In my house, we have white carpets. Except in the family room, where the carpeting is gray. Now why anyone in their right mind would want to put white carpet in a house is absolutely beyond me. But since we're in a rental right now, there's not a whole lot we can do about it. With 5 people, 3 of whom are children, and a dog living here, it can be quite a challenge to keep the carpets looking clean and fresh. As a matter of fact, the carpets have looked quite used from the day we moved in. The landlord really should have replaced them before renting the house to anyone!
(And should have freshly painted the walls, but that didn't happen either.)
Needless to say, keeping the carpet clean can be a daunting task. With normal wear and tear, a dog who has the rare piddle puddle, and a toddler who likes to throw her food while she's eating it, I find I am always trying to get the stains up. It's not always easy, either, since many of our carpet stains were here before we moved in. I have used many, many different brands of carpet shampoo in the past and have had limited success, especially on pet stains. I have even used cleaners that have left an odd residue that showed up on the areas of our home where the carpet is white. I have even gone as far as looking up whether or not I could bleach the carpets, but apparently, that would be a bad idea, as bleach can discolor and actually destroy carpet fibers!
That's why when I heard about Simple Solution Extreme Oxygen-Activated Carpet Shampoo, I knew I wanted to try it. Simple Solution is a well-known leader in products that make having pets a cleaner experience. They have a huge range of products from training pads to spot cleaners, and they offer a lot of great stain and odor removing products. They also have a wonderful line of pet-friendly household cleaners! They even have a line of products specifically for cat owners! Now I will never, ever in a million, trillion years own a cat, as I am horribly allergic to them and would end up suffering from an allergy induced asthma attack, but it's nice to know that there are products for those who are cat lovers. Even if I am not one.
So I was pretty excited to put their carpet cleaner to the test. I mean, they specialize in products that tackle even the toughest pet-related messes, so I had high hopes for this product. We have used the Simple Solution Extreme Oxygen-Activated Carpet Shampoo throughout the whole house, but I would like to show some photos from our family room, which is the area with the highest traffic, which is also where the majority of our messes occur.
We have a Hoover Carpet Shampooer, and while it has been heavily used and has seen better days, it still gets the job done fairly well. I am unsure of the exact model,since I have no idea where my husband put the owner's manual, but here is a photo of our steam-cleaning carpet shampooer.
Here are some photos of our family room before, after an exceptionally messy Sophie-Food Explosion as well as a doggy mess. Eww!
And after shampooing using Simple Solution Carpet Shampoo.
So as you can see, the Simple Solution Carpet Shampoo did a pretty good job! You may notice a few remaining stains in one of the photos, but those were there when we moved in. So who knows what they came from or how long they have been there! And while we have shampooed many, many times, they never completely come out. I was happy to see that they had gotten a little bit lighter using this shampoo. I got much better results than I had in the past on these stubborn stains than I have had in the past with various other brands. Just look at the amount of embedded nastiness we were able to extract from our carpet!
Another thing I really like about the Simple Solution Extreme Oxygen-Activated Carpet Shampoo is the scent. It has a clean, fresh scent that is not too overpowering. My carpet was left feeling fluffy, clean, and it was definitely deodorized. I noticed even days later that the odor neutralizing properties of this shampoo were really effective, even after the carpet was dry. Sometimes, with other carpet shampoos, it will smell great while the carpet is still damp, and then all the old, yucky odors come seeping back through. This hasn't been the case while using Simple Solution products.
Overall, we were quite happy with this product. Of course nothing compares with a professional carpet cleaning, but as far as commercially available, do-it-yourself carpet shampoos, this one really does the job. It neutralizes nasty odors, even dog urine and baby spit up, and it is quite effective at lifting stains. I am very happy I discovered this line of products, and look forward to trying more cleaning solutions from Simple Solution. If you have pets and children, this is definitely a line worth trying.
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***Disclosure: I received a complimentary product to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
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