Persian Rug Cleaning: 2 Common Messes You'll Be Dealing With if You Own Pets

Posted on: 9 July 2015

If you enjoy the finer things in life, investing in a beautiful Persian rug can do wonders for your home. Real oriental rugs are a work of art. As a result, you'll want to be extremely diligent to keep the rugs clean and in pristine condition.

This can be difficult if you own pets, as these 2 types of common messes are almost inevitable. The least you can do is to clean up the rugs immediately you have spotted the mess to prevent the situation from worsening.

Rinse the Rug with Water and a Vinegar Concoction to Remove Odors and Stains from Pet Urine

Pet urine is extremely damaging to Persian rugs because the chemicals in the urine can end up permanently ruining the structure of the fibers. These chemicals will also make the foundation of the affected area on the rug a lot harder and less supple. This can cause the affected area of the rug to lose mechanical strength and end up cracking or breaking.

The moment you spot any urine on the rug, the first thing you want to do is rinse the affected area with cool water. Try not to saturate the entire area because the rug will take a much longer period of time to dry. If you have a smaller rug, you can easily just take it outside and rinse it with a hose; however, if you have a larger and grander rug, you should consider placing a garbage can or a plastic bucket underneath the affected area before pouring water through the rug.

The water will dilute the urine and hopefully wash it away. You should avoid using any harsh chemicals, which can also cause damage to the rug. To get rid of stubborn stains and unwanted odors, mix 1 teaspoon of liquid detergent and 1 teaspoon of white distilled vinegar in a pint of lukewarm water. Apply this concoction on the affected area. The acid in the vinegar helps remove unwanted odors and stains, and will also reinforce the bond between the dyestuff and the wool in the rug. Make sure to thoroughly dry the rugs afterwards.

Clear Away Pet Vomit and Defecation Before Rinsing

If you find and solids on the rug, you want to rinse the rug with water like above; however, you need to take the time to remove any solid material that is on the rug beforehand with a paper towel or a cloth. Depending on how long the solid wastes have been sitting there, you might even want to consider scraping off as much of the excess material as you can with a spoon.

You don't want to scrub at any stains because it will damage the fiber. Also, you want to scrape off excess material by travelling from the outside to the center. This way, you can prevent any solids from getting spread throughout the rug. For smaller pieces, use a tong or large tweezers. Cleaning the rugs immediately will prevent the situation from worsening and may help preserve the rugs in their original condition.

Even after you have tried to remove the stains and odors, you may want to consider taking your Persian rugs to an experienced professional cleaning company to further restore the rugs and undo any damage caused. You should always try to prevent these messes from occurring by keeping your pets far away from any precious rugs you have. It's better to be safe than sorry! 

For more tips on mainitaining your beautiful Persian rugs or for annual or emergency cleaning, you can contact local services such as New Way Carpet Cleaning.