Emergency Care for Oriental Rugs

In this article, Emmett discusses what to do with your Oriental Rug in the the event of a spill, pet accident, or flood.

If you don’t find the information you need below, call 1-888-811-RUGS (1-888-811-7847) or 510-526-1087 during business hours.

Spills and Pet Stains

1. Whether it is wine, coffee, coolaid, urine, paint or whatever, the first step is to remove as much of it as possible from the rug- as soon as possible. Paper towels work well. Keep blotting until you have got as much out as possible.

2. After blotting, many spills will require diluting. If it is clear that much of the spilled substance is still in the rug, dilute it with water (assuming that the substance is water soluble)- as much water as necessary. That may mean a half cup for a small spill or it may mean a quart of water for a major spill. Don’t get the rug sopping wet unless you need to.

Please note that some rugs have unstable dyes that may run if you put water on them. But they are a small minority of all rugs. Sometimes you simply must take a chance.

3. Now back to blotting. Get as much out as possible.

4. If the rug has become wet in the process, you needn’t panic. Chances are that it can stay wet for at least several days without harm. Still, you will have to manage the wet rug and promote drying. If the rug is quite wet, you may have to elevate it to promote air circulation under it. You might just stuff some wadded up newspapers under it. You may wish to play a fan on the rug to circulate air.

5. If the rug is still stained after all your efforts, consider taking it to a professional rug washer as soon as you can. Very often spills come out in the wash.

6. Do not use spot removers on Oriental rugs that are formulated for use on wall to wall carpeting. They will harm the wool pile of your rug.


Urine stains from pets are probably the most common of all stains in Oriental rugs. They present a special problem because urine actually changes the chemical composition of dyes once it has had a chance to set. The best strategy then (besides preventing it from happening) is to remove it the same way as other stains- as fast as possible. After removing as much as possible, rinse the area with a solution of water and distilled white vinegar- about one tablespoon per cup of water- and then remove as much as possible from the rug. If a urine stain is already dry when you discover it, act as quickly as possible anyway, and get the rug to an Oriental rug cleaning specialist. Enzyme type urine removers feed on wool and should not be used on Oriental rugs.

Wet Rugs

If your rug has become sopping wet from plumbing problems, a leaking roof, as a result of firefighting or anything else, the situation may not be as bad as you fear. A rug can stay wet for at least several days before it is harmed. Still, you must do the best you can to manage it. Even though the water and the rug are dirty, your priority most likely will be to get the rug dry. You can have it washed later.

In many cities there are 24 hour emergency services available to deal with wet rugs. You can find them in the phone book under carpets. Their work seems satisfactory on carpeting, but sometimes inappropriate and even harmful on Oriental rugs. Unless you are simply overwhelmed, you may be better off to handle the problem yourself.

1. If possible, get the rug to a wooden deck, a concrete patio or even a sidewalk. If you have a squeegee on a long handle, use it to squeegee out the water, pushing in the direction of the pile. In a pinch, you can use the back of a heavy garden rake as a substitute for a squeegee. Get as much water out of the rug as possible.

If you cannot get the rug to a flat, outdoor surface, you may vacuum it with a Shop Vac or other wet-or-dry type vacuum, pulling as much water as you can from the rug.

2. After squeegeeing or vacuuming it, you may now roll the rug without folding it and stand it on end, letting it stand until water is no longer dripping from it.

3. At this point the rug is still damp but no longer sopping wet. Finish drying it however you can. If you have good weather, you can dry it in the sun. If you must, dry it indoors in a warm room, elevating it, if necessary, to let air circulate around it. A fan trained on the rug will help.

4. If necessary, you can, at your convenience, have the rug washed by professional specialists.


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    Anna C November 19, 2007

    Our dog threw up on our oriental rug. It is yellow in color. What do you recommend to clean it? Thank you very much.

