It’s a tough situation, for many of us, one of the very few things we love as much as we love our rugs are our pets. And if marking their territory on your heirloom is an indication, pets LOVE fine rugs. Here are the steps to take when a pet soils your rug.
When an accident happens, there’s not much time, so act fast!
- It is critical to immediately absorb as much of the urine liquid as possible.
- Then apply a 50-50 solution of water and vinegar and blot – do not rub – the area with white tissue or white towels.
- Resist the temptation to use over-the-counter spot removers. Most are too aggressive and contain some type of bleach. Spotters applied directly to the rug can leave soap residue and cause rapid resoling.
The next step is to call us and get that rug in for cleaning and urine treatment ASAP. You see urine throws off the pH of your rug and in doing so the dyes can start to wander. On a rug that’s been allowed to dry with a pet stain, in many cases the odor can be removed, but the stain itself is permanent. The only way to know for sure is to let our experts get started cleaning as quickly possible to see how your rug responds.