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  1. #1
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    Default Wife's out of town, and I really messed up.

    Going through the house, from the back yard to the garage, I realized I had to go . . . bad. Thinking it would just take a minute, I set the super I was carrying down on the floor. When I returned from the restroom, I went to pick up the super, and it was stuck to the brand new light-colored carpet. I un-stuck it, but there is now a perfect square of propolis on the carpet.

    Please help. How do I get this out of the carpet? I have never been able to remove it from anything. I am so screwed.
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    Default Re: Wife's out of town, and I really messed up.

    Yup, that's for sure. Better cut it out and replace it.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: Wife's out of town, and I really messed up.

    wow, thats why i go outside.......... sorry bro, no help.......except go outside........

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    Default Re: Wife's out of town, and I really messed up.

    Uh oh.

    You own any hair clippers?


    How long you been married? I'm in 26 years, so kind of committed. Might not be too late for you to start fresh though.
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    Default Re: Wife's out of town, and I really messed up.

    rubbing alcohol gets it off my hands but i'm not sure about carpets

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    Default Re: Wife's out of town, and I really messed up.

    Maybe you can set the super down all around and make a pattern. Nah I hope she likes roses or diamonds. Sorry!

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    Default Re: Wife's out of town, and I really messed up.

    left over scrap of carpet, and a carpet installer can replace that small section in an hour. it will never show if the carpet is new. Good Luck You need it.

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    Default Re: Wife's out of town, and I really messed up.

    I've heard Everclear will cut it. If it don't work you can drink the Everclear just before she gets home!

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    Default Re: Wife's out of town, and I really messed up.

    Thanks for the encouraging words. Does anyone have anything that will save my ability to sleep in the house? Either that, or does anyone have a great epitaph for my head stone?
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    Default Re: Wife's out of town, and I really messed up.

    She going to kill you! ... I got dibs on the bees! Who wants the wood?
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    Default Re: Wife's out of town, and I really messed up.

    I read this thread and its responses to my wife, and she had a giggle. She suggests confessing up front, followed by a stated plan for how the problem will be fixed. Might help to have estimates in hand.

    There are solvents that will dissolve propolis, but none that should be used on carpet, let alone indoors (toluene, turpentine)
    Pete. New 2013, 7 hives, zone 6a
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    Default Re: Wife's out of town, and I really messed up.

    call a professional carpet cleaner and have them come in and do it. Good luck!

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    Default Re: Wife's out of town, and I really messed up.

    Put ice on it and vacuum it comes off

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    Default Re: Wife's out of town, and I really messed up.

    Dry ice and a hammer?
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: Wife's out of town, and I really messed up.

    I've had decent success with small scissors and just trimming the pile a bit. I build engines as a hobby and occasionally track grease into the house on a boot. sometimes, you just can;t get it out. propolis is one of those types of things that probably wont be easily removed chemically, so you're left with mechanical removal.

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    Default Re: Wife's out of town, and I really messed up.

    Hardwood floors are very trendy.
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    Default Re: Wife's out of town, and I really messed up.

    Really? Ice? Like dry ice? I heard you can freeze clothing that has gum on it, and sometimes get it out. Ok, I will try it first since it is chemical free. If this works, there is a big slobbery kiss in it for you. Although I might have to pay her to do it.

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    Default Re: Wife's out of town, and I really messed up.

    I'd start with a the few items suggested, but call and schedule a pro carpet cleaner ASAP. If you get it out, just cancel the appointment
    Last edited by Barry; 08-24-2013 at 06:44 AM.
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    Default Re: Wife's out of town, and I really messed up.

    I got cyan oil based concentrated printing ink on my mom's brand new carpet by putting a milk crate down on the rug. I used scissors but I wouldn't advise it. The ice thing sounds good and calling the pro cleaners or who ever put the carpet in to patch it while they still have the same color in stock. Don't worry she will understand.

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    Default Re: Wife's out of town, and I really messed up.

    Take a picture of the damage so you can laugh about it later if you pull off her not noticing it.

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