Oriental Rug Cleaning: Pet Accidents and Chewing Gum

Oriental rug owners are proud of their purchases, and rightly so. Oriental rugs are works of art, and should be displayed as such. The challenge is that, since they are rugs, most owners want to utilise them as such. So, they display their rugs, but they do it by laying them across the floor as rugs are intended. Try as hard as they might, sometimes they simply can’t avoid an accident. If you own such a beautiful rug, and find yourself in a predicament where you need information on oriental rug cleaning, read on for tips on how to clean up some common messes.

Chewing Gum 

Chewing gum is the type of item that seems like it may never come out. However, there is a way to remove it from your oriental rug without causing further damage. Put some ice in a baggie and place the baggie on top of the chewing gum that is in the carpet. Wait for the ice to harden the gum and then break the gum into pieces using a hammer, or other hard instrument. Scrape the remaining gum off the rug’s fibre, apply a dry cleaning solution, rinse, and then blot dry. 

Pet Accidents 

As with any spill, the sooner you are able to attend to a pet accident the better it will be for your oriental rug. When it comes to Oriental rug cleaning, the process is similar to that of any other type of rug in that you would dab up the surface liquid with a dry rag, but since pet urine contains acids it can be detrimental to the wool and dye of an oriental rug. So, instead of using traditional rug cleaners, follow up the use of the dry cloth with a mild ammonia solution. The ratio used should be 3 parts water and 1 part mild ammonia. After cleaning the affected area of the Oriental rug, dry it quickly using a fan or a hair dryer.

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