Your beautiful oriental rug is looking far from its best – it’s been stained by grease, food, pet urine, baby food or something else you can’t bear to think about. Time is of the essence, that much you realize, but here below are a few tips for real emergencies:

  • Whatever it is – red wine, grease, pet urine etc – act fast. The longer you wait, the more problems you will face. Start blotting the area with paper towels, as many as necessary.
  • You need to dilute the stain. As long as the stain is water soluble, dilute it but be careful not to use too much water – you don’t want to end up with a rug that’s sopping wet because that’s just as much of a problem!
  • If the rug has become quite wet, try and get some air circulating by raising it, putting a fan on nearby or simply pacing some newspapers under it.
  • If you’re dealing with a pet stain, you need to think on your feet. The enzymes and bacteria in pet urine can really cause problems, so rinse the affected area with a mixture of one tablespoon of vinegar per cup of water.
  • If your rug is sopping wet (leaking roof, plumbing damage) your top priority is to get it dry. You can always clean it later. If you can, get it outside to a patio, wooden deck etc and tried to wring out the water with a squeegee on a long handle.

And if in any doubt whatsoever, call a professional…

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