I’ve been a cat owner for 17 years, and over that time you get used to cats getting sick, and when they do, it always seems to be right in the middle of the floor. For years, I’ve tried various ways to clean up the mess, but more often than not, I’d still be left with a stain. The worst was in my condo when I got new carpet that looked darker on the sample sheet than it was when they installed it. Nearly white carpet simply doesn’t last too long with cats.
But our house has beige carpet. It’s not in the best of shape, as it’s the original carpet that was put in 1999 when the house was built, but the previous owners actually took good care of it and we have tried to keep it up as well.
We’ve had it cleaned several times since we moved in, and I’ve used different carpet cleaning outfits that did an OK job, but none that really wowed me…that is until this past winter when I found a one-man operation who did an absolutely fantastic job! His price was about half of what I was getting for full service (cleaning, ScotchGuard), and he spent twice as long in my house getting things taken care of. As I watched him work, I noted that he worked on our carpets as if they were his very own. My wife even observed that there were areas which had spots since we moved in which were now clean.
Since stains that go down into the padding tend to re-appear over time, I don’t expect miracles, but it was still nice to see our carpet look better than when we moved in, which is a pretty big feat since we had put five and a half years of wear, and quite a few kitty messes along the way.
As we talked about the cats and their effects on the carpet, he gave me some tips.