Pet Urine On Your Rug! How Do You Get It Out?

My Dog Brandy
Brandy hanging out on her favorite rug!

That’s my West Highland Terrier, Brandy.  That rug sits in our Dining Room.  She’s a very good dog and rarely has any accidents or problems, but when she does it frequently happens on the Dining Room rug.

It’s not unusual for us to get a panicked call from a homeowner whose pet has had an accident on their rug.  What can you do at home to remediate such an accident?

First, blot, don’t scrub!  We can’t undo permanent fiber damage to your rug.  Next, place a white cotton towel over the spot, folded up into quarters and place plastic wrap over the towel and place a book over the plastic wrap.  Leave this for 24 hours.  The residual moisture will wick up into the towel and out of the rug.  This is your best procedure short of bringing a rug in for professional cleaning.  If you start treating the rug with spotters, enzymes and other specialty products you could do damage to the rug.  This damage can come in the form of permanent staining , color migration or loss, or browning of cellulosic materials.
At the risk of shameless self-promotion, if your rug has been or is being used by your pet as an inside the home toilet area you need to have a professional wash that rug.  Only a thorough professional rug cleaning is going to get rid of all that mess and unwanted bacterial activity.

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