Can I Steam Clean My Wool Carpet?

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Lois J

Subject: 85% WOOL/15% VISCOSE AREA RUG

8 year old area rug. White powdery granules continue to come off from back of rug. Yes I have a rug pad. Not sure how to -or if I should- clean rug. Pattern in rug so it does not look like it needs cleaning. Refinishing wood floor and wonder what I need to do to clean the rug -because it is 8 years old.
Thanks for any info

Bob MIddleton

Subject: Area rug

I own Rug-Ratz carpet cleaner in Shreveport LA. We clean rugs on and off site. The viscose mixture in your rug does make these tricky. I would not submerge clean it. Viscose is not meant to get wet.

Couple questions: Does the rug have a backing or can you see the pattern of rug on the back? and Do you use shake out powder deodorizer on it? If there's a backing then the glue holding the backing on could be breaking down into a powder. This usually happens if it gets wet. Now if you use powder like carpet fresh on the rug. It could be that its working its way through the rug. I do not recommend using a powder deo on any carpet or rug. You never get it all up and remaining powder acts like gritty dirt destroying the backing. If it has the backing and its the glue breaking down then there's not much you can do. But either way I would suggest you start with a dusting. You can call a professional and possibly take it too them and have them do it with a specialized machine. Or you can take it outside , turn it upside down and run your vacuum (with a beater bar) over the back real slow. Pick up rug. Sweep dirt and go at it again till no more comes out. then vacuum the top very very slowly. This is prolly the best thing you can do at this point. A professional shouldn't charge to much for just dusting. And should only take less than a hour once rug is in machine.


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If there is a strong urine smell, you have to assume their realtor noticed it even if they were acclimated to it and had them clean the carpets so there would be a chance of selling it. The fact there is still strong odor means it has saturated walls, run down behind baseboards, saturated carpet and mat and subfloor, etc.

Short of a total strip-down of all flooring and baseboards, shelves, mantles, etc and complete sanitizing and chlorine bleach treatment of thereby exposed surfaces followed by repainting and reflooring, you don't have a prayer of getting rid of it. If they let their cats spray and urinate in the house they probably did it all over the house, not in one area, as cats tend to want to go to the bathroom in a "clean" area, not in one fixed spot like dogs.

You are looking at probably $20,000 to get rid of the smell for sure, and even then if the house gets humid in rainy or hot sticky summer weather, the smell could come back out of subflooring, etc.

There are a lot of houses out there - I would bet you looked at this one with intent to buy because it was cheap compared to the competition - well, now you know why, and if you buy it I bet you will know why again every time you come into the house, and get run over by the same train when YOU try to sell it.

Just walk away.


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