How to Clean Your Area Rugs

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Sonia Foster

Subject: Small wool area rug

My grandchildren had an accident several times on this rug thstcwss in their room. This was six months ago. Any hope if getting the smell out? Rug is wool from India. Thank you.


Subject: area rug cleaning

Hi Angie i have a area rug in my living room i have no pets just to kids who runs in an out all day.. I tried cleaning my rug myself an let it sit outside it didnt work i just dnt like the way it smells an i cant get it clean.. Can i wash it in a large washer at the laundry mat???

Katie Jacewicz
Katie Jacewicz

Subject: Tips for choosing a rug cleaning company

Hi Angie,

Just like all our service providers, we'd recommend doing your homework! Especially if you're talking about an expensive rug, you want to make sure you find a company that will take good care of your investment. Our standard rule is to check out three companies - talk to them, get a feel for their business and compare estimates and what their services include. The benefit of using Angie's List is the member reviews - you'll get to read firsthand accounts of their experiences with local companies in your area, which may help when making your hiring decision. Not yet a member? Sign up today with promo code "ANSWERS" for 20% off your annual membership.

Alexis Meade

Subject: Area rug question

My dog vomited two days ago on our rug, when I cleaned it with an upholstery cleaner within an hour the stain was twice as large and the color had bled as well, is there any way you could get that out?


Subject: Stains on carpet and upholstery

Spot Shot (comes in a spray can). Follow the instructions on a can. I have used it to clean up wine stains on white upholstery, dog messes, you name it. It has worked EVERY time.

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RUN, don't catwalk away !

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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