I ran a couple errands after my visit, and then came home, because I had work to do. Cat lent me her mother's mini steam cleaner, and I had a date with my area rug. Lily is probably 99% housebroken, but those little accidents are ridiculously hard to get out of the rug. Plus we are the third owners of this rug, so there's no saying how long the dirt has been there.
First I moved the (freakin heavy) marble coffee table off of the carpet. It's a ginormous hunk of pure marble, thankfully in two pieces, but it disguises the fact that our rug is really too small for our living room.
As I said, Cat lent me her mother's steam cleaner. It took me a while to figure out how to use it, and I didn't have the appropriate soap, but warm water with a little baking soda did the trick.
It took ages, and a break in the middle to take the dog out, but finally I was left with:
and (brace yourselves, oh weak of stomach):
The rug is only 5x7, so it wasn't a ton of space to clean, but geez oh man that's a lot of dirt.
Finally, it was time for some Lily snuggles.
What a cutie. I don't think she really enjoyed the process, nor does she appreciate the end result. Oh well.