I have a very stubborn stain in my den rug. I don't know if I have ruined my chances for getting it out while trying a couple of different cleaners to try to remove it --
Is there anything you would recommend -- will your general cleaner (vinegar, borax, etc.) help or maybe you have another suggestion.
Hey Sandra! You can try a few things but remember using a commercial cleaner can set a stain. One question first- any idea what it could be? Dirt, grease, food- just a general idea would help.
I have used more than one commercial cleaner on this spot and I was afraid that I have set the stain. I have no idea what originally caused the stain. We enter the house through an outer entryway and then into the den -- and the stain is within the first couple of steps into the den. So, I assume that it is something that was brought in from outside.It really bugs me because it is the first thing I notice when I walk into the house!!!
Hoping you might have a solution.
Okay - let's start simple. Lets combine some borax (3 tbs) in some hot water (heat water in microwave) and get it to dissolve. Then add some club soda and top it off with 2 tbs baking soda. This should not be a paste. Place some on a clean white rag and work from the edge of the stain in. See if you get some of the stain to come off on the rag. Do not pour the mixture on the stain - it might bleed out into a bigger spot. Keep blotting and let me know if anything comes off. (this recipe is from my book:
The Joy of Green Cleaning)
Leslie, What can I say? I feel that you have given me a great gift! This solution has removed the stain -- and I had a couple of other little ones in my living room that I have been fighting with for some time -- and IT WORKED ON THEM, TOO. You are a wealth of information. I am looking forward to receiving my Joy of Cleaning book. I want to thank you for giving me the time and attention and in such a timely manner.
You are awesome. I will be sure to spread the word to any of my friends who care about a clean house and convince them that there is a safe way.
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