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How Do You Get The Pet Urine Out Of My Area Rug?

Pet Urine Seeping Out Of Area Rug

Yep! That's Pet Urine Seeping Out Of The Area Rug!

I’m afraid that brown/yellow stuff is exactly what you think it is!  Many times people will have their carpet cleaner try to “clean up” the rug as it lays in the home.  As you can see from this picture that kind of approach is doomed to failure.  No matter how hard the carpet cleaner works on the rug he’ll never get all the urine out – and your nose will testify to that truth!  If you have a rug that you love that has urine damage from a pet you also love, the only way to solve that problem is call us at Pro Care Cleaning and schedule a visit for your rug to our “rug spa”.  We’d love to have the chance to serve you!

The Importance of Testing For Dye Transfer!

Wool Rug That Bled
A Gabbeh with urine damage that bled.

This beautiful rug came to me with heavy dog urine deposits.  It’s hard to see in the picture but there were literally dozens of separate deposits.  When I tested the rug for possible dye transfer, also known as bleeding, everything tested out fine until I got to the reds.  The red dye bled on contact!  It was immediate!  This always presents us with a conundrum.  A rug with any kind of instant dye transfer is a rug you generally don’t want to get real wet, for obvious reasons!  But this rug had to washed! It was, after all, full of pee.  We decided to treat it with a dye-set product and then move forward with a full wash.  The rug cleaned up beautifully with no dye transfer of any kind.  This really highlights the importance of testing every color in a rug before it’s cleaned.  Getting lazy about this just once can cause very real damage.  At Pro Care Cleaning we test every rug that comes into our shop.  Not only every rug, but every color in that rug! That way the only surprises we encounter are of the pleasant variety!

Tufted Wool Rugs

Tufted Rug Front

Front Of Tufted Rug

Tufted wool rugs are very popular!  They come in a virtually unlimited number of colors, styles and shapes.  Tufted wool rugs are constructed differently than woven rugs.  The fibers are “punched” through a primary backing, then latex is poured over the backing, then a fabric skrim is attached as the final backing for the rug.  The construction of these rugs varies widely from fairly high quality to very poor.

Fabric Skrim On Tufted Rug

They present some unique difficulties from a cleaning standpoint.  The first consideration is the latex backing.  Any contamination (think pet accidents) soaks down into the latex, sometimes all the way through to the skrim.  Cleaning this out of the rug is extremely difficult and frequently requires more than one washing.  The second consideration is assessing how durable the fabric skrim is.  Sometimes the skrim is sewn on (which is best), sometimes it’s tacked on (second best), or unfortunately, sometimes the skrim is glued on.  If the skrim is glued on, it will likely require re-glueing after washing.

Having said all of that, the rugs are cleanable, contrary to what many cleaners will tell you.  If you have a problem tufted rug, we can help you!  Give us a call to set up a time for a free consultation.

Details, details, details!

Hand-scrubbing the fringe

Hand-processing of oriental rugs is what makes the difference between O.K. results and great results!  This is a picture of my son Matthew, from about a year and half ago.  When I took this picture he was shorter than me – now he’s four inches taller!  I love the time he spends with me working on rugs!  Fringe oftentimes needs individualized attention, both as part of the main wash process, and as a last step in the final preparation of the rug.  Do not trust your rugs to someone who is going to “surface clean” with their regular carpet cleaning equipment – the results from that type of approach will always be disappointing.  Fringes should be clean, but not bleached!  The original color of the fringe should remain the same!  If you have any questions about your particular rug, we are always happy to visit with you about them.

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!