I had asked a couple of days ago about a musty rug. I have since shampooed
it and left it outside to dry and the smell is still there. We called the
original owner and he said a dog 'may' have urinated on it at some point.
The thing is, the smell seems to come mostly from the underside and it
doesn't really smell like urine.
I can understand the dog taking a leak on the underside because the rug was
rolled up in his garage for some time. Anybody got any experience with the
smell of old dog's urine? It is a kind of mustyish, kinda bad smell. It
certainly makes the rug unusable. If it's very old urine, any suggestions
for cleaning it properly? The rug itself was very 'clean' as I got almost
no dirt out when I shampooed the top and underside of it.
"A dog may have urinated on it at some point."
What a joke. Having heard many lies from dog owners over the years, that
really means that the dog pissed on it at least once a day or more
frequently than that.
My favorite dog owner line is when the owner lets his dog run loose in a
public place and when I tell him that the dog should be on a leash, the dog
owner replies: "Oh, it's OK, he won't bite." and then if the dog does
bite, the dog owner replies "Oh, he never did that before." Dog owners are
the stupidist people on the planet.
pittsburgh has a carry in rug cleaning company. they put the carpet
thru a bath. had a houseful of carpet that needed that once, it was new
carpet in a rental, they had to run it 3 times.
kinda expensive new carpet may be a better value.
its important to make sure yoiu dont have a mold problem in the area,
like carpet on a concrete floor thats getting moist underneath. you
dont want your new carpet to get the same problem
Call your local carpet - rug cleaners. You want one who has in in shop
rug cleaning. They do a very thorough job, much better than you can do at
home or they can do in your home. You will also find that the price is
reasonable if you deliver and pick up the rug at their location.
A key factor in determining whether or not to have it done commercially
(which probably won't be inexpensive) is how much you paid for it. Since
it's at least second hand, you may have little invested. In such a case -
given the odor of mold, which is a fungus that grows - I'd pour full
strength white vinegar into a garden sprayer, lay the rug out upside down on
newspaper thick enough to absorb the over spray about to be generated, then
spray the entire rug to a point where the fibers are moist to the touch ...
penetrated a tad but definitely not soaked. Let dry a day or two. If a
significant difference is noted, flip the rug and do the same on the other
side. Vinegar will kill the living fungus (which is the source of true
"moldy" odors) by the pungent smell of the vinegar will dissipate and vanish
in a day or so. Note: This is an alternative to try ONLY if you have reached
the point that all other efforts have failed and commercial cleaning is the
last resort. Downside... have no idea how colors of your rug may react. If
all synthetic fiber... you're probably home safe. If natural fiber...
potential for discoloration exists.
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