decide whether or not you want to give it a try – after all, what have you got to lose apart from a glass of wine?!
Have you experienced a horrible stain-ful experience? And how did you resolve it?
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