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Stress = Pet Stains On Your Oriental Rug

The last thing on your mind here is having your oriental rug cleaned

Does this sound familiar? You had a long, stressful day at work putting out fires, only to hit brutal traffic during the commute home. Sitting on the freeway, you begin to recount stressful elements of your day. Maybe it was dealing with that annoying coworker who bombards you with questions 24/7, or a deadline that got pushed up leaving you to scramble to do the impossible. Regardless, your 9-5 has left you exhausted, stressed, and in dire need of some R&R.

But when you do finally make it home, much of the day’s frustrations melt away when you’re greeted enthusiastically by a loyal pet at the front door. You kick off your shoes and make a bee-line for the living room to wind down, and that’s when it happens—you hit the fresh wet spot. You lift your gaze to see Fido now sitting across the room, with a very apparent “whoops” on his guilty face. It looks like your furry friend had a little accident on your brand new, beautiful oriental rug.

Your pets are your children, but they make messes on your oriental rugs

Whether you’re potty training the newest addition to your family or you have an old dog that refuses to learn new tricks, your oriental rug is at risk! Urine can permanently stain a rug, and the smell can come back months later to haunt you. Check out these tips on how to remove pet urine stains. With some quick action you’ll prevent pet stains from setting and odors from recurring before they ruin your favorite rug (or your day).

Warm Water

When your four-legged friend picks your oriental rug as the spot to, well, make a spot, the safest method you can employ is to soak the area with a towel and warm water. Blot the area with a warm, wet towel. Ideally, you’ll want to do this immediately after it happens, as the longer that you wait to give attention to the urinated rug, the more likely the ammonia in the urine will damage your oriental rug’s fibers and dyes. For more information about that, check out our June Gloom post.

Vinegar

If you got to the stain a bit too late and water alone doesn’t resolve the issue, try adding a small amount of white vinegar to warm water and blot the stain. The diluted acidic nature acts like a chemical bonding agent that will help extract the urine. It should be noted that it’s never a good idea to add chemical-based cleaners to clean your oriental rug, as they could make the stain worse or permanently discolor your rug.

Professional Cleaning

pet stains picture before

BEFORE

pet stains picture before

AFTER

The most trusted method to remove pet stains and urine from your oriental rug is to have it professionally cleaned. Steaming, dry cleaning, and other industrial cleaning methods will only clean the surface of the rug and will do so in a way that the natural dyes can bleed or fade. To get out stains as well as years of dander, dirt, etc. from your rug, call us at Khazai Oriental Rug Cleaning.  We have been hand-washing rugs at our cleaning facilities for over 30 years, ensuring we provide expert service for every rug that we pamper.

We use special cleaning agents with water saturation that are guaranteed to remove 100% of the pet urine odors from your rug. If you act immediately and contact us right after your pet stains the rug and before it dries, it will be much easier to remedy the damage. However, we also have years of successful experience in removing even old and dry urine stains from rugs. Once you bring your rug in for inspection, our experts will diagnose the best next steps.

If Fido did a “no no,” give Khazai Rug Cleaning a call. We’ll make your oriental rug look brand new!

Louisville
(502) 219-6959

Lexington
(859) 592-5949

For questions regarding the condition of your rugs, including repair/restoration, give us a call or send us a message on FaceBook today!

Cleaning your oriental rugs removes what you smell, even if you can't see them

Cleaning Your Rugs Regularly – Play it Safe!

Your rug plays host to millions of allergens, bacteria, dust mites, and many other harmful entities that leave your rug a literal safety hazard when you aren’t cleaning it regularly. Even if you cannot smell these particulates, your family, pets, and guests can all fall victim to the contents of your rug.

Your rugs could be the home of an infestation! Let us clean that for you

YOUR RUG IS A FILTER

Have you ever seen a sunbeam pour through your window and noticed all of those particles flying around? Most of that is dust, dander, and bacteria that haven’t found their way to your rugs and carpets yet. Once they do, however, they either thrive as germs or become food for dust mites (which reproduce and multiply). Add in the outside particles from foot traffic and napping pets, and you have a recipe for disaster. All of these particles get snagged in the fine wool of your rug and act as millions of tiny filters sticking up from your floor. As stated in our June Gloom post, that’s why the summer months are the times of year you notice odors emanating from your rug; the humidity adds weight to these particles so they fall more rapidly, and your rug gets even more efficient at catching them as the humidity rises. That’s why we recommend cleaning rugs just before summer starts in order to prevent a problem before it has a chance to start. Of course, if you start noticing odors from your rug during any season, we recommend cleaning at that time.

DUST MITES

They may look like they’re straight out of a Tom Cruise alien invasion movie, but they’re actually too small to see with the naked eye. That doesn’t mean they’re not dangerous, though! Your bed is the most likely haven for dust mites (YUCK!) because they feed on dead skin/dander, but an area wool rug or wool carpet comes in second place for their preferred nesting ground due to just how much gets trapped in the fine fibers. If you find yourself sneezing or coughing in your home, it may due to these mites. Primarily, their fecal matter and decomposed corpses contain proteins that affect nearly 80% of people! Since the hot and humid months are their favorite season to flourish, they can cause what is known as perennial allergic rhinitis, where those allergic reactions tend to peak during this time of year…and here I’ve always blamed the infamous Ohio Valley allergies for that. Needless to say, it may be worth your while to clean house! Your beds, carpets, and rugs are the best places to start. And wouldn’t you know it – We do a dynamite job at cleaning one of the three!

RUGS ARE ALIVE!

Unfortunately, your rug is alive with exactly what you DON’T want it to be crawling with. Bacteria, viruses, mold, and mildew are just a few of the creepy microscopic crawlies that are skimping out on paying you rent. Not only are they freeloaders, they can cause some “ill” effects on you, your family, pets, guests, or even home invaders…although we’ll let it slide with the invaders, right? The really scary part about this primordial soup festering in your rug is how they affect people: skin bumps, digestive problems, the common cold, or even the flu can manifest from what takes refuge in your rug. These germs get kicked up in the air or transferred by touching whomever was napping/playing on the rug, someone didn’t wash their hands, and boom – that’s all it takes. Even if you have a couple of sick days at your disposal, who wants to get sick…I mean, really? It’s simpler just to schedule a cleaning once every year or two.

ODIOUSLY ODORIFEROUS OLFACTORY EMANATIONS

Wow, what a mouthful! But whether they’re under your arms or under your rugs, bad smells can really kill the vibe in a room. When you’re hosting guests or just trying to relax, you can’t exactly just tell yourself and everyone to ignore it. The key is to have your rug professionally cleaned thoroughly and safely. That’s where we come in. Not only will we thoroughly eliminate allergens/germs/smells from your rugs in our cleaning process, we do so safely with proven techniques and pH balanced solutions. We are passionate about oriental rugs, whether it’s in our stock or on your floor, and we want yours to look brand new for decades. That’s why we don’t use steam that fade out colors or harmful chemicals that can damage the rug fibers. When you let us clean your rugs, you really do get to have your rug and enjoy it too!

Need us to remove dust mites/germs and get rid of those pervasive smells? Give us a call!

Our team of experts will come and pick up your rug and have it back before you can say “odoiferous olflalactoral emancipations”

Louisville: 1 (502) 219-6959

 Lexington: 1 (859) 592-5949