How to Deal with Animal Urine Stains on Your Rugs
You love your rugs and you love your pets but sometimes the two don’t go together!
If your pet cat or dog has an accident on your precious rugs then you have to take action fast, otherwise your rug could be ruined.
Here’s how you should deal with the animal urine stains that can afflict your rugs:
1. Act Fast
Cat urine, in particular, is one of nature’s vilest odours so you’ll want to call professional rug cleaners to help deal with it. In the meantime, do the following.
As soon as you spot the problem, you should move quickly to mop up the excess with an absorbent cloth, preferable one made of cotton. Try to blot up as much as you can.
Urine is acidic and can affect dyes, sometimes causing permanent stains even after the urine is completely removed. The faster you act, the better chance you have of saving your rug.
If you have a good knowledge of your rugs and you’re sure the colours are stable, you can add some clean water to try to dilute the stain for ease of removal. Be sure not to use any chemical cleaner or cleaning agent as that could be disastrous.
2. Call in the Experts
If you’re unsure how to proceed or your rugs are antique, call a rug cleaning expert immediately. It’s a good idea to find out all you can about your rugs so as to better communicate with the rug-cleaning specialists. You should try to find out the following information:
- What type of rug is it? (hand or machine made)
- What material is it made from? (natural or synthetic fibres)
- What kinds of dyes are used? (plant or chemical)
Applying the wrong treatment could permanently damage your rugs so never act unless you know exactly what you’re doing.
In addition to dealing with emergencies such as animal stains, regular professional rug cleaning should be part of your rug care routine. You’ll get the best out of your rugs for longer. Meanwhile, get your pets house trained as quickly as possible.
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