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27th-Dec-2010 12:13 am
Lisa Crazy

Our water heater busted today. Around the water heater was filthy with old rat pellets even. The water ran down all over the kitchen floor. The maintenance people walked on this water and onto our carpet. I cleaned the kitchen floor with lysol when they left but had no way to really clean the carpet. Would the germ aspect of this

Bother you a lot
Not bother you at all
Bother you a bit

What would you have done to your carpet in this situation without a steam cleaner or money to buy one?

27th-Dec-2010 02:33 pm (UTC)
I would definitely have the maintenance people pay for some sort of cleaning service. Whether that would be paying for a cleaning service, or paying for a steam cleaner rental, they were the ones who inflicted the damage (sounds like it could have been avoided!) and are responsible for it.
27th-Dec-2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
The germ aspect wouldn't bother me if it was *old* rat droppings. The *ick* factor would bother me though.
27th-Dec-2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
I realized my answer to this question was uniquely unhelpful. What I would do is take any antibacterial thing I could find to it. There's usually Ajax around my house. I would use a hot soapy cloth and then sort of try to dry it up with another cloth... providing I could find a cloth, of course. I might end up using old clothes that don't fit me if I couldn't find clean cloths.
28th-Dec-2010 12:29 pm (UTC)
'I might end up using old clothes that don't fit me if I couldn't find clean cloths.'

We so suck at doing laundry. XD
28th-Dec-2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
lol I know right? i also suck at donating clothes...
28th-Dec-2010 04:37 am (UTC)
Do you have the money to rent a steam cleaner? Your local home improvement store should have them, and it's pretty cheap. I don't remember how much specifically, but it has to have been below $50 and probably below $30, or else I never would have gone for it.
28th-Dec-2010 05:29 am (UTC)
By the time they left, the germs in question would have been spread far and wide as they stepped all over everything and so did we. Nothing was wet when they left though. My carpet looks clean, just concerned about germs.

I can get the to come steam clean on steam clean day *wednesday* but I feel like it's pointless now. Our feet have been on carpet and then in bathrooms and kitched and in bed and toys have been on the floor. Hoping for the best...
28th-Dec-2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
Lysol spray should do the trick if it's germs alone that you're worried about.
28th-Dec-2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
Except that I'm highly allergic to chemicals and it causes me hella trouble. All over my carpet, I'm thinking probably not a good idea. And again, it's been spread further than just carpet now. Bleh.

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