Dog/Cat-Urine Cleanup On Area Rugs Steamclean Express Red Deer, AB
It’s all fun and games until the valuable oriental rug in the den gets a pet urine stain that’s not coming out.
Pet urine is at the top of the “uh oh” chart of rug disasters. The stains are usually permanent. But if the field has a busy design that might not be a big issue.
The odor though… well, that IS a lingering issue, and the longer that urine sits in those rug fibers, the worse of an issue it’s going to become to the rug and the floor.
The top topic this month from cleaners who wrote me “HELP ME!” emails was how to get pet urine odor out of rugs, so that’s my topic for this post.*
(*My disclaimer here for professional cleaners is, these are my opinions from our company’s experience and the experience of students I’ve trained. Please do NOT take my word as gospel here, they are simply educated recommendations because every rug and situation is different. My advice is not meant to be a substitute for your getting actual training in this craft, and seeking out additional real world experience to enhance your own skills. For goodness sakes TEST everything in small attempts first. Every rug must always be fiber tested, dye colorfast tested, and thoroughly pre-inspected before cleaning. Always. Okay… let’s go into some recommendations on pet puddles.)
Pet Urine Odor Removal From Rugs
Remove The Source (Woven Rugs)
First things first… you need to remove the source of the odor, so the urine needs to come out of the middle of that rug.
Woven rugs are often constructed with wool knots wrapped around cotton warps and wefts (the foundation fibers).
Cotton, as you know, is absorbent. This is why we use cotton towels to wipe things up – they pick up moisture.
So when warm pet urine hits a rug, it will be suspended for a short time (because wool has a natural repellency to moisture) and then it will penetrate the wool fibers and be pulled into those cotton fibers.
This is why when you see a urine stain on a rug, you know you are only seeing the tip of the iceberg. There is a larger amount of urine inside that rug than you are seeing.
With rugs, removing the odor source means you are going to have to wash it out. You cannot surface clean an oriental rug with a truck mount or portable and remove the odor causing elements from the inside foundation fibers. It just does not work that way. And trying to cover up your incomplete work with a heavy fragrance deodorizer is going to just make it worse. It’s like spraying Lysol in a Port-a-Potty… floral smelling sewage ain’t going to cut it on this one.
The most thorough way to get to the odor-causing contaminants out of woven rugs is to WASH the rugs.
Quick FYI: “woven” rugs are rugs where you can see the design on the back the same as on the front, like this: