URINE on ORIENTAL RUGS?
2 STEPS TO TAKE RIGHT AWAY to
MINIMIZE the DAMAGE
When you find urine on oriental rugs, do not
panic! There are 2 steps that you can take right away that can minimize
the damage and perhaps avoid a permanent stain. (These steps are
specifically for use on fresh, wet urine.)
Before beginning the steps, there are 2
factors that have to be considered when attempting to remove wet urine on
oriental rugs (or any rugs or wall-to-wall carpet):
- A carpet or rug fiber acts like a
wick. Spots and spills that go down into the pile will wick up to the top
of the fiber.
- Permanent stains can be caused by
the spots and spills wicking up to the top of the fiber and then being allowed
to dry in the air.
With the above 2 factors in mind, preventing a
spot or spill from becoming permanent involves allowing it to wick up into
something absorbent (such as white paper or cloth towels).
Follow the 2 steps below as soon as you
possibly can after the incident:
- Step 1: Immediately blot up the urine
and keep blotting with fresh white absorbent material until you feel you
have absorbed all of it.
- Alternate Step 1: Apply a drawing compound such as cornstarch or diatomaceous earth (used in swimming pool filters) to the entire area. Allow ample time for the urine to be absorbed and then vacuum thoroughly.
- Step 2: Place a large number of layers of white
absorbent material on top of the entire area and place something heavy such as
a brick or large book on it and leave it there for several
hours or overnight, replacing the absorbent material several times. (Make sure the heavy object does not contain dye materials that could transfer to the area.)
URINE ON ORIENTAL RUGS?
SOME IMPORTANT Don'ts!
- Do NOT use salt to remove urine
on oriental rugs. Salt is a mordant and can set any dyes that may have
run because of the urine.
- Do NOT use ammonia on a wool, silk
or rayon (natural fiber) rug. Ammonia has too high a pH level for use on
natural fibers (unless it is diluted and followed by a diluted vinegar
- Do NOT scrub or use a brush on the soiled
area. You can cause serious damage, especially to the tips of the fibers,
resulting in irreversible pile distortion. ALWAYS blot from the outside
to the inside of the area so as not to spread the spot.
- Never pour any liquid spot cleaner or
water directly onto the carpet or rug. This will only dilute the spill
and spread it.
THE IMPORTANCE OF REMOVING URINE
FROM ORIENTAL RUGS...
Removing urine on oriental rugs before it has
a chance to dry is very important for at least 2 main reasons
1. When urine dries, microscopic urea
crystals are formed that adhere to the backing of the rug. Cleaning alone
will not remove the crystals. When
humidity or moisture is high, the crystals are activated and become a feeding
ground for bacteria. It is this bacterial action that causes the odor.
2. Urine attracts moths. Moths
usually eat through a rug from the foundation or back of the rug. It may take
quite a long time before you notice them, and
the resulting damage may require expensive repairs.
IF ALL ELSE FAILS - CALL ABC!
At ABC, we have a process that will completely
remove urine odor from oriental rugs but it is expensive and labor
intensive and you may be able to avoid this with the above 2 steps.
If the 2 steps outlined above do not
successfully remove both the stain and the odor from your rug or if you have
urine stains or odor from previous incidents, please bring your rug to our
plant in Ithaca or text or call us at 607-272-1566 to schedule a
delivery. (Please note: We can guarantee to remove all the urine odor but in the
majority of instances, urine stains are permanent.)
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