3 Cheap Tips For Cleaning Pet Urine From Oriental Rugs

Posted on: 9 November 2015

Pet urine is often challenging to remove from any carpet, but can be even more so for oriental rugs, due to their more complex or delicate composition. Therefore, there are special steps that you must take to preserve the quality, usability and appearance of an oriental rug and you must begin the process as soon as possible after Fido or Fluffy had their accident. Blotting as much of the urine as possible with a white towel or rag is essential.

#1-Know What Cleaners You Should Avoid

It is a good idea to remember that animal urine contains ammonia, so if you were to use a product that contains ammonia, you would actually be making the problem worse. In addition, as soon as pet urine dries, it can begin to impact the integrity of the dye in the carpet. That means that you have only a limited period of time in which to start and complete the cleaning process with appropriate cleaning.

It is also important to avoid the use of any rug cleaner made for wall-to-wall carpeting or a carpet cleaner with enzymes. The enzymes are known to damage the wool fibers commonly found in many oriental rugs. 

#2-You Can Use Diluted White Vinegar

The good news is that you do not necessarily need to invest in expensive cleaners right away for cleaning pet urine from your oriental rugs, particularly if you are lucky enough to catch it early and if there is only a small amount.

In general, use a mixture of 50% white vinegar and 50% clean water. Use a cleaning brush to work it into the rug, starting with small spots and working your way outward until the entire area has been addressed. Be sure to check a small corner of the rug with the solution before you start to clean it, to verify that the colors will not run and it will also be helpful to start with just a small amount of warm water.

#3-If the Stain Persists...Add Baking Soda

White vinegar is a very mild acid that neutralizes the ammonia that causes most of the problem. Although it needs to stay diluted, if you see that the problem has not completely disappeared after your first efforts, add a few shakes of baking soda to the carpet after drying the area again. Immediately after, try a bit more of the vinegar solution and lightly clean the area without forcing the stain any deeper into the rug.

If the pet urine is still obvious after trying again, it is time to take it to the professionals. Delays may cause the rug to be permanently damaged, so take care of it as soon as possible.

In conclusion, oriental rugs are a beautiful and popular addition to any home. When your cat or dog has an accident on it, the above tips will allow you to more effectively restore it to its original condition with proper oriental rug cleaning.