29 January, 2018
Important tips to remember when dealing with stains to your oriental rug
Act Promptly: This is absolutely the most important part of rug stain removal. One of the reasons why some stains just refuse to go away or require extensive removal procedures is because they were not attended to immediately. The problem with this is the longer any stain is allowed to stay on the fabric of the rug, the more stubborn it becomes and the more difficult it is to remove.
If any liquid falls onto the rug, immediately blog up the excess liquid using a clean, absorbent towel, paper napkin or any piece of cloth. Always use a white cloth to prevent any accidental color run-off from the absorbing cloth. If any solid falls onto the rug, scoop it up immediately with a clean spoon or spatula and dab with a clean towel to absorb any liquid that may be present or to remove any leftover solid crumbs.
Although all Oriental rugs (most of which are made from wool or a cotton/wool blend) are vulnerable to permanent damage from pet stains, Oriental rugs which include silk fibers are especially at risk when it comes to damage from pet accidents.
The first and safest method you should employ when a pet urinates or vomits on your Oriental rug is to remove the material with a towel and warm water. Immediately after the accident happens (note that the longer you wait, the more likely it is that the acidic features of your pet’s urine or vomit will damage your rug’s fibers), blot the area with a warm, wet towel.
Make sure not to rub the area, which could help set the urine or vomit into the rug fibers, but to blot the area with an up-and-down motion, helping absorb the material into the towel.
Warm water and vinegar
If warm water doesn’t absorb and remove your pet’s accident, try adding a small amount (a few tablespoons, depending on the size of the stain) of white vinegar to warm water, and using this to blot the stain. Don’t try adding any other cleaning products (such as bleach or strong ammonia) to your solution, as these will likely make the stain worse and permanently discolor your Oriental rug.
Pre-Test before Using Any Cleaning Material: Before you use any cleaning material directly on the stained area, pre-test it by using it in a more inconspicuous area of the rug such as a corner. This is because some rugs may contain certain dyes that could react to some cleaning materials causing he color to fade or bleed, making it even worse than before.
Blot Gently Between Steps: When cleaning certain stains you may have to switch between using different liquids. This could cause excess liquid to accumulate in that area. Blotting between every step will prevent this. You have to be careful never to rub at a stain however. Rubbing a stain aggressively or scrubbing vigorously can send the stains deeper into the pile of the rug and will also abrade the rug fibers.
The recommended way to do this is by pressing the cloth down against the rug and holding it for a few minutes. If it is a deeper stain, place a folded towel or thick pad of cloth over the stain and hold it down with some weight. Keep it over the stain for a few minutes till all of the liquid is absorbed.
Never Use Bleach on A Persian Rug: It can be tempting to use bleach to remove a stain especially when it is a darker stain such as that left by red wine or coffee. While bleach is actually effective for removing such stains, it will also bleach away the dyes of the fibers, leaving the rug looking dull, faded and patchy.
After The Procedure, Dry the Rug As Soon As Possible: You should never leave a rug damp for any longer than absolutely necessary. The fastest way to dry a rug without doing any damage is to leave it under a fan or use a hair dryer for a few minutes. Do not keep it out in the sun as this can fade the rug.
The most trusted method for removing any stain from an Oriental rug is professional cleaning. Professional Oriental rug cleaners have time-trusted and efficient cleaning methods (similar to dry cleaners) which remove dangerous stains without further damaging your rug.
Make sure you take your Oriental rug to a trusted and certified Oriental rug cleaner. Since pet stains are a common issue among many Oriental rug owners, most professional rug cleaners should be able to easily remove the stain.
Please feel free to call us for a price on stain removal or any oriental rug repair you may need done.
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