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How to Remove Pet Stains from your Rug

Any pet owner knows that pets have a tendency to soil rugs and carpets. Once this happens, the big question is if and how to remove pet urine and other messes before the rug is ruined.dog-laying-white-carpet

It is important with any pet stains to clean them before they have a chance to soak in. When removing pet urine from a rug, it becomes difficult to get the stain out once it has absorbed into the fibers and starts to yellow. It is equally as important to make sure that you remove all of the odor from the urine, or else the dog will be drawn to the same area in the future.

Your best bet at successfully cleaning a pet stain at home is if the stain is still wet when you find it. The first step is to soak up as much of the urine as possible. One method of doing this is layering paper towels, and then newspaper, both above and below the rug, and then standing on top of this for a minute, and then removing them. This will help remove excess liquid. Once this is done we suggest using a solution that is made from 1 cup of warm water, ½ cup of white vinegar, and teaspoon of a mild dish washing detergent. This solution will help neutralize the uric acid crystals in the pet urine, so the stain does not yellow. It will also help eliminate odor. Test the solution on a small out-of-the-way area of the rug, and then work from the outer edge of the stain towards the center. Once this is done soak the liquid up with a towel. This same solution works if your animal defecates or vomits on the rug. In the situation where the urine has managed to soak down to the padding, it is necessary to purchase new padding to replace it in order to completely eliminating the odor.Pet-Stains-from-Carpets-and-Antique-Rugs

Do not use a steam cleaner when dealing with urine spots on your rug under any circumstances. The heat will set in the stain and the smell. Instead of helping, this will actually make your rug more likely to be ruined. In our experience, carpet cleaning solutions like Resolve are also both ineffective and damaging to handmade rugs.Stain-before

If the stain has dried and yellowed already when you find it, it is necessary to call a reputable rug cleaning service, like the one offered at Peykar Rugs on Long Island. Professional rug cleaners can remove all of the odors and stains deep down in the carpet, especially ones that you cannot remove yourself. At Peykar, we offer a Pet Urine Removal Service. This is a three part process that consists of a restoration cleaning, to remove any yellowed discoloration, a color restoration service, and then a guaranteed odor removal process.