While I was bedridden with the flu, my Boston terrier decided to have
his way with my brand new area rug. Thankfully I caught the stain
almost immediately (the dog looked guilty), but the damage was done.
I sopped up the excess urine as best I could, but as the rug is 100%
viscose rayon pile I knew not to apply water or a liquid cleaner. The
directions on the rug say to "vacuum frequently and apply only
powdered cleaners or dry clean". I am woefully ignorant about
powdered cleaners...is there some special brand I should look for and
if so, will my neighborhood store sell such an item? How does one
apply such a cleaner?
The rug has a silk-like appearance, but at $300 it's not a priceless
piece. However, it's more than I've ever spent for an area rug. If
dry cleaning is my best bet, should I seek out a cleaner who only
specializes in rugs?
Any help would be so appreciated! -Amanda
On 29 Dec 2003 11:39:11 -0800, benchley firstname.lastname@example.org (Google
(I just hate rug questions.) I found a product called "Resolve" works
well on carpet stains. It is a moist powder that is tapped into the
stain, allowed to dry, then vacuumed. I had an aquarium that leaked
and stained my nylon carpet and Resolve did not work. In that case, I
tried OxiClean which did remove the stain after alternating three
applications and rinses. (I do not recommend OxiClean on rayon rugs.)
An enzyme cleaner should also be effective on urine stain. A
professional dry cleaner can remove the stain too, but be sure to
provide all the details.
Take a look at www.DrClean.co.uk/surgery_stains/stains_carpets_howto1.asp
which shows how to remove an orange stain from a carpet using step-by-step
pictures. You can use exactly this technique and after you've used the
Acetic Acid solution use a 20% solution of ammonia and water. Both should
give you a good chance of success.
You will have to check for colour fastness though before you start.
Hope this helps
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