Blue’s really sorry about the cream carpet.

As you all know by now, this is Blue.

We love Blue.

Very Much Indeed.

And yet, we know she is not blessed with elegance, agility, or any kind of common sense whatsoever.
(she gives great hugs though)

A year ago we were out for a few hours – during which time, Blue was unwell.
And when I say ‘unwell’, I mean she was sicker than a sick thing, with a terrible stomach bug that made her insides become her outsides, both ends at once, at great and uncontrollable speed.

She sleeps in the breakfast room, which has a laminate floor, and adjoins the kitchen, which has a tiled floor. Neither of which is a coincidence; when you have a new puppy in the house, you make their bedroom in the rooms that are the easiest to clean unwanted bodily fluids from.

Sadly, though, she decided that in our absence, she’d better not mess up her bedroom. So she broke into the (deliberately closed) sitting room, and used the large welcoming expanse of cream wool carpet as her toilet bowl.

I have never seen a sicker dog.

Or a more messed up carpet.

I spent Three hours scrubbing on hands and knees the first night.

A further two hours with a scrubbing brush the next day, going back over it (not to mention the three days with doors and windows open to eradicate the stench).
Eventually, a professional carpet clean later… the smell is finally gone, but the remains of the stains are with us forever (did you know that neither Home Contents nor Pet Insurance cover damage from vomit or faeces? No, us either. We do now though).

But it appears I needn’t have spent quite so much time on my knees with the scrubbing brush and a toxic-scented mash-up of all my cleaning fluids in the hopes that something would work. Because those carpet-clever folk at Carpetright have worked with those stain-clever folk at Dr Beckmann and come up with a simple solution that they promise will work…

Of course polypropylene carpets can be cleaned with a bleach mix (which is why they’re always recommended for their practicality – perfect for busy family homes, polypropylene has remained popular fora reason). But if, like us, you plumped for wool… then things used to be a lot trickier.

Lots of cleaning products actually leave unsightly marks themselves – so you clean a stain to create a new one. When you’re a busy family (especially one with a useless and accident-prone dog too…), keeping carpets stain-free is a road to impossibility of course, so we all need a solution.
Dr Beckmann Carpet Stain Remover has been awarded Which? Magazine’s prestigious ‘Best Buy’ and ‘Best Value’ awards for two years in a row, and can successfully deal with an array of stains that are familiar with family households up and down the country. Its revolutionary cleaning system uses a brush that allows the fluid to penetrate deep into the heart of the stain, whilst also neutralising odours (*cough* making it perfect to deal with ‘pet accidents’).

(humour aside, Blue really was incredibly ill; she took 48hrs before she could keep a little water down, and a full 5 days before she could retain any solid food. But she made a full recovery, and was soon her usual galumphing self again. If you have a pet with sickness & diarrhoea, do get them checked. It’s often just a bug but occasionally can be a sign of something much more sinister)





Author: Laura

A 70's child, I’ve been married for a Very Long Time, and appear to have made four children, and collected one large and useless dog along the way. I work, I have four children, I have a dog… ergo, I do not do dusting or ironing. I began LittleStuff back in (gulp) 2004. I like huge mugs of tea. And Coffee. And Cake. And a steaming cone of crispy fresh fluffy chips, smothered in salt and vinegar. #healthyeater When I grow up I am going to be quietly graceful, organised and wear lipstick every day. In the meantime I *may* have a slight butterfly-brain issue.

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