A little background:
Now that we have a garage, we come in the house through the utility room, which is tile, then enter the hallway, which is carpet. Beige carpet. Even with throw rugs at the doors, we were still tracking in dirt, and the constant traffic was matting down the carpet. We also had some residual dirt from moving in on a lovely drizzly day.
Also, my greyhound was taking the position that since us humans didn't use the dining room every day, he could mark it as his own. Nice try, dog, but until you start bringing in some racing earnings to buy new carpet, you can go in the yard. We bought you a fence!
The last straw was on Sunday when I was bringing up the Super Bowl buffet from downstairs, and I dropped my chili ladle. And then it bounced, so I got a two-fer! Gah.
On Monday, I declared war. I have a small hand-held carpet cleaner but this kind of battle needed a big gun.
After much research (yay Epinions and Amazon!), we found our weapon:
Dirt, meet your destroyer - The Hoover SteamVac Dual V. Six spinning brushes, an internal water heater, upholstery tool, a rinse-only option, forced heated air to speed drying time - this baby has it all. And it was on sale! And we had a coupon!
After a relatively easy assembly, I fired it up and got to work. Yes, I cleaned my carpet at 9:00 last night. Don't judge.
The results were amazing. The dark spots in front of the utility room door are gone, Nolan's piddle puddles are eliminated, the carpet was completely dry this morning, and it doesn't feel crunchy. It looks new and feels fluffy again. Victory is mine!
Tonight I have a date with it to conquer the living room. I might even wear my pearls.
*This post is not a paid advertisement for Hoover, Amazon, Kohl's, Epinions, dirt, greyhounds, Jerry Mathers or pearls.