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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.

Area Rug Cleaning – My Newest Toy

This somewhat modest, albeit expensive, piece of equipment is the newest “toy” I’ve added to my rug cleaning spa. Cleaning rugs is a very time intensive job when done correctly. Increasing production rates leads to shorter turn around times for the rugs we clean. That’s where this equipment comes in – it’s a 10 gallon per minute auto pump-out. That means the waste water generated during the cleaning process and the water generated while performing final extraction on your rug can be safely and quickly filtered and disposed of. No more slow and laborious dumping of waste water – yeahhhh!

You may be having one of two reactions right now:

1. This man has great passion for his work! or……..

2. This man has lost his mind, and leads a sad rug-centric life, devoid of the things that make “normal” people happy!

Either way, know that I’m as happy as a bug in a rug! Pun intended!

Rag Area Rug – Everything Bleeds!

To the lower right is a picture of a rag area rug we cleaned last week. In the picture it is safely on the drying platform, colors intact, no dye migration, no worries. Directly above it is a picture of the cotton rag we used to test the dye stability of the area rug. As you can see, the rug failed the dye stability test in fantastic fashion! Every color in the rug bled – almost instantaneously!

What to do when faced with this predicament? It’s a rag area rug, so it desperately needs a full immersion bath in the “rug spa”, yet it bleeds when in the presence of moisture. The answer is to treat it with a special chemical which helps to keep migrant dyes from fixing themselves on the surrounding fibers. This process effectively adds a day to the processing of the rug, but it allows us to wet wash area rugs that we otherwise couldn’t. Careful testing for dye stability is crucial for successful cleaning of tricky area rugs!

Rag Rugs – Look Out For Bleeding!

Rag rugs are beautiful, durable, colorful and just plain fun! They are usually difficult if not impossible to vacuum well and very few us take our rugs out for paddling like Grandma and Great-Grandma used to do. What are you to do with a rug that is dirty, but can’t be vacuumed very well, and last time you looked you had mis-placed Grandma’s rug beating paddle? The answer is you give it a thorough bath! This rag rug had only one dye susceptible to bleeding and that was the color red. The rug was treated with a special chemical that kept the red dye from fixing itself on any of the adjacent fibers. Then it was submerged in the rug spa and completely cleaned. It cleaned up beautifully! Next visit I’m going to show you a rag rug with serious bleeding issues!