Oct 03 2007

How do you clean soap?

This week’s Works-For-Me-Wednesday (hosted by rocksinmydryer.typepad.com) wants bloggers to ask for tips.

Here’s something I really need help with:

How can I remove spilled laundry soap and windex from the carpet in my car? Yes, that’s right: I had two chemical leaks. I don’t even know how they happened, but leak they did.

It’s difficult to figure out how to remove concentrated liquid soap, because if I add water, I’m going to have one giant sudsy mess.

Help!



8 Responses to “How do you clean soap?”

  1. okay, i’m a geek and i googled your problem. here’s what hints from heloise said about spilled laundry detergent:
    You should borrow or rent (if you don’t have one) a carpet cleaning machine. You will need to work at the stain many, many times. First, use only warm water and no cleaning agent. Spray the area with the warm water, then use the machine to pull up the sudsy water. Go over the area several times to remove as much as possible, then treat the area with water only one more time. Repeat the cleanup steps and let the carpet dry. Do not overwet the carpet, or you will have a bigger problem. You may have to do this several times over many days, as the detergent will probably continue to “wick” up.
    hope this helps!

  2. Geez. I was going to leave a comment but how do you compete with Heloise? Listen to her. What do I know?

  3. Well goodness gracious! Phyllis, thanks so much for taking care of that! Looks like it’ll be a big job. I’ll look into carpet rental machines, and definitely clean my apartment with it while I’m at it.

  4. I’d probably take it to one of those full service car washes and say, “Help!”

  5. Yay, Phyllis! Great advice. At least your car will smell great–I love the scent of Windex :)

  6. I’m going with Phyllis on this one.
    BTW, thanks for commenting on my blog about online bill paying. I appreciate it. :)

  7. I would try blotting up the liquids first with lots of paper towel, old rags, etc., by pressing down hard on the spilled area. Keep changing to dry rags as they get wet. If you have access to a carpet cleaning machine with a detachable nozzle, you could flood that particular area with water and keep vacuuming it up… but blot up as much of the detergent and Windex as you can first, or you’ll have an even bigger mess! (Don’t ask me how I know….)

    My WFMW question is “Produce, E. Coli, Bacteria, and You.” I’d love some input!

  8. Place a disposable diaper on it and put all your weight on top of it (like stand on it, or lean on it with your hand) to absorb the “gunk”, and then try a shop vac … or a steam cleaner to suck it up.

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