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    Richard November 19, 2007

    Try cold water and a mild soap. Follow instructions above for “Spills and Pet Stains”

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    debbie December 20, 2007

    what about vomit odor??????? removal for an oriental wool rug/nonpile type

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    Bob December 21, 2007

    I have a large carpet – and it got wet (about only 1/5 of the carpet (on one edge) due to water flooding. It was only wet for about 30mins or so. I did dry it (elevating, cool fan, etc). There was a noticeable amount of color coming out of the carpet (I guess that is normal).

    Now there is a water stain on the rug. Is there any way to get rid of this and retore the rug back to normal? The place I purchased the rug from said No – it will never get back to normal. I could claim on insurance, but I do like this rug!

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    Richard December 22, 2007

    You can try liquid Lysol diluted with water 5 parts to one. I can’t, without seeing the carpet, advise this as the piece may have fugitive dyes. If you want to chance it this should do the trick. Try it with a spray bottle if you go ahead with it. Good Luck!

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    Richard December 22, 2007

    Can you send me a photo of the area? Richard@internetrugs.com.

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    Marilyn March 7, 2008

    I have several pet urine stains that have dryed on a beautiful oriental rug. The rug is in a room that is rarely used and therefore went unnoticed for some time. The spots have presented yellow spots. Is there anyway to dye the color back?

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    Hollie March 11, 2008

    I want to take my wool black and white rug to the car wash.I do not have the money to have them procleaned. if i dry them out real well will thay be ok?

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    Fred April 20, 2008

    I dicovered that my dog threw up on our oriental rug and it looks like it has been there for a few days. I put water on it and blotted up as much as possible but there is still a yellow stain and the blotting is not blinging up any more on the cloth. Any suggestions? Thank you

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    Sandy April 29, 2008

    My dog apparently had the runs during the night on my wool area rug. I didn’t have time to even start to deal with it until the evening. Shall I follow the same instructions as above for vomit and/or urine? Shall I look forward to yellow staining on my olive green rug?
    Thanks in advance.

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    ann May 1, 2008

    I used an enzyme cleaner on my oriental rug where I had pet stains and now they are larger and yellow–help???????? Is there anything to do about it???

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    Richard May 2, 2008

    I’ve heard that those enzyme products are very bad for carpets made from vegetal based dyes. The problem is that the enzymes break down the proteins in the pet stain and then start on the dyes. My best advice is to call 831-425-7847. Talisman Restoration. They are the best rug cleaners on the west coast and may have some ideas. Best Of luck.

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    GinaR May 28, 2008

    Great, practical article – especially about the information on how the rug can stay wet for a couple of days.

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    sanjie June 2, 2008

    i have paint stains on my wollen jumper, i was wondering if you could help me remove them, some suggestions would be nice, thanks.

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    stan June 25, 2008

    my cat threw up on an oriental rug in my bedroom; i picked up the waste with a paper towel, but it left a slightly darker stain on the spot, so i applied a sponge with water and tiny bit of soap to the spot, and a day later the darker stain had expanded to the size of the sponged area, and the water stain remains. what to do?

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    Richard June 26, 2008

    Sounds like the piece is just wet. You’ve done everything you can. I’d just wait to see if the stain goes away as the carpet dries.

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    alyssa Warterfield August 19, 2008

    If you’re drying a wool/silk blend rug on a wood deck in the sun, will it dry faster face up or down?

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    Amy September 12, 2008

    I have an idian rug 100% wool. My dog wet on it and my house sitter cleaned with with woolite carpet cleaner.
    I noticed it still smelled so I put natures miracle on it. Then found this web site! So I drug the rug out to the driveway and poured vingar-water solution on the sport and have left it out to dry in the sun. I’m not sure if because it is still wet but there is still a smell. Any suggestions?

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    Amy September 12, 2008

    Sorry I can’t spell, thats spot not sport! However it was a sport me getting that darn rug outside!!

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    kenya October 24, 2008

    my son spilled milk on our pakistani rug. i tried to clean it with water, but it dried and now it’s hard in that spot. what should i do?

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    Richard October 26, 2008

    You need to use more cold water to remove the milk.

