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Question: what do you get when you cross a very active dog like Charlie with a very white rug? Unless you’re a neat freak with a lot of time on your hands to bathe the dog every day (which I am noticeably not), the answer is a rug that needs the occasional cleanup. I knew when I bought my new living room rug that I was probably going to have to step up my cleaning game, so I have streamlined the living room with three new items that are going to make things a little faster. The little bugger can’t even stay out of my staged shots. Case in point:

spot shot - behind the scenes - charlies feet just out of shot

Preventing & Treating Rug Stains

1. Charlie’s new toy basket

Remember how I mentioned my source for inexpensive (but pretty) storage baskets? I tend to pick them up in sets so I know that they are all the same size, but on my last trip, I found one on steep clearance but wasn’t sure if I had any others to match the same height/storage size. At first I thought I’d use it in the guest bathroom, but when it proved to be just a little too tall for the vanity, it found a new home in the corner of my living room for Charlie’s many stuffed, not-yet-fully-gutted toys.

toy basket for dog toys

While Charlie will happily drag out all of her toys whenever the mood suits her, it’s nice to have a place to quickly corral them (and keep slobber-soaked toys off the rug).

2. Pre-treating with a stain preventer

Most of the first floor in my house has laminate flooring, so I don’t often have to use rug cleaner (vacuum bags and cleaning sprays? you betcha). But since buying the new rug and the new sectional, I’ve got that obnoxious buyer behavior where I’m trying to keep everything pristine for as long as possible (because hello, I’ve waited long enough to have them!). I like to call it “New Car Syndrome” because I behaved pretty much the same way when I bought my SUV and flipped out the first time I found a ding from another driver’s door on the side. Not a great day for me.

Anyway, I first did what I could to make sure that if something falls on the carpet or Charlie tracks in muck, it won’t get as much opportunity to set in thanks to a spray-on stain preventer. It seems to have done a really good job so far, but I know it won’t be 100% fool proof and stains are bound to happen. Which is why I’ve added…

3. An easy rug cleaner stored directly in the living room

If avoiding cleaning were a sport, I could probably win the gold at the Olympics — I’m only going to do as little work as I possibly can. That’s how I wound up figuring out that if I just store my carpet cleaner in the living room instead of in the kitchen or closet, I will take care of the mess right away instead of getting sidetracked (and letting a stain sink in is kind of the opposite of what I’m trying to do).

I know that probably sounds ridiculous to those of you who are masters at cleaning, but 1. I really am that lazy sometimes if I’m working on a DIY project and 2. Knowing myself enough to focus on overcoming those simple details that have thwarted me in the past is how I came to have a well-organized entryway closet and a clean laundry room… so I know that it works for me. The bright colored cans aren’t necessarily a decorator’s favorite aesthetically, so I place them in a storage ottoman much like I did with detergents and other products in the laundry room (when I add the built-ins to the wall that separates the living room and dining room, it will be moved to the shelves and stored there).

dab the spot to lift stain

What I like specifically about Spot Shot® Instant Carpet Stain Remover is that it doesn’t need scrubbing. You spray it on and let it sit for a minute or two and dab it off with a clean towel (repeat if necessary, but I usually only have to do that if it’s something like spaghetti sauce). The cleaner also has stain preventer in it, so I won’t have to pretreat again.

spot shot carpet stain remover - before and after
random dirt & spaghetti sauce stains

My boyfriend saw me using it the other day and was surprised; not only because holy crap she’s actually cleaning, but apparently when he used to work as a project manager for a construction company, this was the product they would use to remove Georgia red clay (notoriously frustrating in the southeast) from carpets before they would turn the property over to the new owner. Good to know, since I’m also tracking a lot of dirt into the kitchen with some of the back yard’s garden improvements.

spot shot carpet stain remover product shot on white rug

And that — short and sweet — is how Charlie and the new rug are cohabitating without much fuss.

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  1. Wow have to give Spot Shot a whirl. We got stains fro all the rain we had on my white bedroom carpeting. Kind of like rusty and the occasional fireball hack gift.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. I’m going to try this spot stuff! For large areas (you can see by the track of dirt from the door to the kitchen from my dog Lucy) I use Resolve Rug Foam (they also have a “dog” spray). I spray on at night- scrub in with a damp mop if really bad-usually don’t cause I’m like you) go to bed and quickly vac in the morning. Seems like a lot of work but really isn’t and the results are great. The only other option was to put her swimming pool at he bottom of the stairs so she could rinse before coming in! So then there were wet paw prints all over the house…..love your new living room. Looks great.

  3. Thanks for sharing! I was looking for some product to use on my new rug because it can be really exhausting to maintain a white one clean.