Area Rug Care Guide: How to Clean and Prevent Pet Stains and Odors

Dirty carpet by pets

Rugs play a significant role in enhancing indoor beauty. The fact is, this comfort piece can easily get dirty. When that happens, it has an effect on the interior look. It's natural that the grimy look will take away all the fun. There are many reasons why a rug can be dirty. The spill of water or other liquid, UV rays, high traffic, soil, moisture, etc. However, a dirty rug for any of the reasons still gives the owner a little time to clear the rug. But, if it's associated with the pet stain and odor, it's not going to be a good experience, nor one can wait too long.

In this article, we have discussed cleaning and preventing pet stains and odors. We hope that will help you to enjoy all the advantages of the rugs. Read on to learn something more about taking care of your favorite rugs today.


Importance of Pet Stain and Odor Removal

It would be wrong to think that pet stains only spoil the rug's look and nothing else. Like moisture, pet stain contributes to the damaging process of rugs. If not cleaned properly and timely, it can result in expensive repairs or even become irreparable. Before the blood spots, urine, saliva, or other elements result in discoloration of the rug, they also can trigger infestation of molds and other pets.

This is how the surrounding atmosphere is at risk of being degraded. Several health issues can occur from that like allergic reactions, breathing problems, etc. The worst part is the unbearable bad odor. You may think of delaying a bit in rug cleaning. But, that's almost impossible. The disturbing smell won't let you stay in your own home with peace and comfort for a moment. This is why, immediate rug cleaning is necessary.

How to Clean and Prevent Pet Stains and Odors?

Expert using equipment removing pet stains from rug

If you go for a self-cleaning approach, there are several options. These are:

Enzyme cleaner: It's especially used for pet odor removal. In this method, no harmful chemical is used. So, it is safe for both the children and pets in your home. Whether the rug is made of nylon, wool, or polyester, enzyme cleaner is effective and safe for most rug types.

You need enzyme cleaner, gloves, absorbent cloth, and a spray bottle for that. To begin with the method blot up the dirt from the rug as much as you can. Apply the cleaner to the affected area. Now, leave the cleaner to sit on the fiber for a while. It can be 30 minutes or more. Take the absorbent cloth and blot up the cleaner solution. Rinse the rug and air dry.

Vinegar: For mild odor and stains, it can be workable, but not as functional as the enzyme cleaner. Note that, it can cause damage to most of the rugs except the synthetic rugs. However, it's not recommended when other options are there. Using white vinegar is safer.

Gather four things for that- warm water, white vinegar, cloth cloths, and a spray bottle. Make a solution of vinegar and water. The combination would be a cup of warm water and one tablespoon of vinegar. Moisten the cloth with the solution. Then blot the stain off the rug gently. In some cases rinsing after that might be required. At the end, blot up the excess moisture and then dry up the rug in the air.

Baking soda: For absorbing odor baking soda is an effective element. The paste of water and baking soda is also workable to extract stubborn dirt. To begin with the cleaning of the rug with backing soda sprinkle the solution over the rug. Wait for 15 minutes to a couple of hours. The duration depends on the severity of the odor. After that vacuum that place thoroughly. For strong odor apply the element on the affected area directly.

If you are confident about the DIY method it can be okay. However, any mistake in doing so can cause damage to the rug which can result in costly repair and replacement. Also, the possibility of limited effective and incomplete cleaning remains in the DIY method.

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Our total approach to restoring your storm or flood-damaged property to its pre-damaged condition includes these steps:

Step 1

We inspect the damage thoroughly to identify affected areas and determine the extent of damage to create a tailored restoration plan that meets your specific needs.

Step 2
Water Extraction

We use advanced equipment to swiftly remove standing water from the affected areas and prevent further damage to your property.

Step 3
Drying & Dehumidification

We deploy industrial-grade air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers to dry out damp areas and prevent mold growth from forming at your home or office.

Step 4
Cleaning & Sanitization

We clean and sanitize all affected areas to eliminate contaminants and ensure a safe environment for the long haul at your property in Alaska.

Step 5

After thorough drying and cleaning, we repair structural damage, replace damaged materials, and restore affected areas to bring your property back to its pre-damage condition.

Our Professional Rug Cleaning Process

pets on dirty rug

Besides minor cleaning of rugs cleaning and maintenance, a rug user should get professional help in rug cleaning at least once a year. By that one can retain the design of their rugs along with comfort for longer. Our rug cleaning process follows the steps below which are roughly similar to other companies' processes.

Step 1 : Inspection & pick up

Step 2 : Follow up inspection

Step 3 : Dusting

Step 4 : Clean, wash & rinse

Step 5 : Drying

Step 6 : Combing & brushing

Step 7 : Fringe grooming

Step 8 : Vacuuming & final inspection

Step 9 : Fiber protector & pad

Step 10 : Delivery

How Rugs Get Pet Stains and Odor

There are many ways rugs get dirty by pets. Those are:

  • Pollen, dirt, and soil carried by the pets over the rugs
  • Feces, urinary accidents, vomiting by pets
  • Pets without potty training can cause stains and odor on the rug
  • Some pets spray urine to spot their territory
  • Pet dander doesn't create odor but it traps the elements that cause odor

By keeping away the elements from rugs and also preventing these events it's possible to keep the rug free of odor and stain. Rug protection is also a good option.

Contact Heirloom® Rug Cleaning for First Class Rug Cleaning Services

You definitely wouldn't want your rug harmed by wearing and tearing or discoloration. At the same time, bad odor coming from it will be enough to spoil the peace of your home. So what are you waiting for? Contact Heirloom® Rug Cleaning to get the ultimate service experience of rug cleaning in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, and other nearby service areas. We have state-of-the-art equipment & facility. Our certified cleaning team is efficient enough to clean almost all types of rugs without causing any harm.

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