How to Remove Pet Odor from Persian Rugs

Owning a pet can be one of the best experiences of our lives. Some of us can’t get along without a cat or dog or some other four-legged creature by our side.

Some of us also enjoy decorating our rooms with beautiful Persian, oriental or other natural fiber rugs and rugs made of animal skins.

Unfortunately, these two things don’t always mix, especially if there is an accident or two on your high-quality, imported Persian rug.

This can be a trying situation, especially if it’s urine, feces, or vomit. Accidents will happen, so you must be prepared for it.

The best way to get rid of any stain or odor is to get to it whenever it happens. It takes immediate response times to save any sort of carpet or rug, but it’s possible to get them out even if they’re set-in.

While the best way to get rid of the odors is to bring your rugs to a professional cleaner, you can get out pet odors with a bit of water, vinegar, and baking soda. Just follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Get some paper towels and blot the area the odor is coming from. If it is coming from the entire rug, feel free to wipe it down completely. It’ll take some time, but if you want to save some money, get some warm water and start blotting! It’s best not to rub too hard, though. It could damage the fibers in the rug.

Step 2: Mix some shampoo and water in a bowl and do the same thing. Get a soft-haired brush and comb the shampoo through the fibers in the direction of the nap—that is, when you run your hand across the surface, make sure it’s soft and not rough. The direction you should brush will be the softer direction.

Step 3: After you thoroughly shampoo the carpet with your brush, rinse it thoroughly with water. You can take it outside and drape it over something—use a weak-pressured hose or pour water over it to get all the soap out. A rubber squeegee helps a lot and assists in the drying process. Afterward, you can leave it out or take it back inside to dry. After the fringes feel dry, be sure to flip it over since the bottom could still be wet.

Step 4: After it is completely dry, it always helps to get out some baking soda and spread it along your rug. You don’t have to use much, but the powder will absorb the odor particles and make your rug as fresh as the day you bought it (or perhaps even more!) Let it sit overnight and then vacuum the baking soda up the next day. Be careful with the vacuum, however, and use a long brush. A shorter or harder brush could damage the fibers!

In all, if you’re unsure about anything, take it to a professional cleaner. There’s nothing wrong with paying a bit more money for the décor you love! Your pets will have accidents, which is part of being a pet owner.

Only discipline your pup or kitty if you catch them in the action. Any time after will only confuse them. Hopefully, you save your rug at the time, too. It helps to sometimes apply some white vinegar or citrus smells along the edge of your carpet—your pets won’t want to get on it at all!

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