Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Urine contamination in Oriental and fine rugs

The combination of pets plus beautiful soft furnishings can sometimes equal disaster, especially if your fury friend has the occasional accident. At our rug cleaning plant in Cambridge we recently received a rug that had been saturated with urine. However before bringing it to us the customer has tried every different type of cleaner from her cleaning cupboard and unfortunately by the time she brought the rug into our rug cleaning plant in Cambridge, the colours had started to migrate, this is when the dark and light colours mix together.
pet urine on rugs

pet urine on rugs

Urine contains urea, creatine, uric acid, carbohydrates, enzymes, fatty acids, hormones, sodium, potassium, chloride, magnesium, calcium and ammonia, so as you can imagine this can be a bit of a potent mix, especially when it hits your precious rug. After a while this mix will start to develop bacteria, and it’s this bacteria which if left will cause the true damage to your fine rugs, this type of damage is usually irreversible, so it is imperative to act quickly. Above and below are photos where the colours of this beautiful rug have run.
So here is some advice on what to do if your pet has an accident on one of your fine rugs or soft furnishings…
You will need to dilute the urine and remove it as soon as possible. To do this you will need to follow these instructions:
Make a 10% mix of white vinegar and tap water – AOC Spot remover
Cotton towel – preferably white
You aim to pour down double the Vinegar and water solution compared to the urine –
If it is a small dog approximately 50- 100 ml of urine – for bigger dogs 200 – 400 ml
So pour down double – 200 ml of urine means 400 ml of solution
First of all pour the solution onto the polluted area, and use an old cotton towel to soak it up – repeat the process until you have absorbed all of the urine. Change the towel if/when required. If you do this quickly enough you will not be left with a yellow stain. Use a weak detergent solution safe for carpets, such as the AOC Spot remover and gently dab the area and towel dry. Do not rub the rug or carpet as you will destroy the pile. Rather press down firmly on the stain – you can even stand on the towel on the carpet, or leave books on top of the towel to totally absorb the liquid.
Once you have absorbed all of the liquid open some doors and windows to encourage air movement and let it dry.

If in doubt give Art of Clean a call and we will be able to advise you on the best method.