Pet accidents are probably the most common issue when cleaning an Oriental rug. Wall-to-wall carpets and rugs are at the mercy of our four legged friends – especially during puppy training days, when they are super excited to see us and, then later in their lives as they age and lose control. But, we love them no matter what. You also love your carpet. Even though you are not about to throw away a beautiful handmade rug, you can’t be expected to live with the odor. Besides, if you don’t remove the odor, guess where your pet will do his business next?
Pet Urine contains urea, creatine, uric acid, carbohydrates, enzymes, fatty acids, hormones, sodium, potassium, chloride, magnesium, calcium and ammonia. When the water part evaporates, it leaves alkaline urine salts, which are hygroscopic [moisture loving] and attract atmospheric moisture, causing odor to be released. These salts are not water-soluble. The protein that remains attracts bacteria that feed on it, also causing an odor.
Urine deposited on area rugs does not stay on the surface. It penetrates the fibers and also contaminates the backing of the rug, the rug pad and the flooring below. Often, pets will urinate continually in the same general location, causing significant damage.
As urine dries, the liquid evaporates, but the urine crystals become even more concentrated and strong. These urine crystals are frequently re-activated by moisture. Urine will also cause permanent color and fiber damage. The result: costly repairs to your Oriental rug.
What to do right after a pet accident happens?
Whether it is wine, coffee, Kool-Aid, urine, or whatever, the first step is always to remove as much of it as possible – as soon as possible – from the rug. A white cloth or paper towels work well. Keep blotting (don’t rub) until you have got as much out as possible.
After blotting, you need to dilute the pet urine spot with water to reduce its impact on the rug fibers. Repeat the blot/dilution process a couple of times. Don’t worry if the colors bleed, we (the professionals) can fix the color run; the permanent fiber damage from the pet urine is harder to tackle.
Next Step, get on the phone and contact your professional Oriental rug cleaner.
Whether the pet stain just happened, or it is an old one, it needs to be properly treated. Over the counter remedies do not work, nor are they suitable for wool and silk rugs. In fact, using them will be setting the stain and causing further damage to your Oriental rug. Be advised: Pet odor removal from a handmade Oriental or Persian rug is not the same as treating a wall-to-wall carpet.
RevitaRUGS pet odor removal process is guaranteed or your money back. We understand the bio-chemistry of the uric acid and our process does not add any chemicals to the mix. We have pioneered and engineered the technology to release and remove various bacteria and contaminates from rug fibers without compromising the end result, or damaging the fine fibers of rugs — even those made with 100% natural silk.
Pet stains are often permanent; however, some do get better after deep wash. If the rug fiber is not damaged, the stain can be fixed with a stain removal process and/or re-dyeing. If the fiber of the rug is decomposed, the affected area may require reweaving. Let’s us take care of your rugs so you can go about your life as well as enjoying your pets.
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