Recently, my cousin very generously gave me her used Pottery Barn area rug that matches Izzie’s new big girl room. It is a beautiful 6 foot, round rug with butterflies and flowers. Unfortunately, while my cousin was using the rug, they had an older dog that had many accidents on the rug that were never cleaned. Now, several years later, the stains were very difficult to remove.
The Cleaning Process
I borrowed my friend’s Bissell Steam Cleaner (a great product) and used the hand tool to work on the individual stains and then steam cleaned the entire rug using Bissel’s Fiber Cleansing Advanced Formula. No change in the appearance of the urine stains.
I used a carpet stain/spot remover we already owned, first spraying the stain itself and the area immediately surrounding it, then using one of Pampered Chef stone-scrapers to agitate the stain and work the product into the carpet. I let the carpet sit for 1 hour and used the hand tool of the steam cleaner to remove the cleaner and hopefully the stain. Again, there was no change in the appearance of the urine stains.
After a quick trip to Pet Smart and conversations and recommendations from several employees there, I purchased Nature’s Miracle Advanced Stain and Odor Remover. Following the same process as before, I sprayed the stain itself and the area immediately surrounding it, then used a scraper to agitate the stain and work the product into the carpet. I let the carpet sit for 1 hour (as recommended on the directions for more difficult to remove spots) and used the hand tool of the steam cleaner to remove the cleaner and hopefully the stain. After this, the stains appeared less pronounced than before, which I took as a sign of hope! 🙂
I repeated step 3 twice more. The second time, letting the remover sit in the carpet for an hour, and the third time letting the remover sit in the carpet over night. After each of these spot removal attempts, I steam cleaned the entire carpet again using Bissell’s Fiber Cleansing Advanced Formula. After the third round with Nature’s Miracle, the stains looked visibly better and at some angles and lighting were not visible at all!
Nature’s Miracle Stain Remover Review
Nature’s Miracle Advanced Stain and Odor Remover, a 32 oz. trigger spray bottle cost $12.99 (about $10.50 on sale) at Pet Smart. It was recommended as the best option by two different store employees and I have a pet-owner friend who uses it in her home with lots of success. Even with the recommendations, the Pet Smart employees were skeptical that any product would be able to remove urine stains that were several years old. The product claims to “permanently remove organic stains and odors including urine” and in the small writing on the back of the bottle states it will work on older, set-in stains. In addition to the recommendations and these claims, I chose this product because it is also safe for use around children, a necessity given the rug will be in Izzie’s room.
Did they live up to their claims? Probably so. The stains were visibly reduced and have not returned as the spots dried and as time has passed. Overall, I was pleased with the product and felt it was worth the cost, especially given that the rug was free! The one big down-side was that the stain remover left a very strong odor behind that has taken almost a week is dissipate. I’m not sure this would deter me from future use since I can’t imagine using the same volume of product on one place (this time, using ½ – ¾ of the bottle on one rug to remove 9 large stains).
What do you think? Ever use Nature’s Miracle? Can you suggest other carpet stain removers?