Removing Pet Stains From Oriental Carpets
We all own pets and they have become an important member of your family. When you have pets, accidents happens (and sometimes intentional) like pet urine, vomit and feces on your beautiful oriental rug. These accidents, if not treated immediately or get professionally cleaned, can result in lingering stains and odor within the fibers of your oriental rug.
Pet urine can change the chemical composition of the dyes in the rug. This can cause colors to change from their original shades. Most oriental rugs are made from wool and wool/cotton blend are vulnerable to permanent damage and those rugs that are made silk fibers are at greater risk when it comes to damage from pet accidents. And the odor also marks as the territory for your pet and they can come back to do your usual business at that very spot so it’s also important to remove pet stain odors. Remember a dog’s sense of smell is much better than humans by 100 times.
Here are few steps you can take in emergency and temporarily to remove pet stains and odors when you don’t have time to have your oriental rugs cleaned professionally but not take as a substitute for professional cleaning.
If you discovered the pet urine when it’s wet, remove the material with warm water and towel. Soak the area with a warm water and blot away using paper towel as much pet stains as possible. You’ll want to this immediately as urine dries, the ammonia content in urine can damage your oriental rug’s fibers and dyes, permanently changing colors.
Don’t rub the area otherwise you are just helping urine and vomit to dig deeper into rug’s fibers.
Vinegar and warm water
If water alone isn’t able to resolve your stain problem, rinse the area with a solution of distilled white vinegar and warm water (1 tablespoon per cup of water). Blot the stain and soak up as much as possible with paper towel on both sides of rug. The diluted acidic nature of vinegar acts as chemical bonding agent in removing urine.
It should be noted that, it’s never a good idea to add chemical-based cleaners to clean your oriental rug, as they could make the stain worse or permanently discolor your rug.
Let the area dry completely. You can use fan to speed the drying process.
If you discovered the stain after it has dried or even the above step doesn’t remove the stains and odors, seek professional Oriental rug cleaners help immediately.
The most trusted method to remove pet stains and urine from your oriental rug is to have it cleaned professionally. Professional cleaners use stronger solvents and detergents to remove the stains. Urine stain is difficult stain so it may require repeated treatment.
When you are using the above steps to clean the stains, you do need to know that you can use this method only when you can reach both sides of the carpet. You will need to be able to extract the vinegar solution and not just blot it or you have other problems to face. Also, be sure to test your rug for colorfastness and reaction to the vinegar treatment before going all out in treating the stain.