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    mona horwitz April 16, 2009

    oriental rug stained or DYED by cat vomit my light grey rug now has large yellow stain PLEASE help Thanks I am in Utah

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    Janet April 26, 2009

    I am being given a persian rug from my new landlord who is ridding contents from his mother’s house so I believe she has had it for quite a few years. He said he paid quite a bit for it and it is in good shape, except for a red wine stain in a small area at the end of the carpet. Since I don’t know how long the stain has been there or if they had tried to rid the wine stain somehow, but I like to know, after all this time, is there any way or anything I can do to get of the stain now? If I can get the stain out, I’d like to have it my living room and not in the family room in the basement!! Any suggestions? Thanks

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    Richard May 2, 2009

    There is a product on the market called Wine Away http://WWW.wineaway.com. I have used this several times with “good” and “amazing” results. Wine stains that are left for any length of time are usually permanent, but this product may help. Love to know if you try it and what the results are.

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    Aimee May 2, 2009

    Hi~ I was trying to clean a stain on my antique wool pulled rug and it took some of the color out. What medium can I use to put some color back?

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    Richard May 14, 2009

    We’d have to see a picture of what has happened to the dyes to give you any kind of advice.

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    Faye June 1, 2009

    My in-laws have several very expensive oriental rugs in all sizes that they have said when they downsize to a condo, they would like to give to us. These rugs are beautiful but have been peed on by their dogs for the last 30 years, with professional cleanings every so many years. At the last cleaning 3 years ago, the rug cleaner said it took 3 washings before the “water ran clear”. While I would love to have beautiful and valuable rugs, I am wondering if the smell can ever be removed? To my nose, every time I walk in their house, all I can smell is dog urine, and I can’t live with that.

    Is there any hope? Or will we have to politely decline?

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    Liz June 3, 2009

    Our son spilled water down the center of our long rug runner yesterday afternoon. I sopped up as much water as a could with towels yesterday, it was still a bit wet. This morning, the rug is warped on the side (up and down hills). Is there any way I can fix this?

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    Richard June 4, 2009

    If you still smell urine, the carpets were not washed properly. The company we use, Talisman in Santa Cruz, Ca., may be able to direct you to a better carpet cleaner in your area. The phone number is 831-425-7847. Never turn down an Oriental Rug if you can help it.

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    Ann August 23, 2009

    I have a Chinese Wool Carpet with two urine marks lighter than the original color. Can they be removed? The carpet is a mauve color.

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    Stan September 9, 2009

    Any suggestions to keep my dog from urinating on my oriental rug. Love your site and clean up suggestions. Saw also where putting baking soda on an area will help pull odors out. Any problems with that on oriental rugs??

    Thanks much

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    Richard September 12, 2009

    Urine stains if not immediately removed are usually permanent. It would take a specialist to redye the area back to the original color. It tends to be very expensive.

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    Richard September 12, 2009

    There are products on the market that I have heard will work to keep the dog off the carpet. A google search will probably bring something up. I recommend only cold water, gentle soap, and distilled white vinegar for urine. I wouldn’t use baking soda.

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    Tana October 19, 2009

    Hi, I just bought a used wool rug that seems to be warped underneath. It won’t lie flat completely and looks rumpled. Any ideas on how this can be corrected? Thanks.

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    Jess November 12, 2009

    My friend’s stupid friend spilt a whole bottle of beer on my big rug, then my other silly friend put vanish on it and when it dried the colours from the dye under the rug have seeped through and it had made a huge patch of the rug go a really bright blue!!! Is there anything i can do, like dye it back or anything?

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    Lydia December 13, 2009

    HELP! A party guest spilled a glass of red wine on our Peshewar wool rug last night. I immediately blotted up as much as possible and tried to dilute it with wet towels. My husband then sprayed it with a stain remover called ‘Mother’s Helper’ (a bad idea I am sure). I then used more water to try and remove this cleaning solution. The stain is somewhat faded but definitley still there. This morning I now have a baking soda/water paste on it. What can I do to get rid of this stain?!?! I welcome any suggestions!

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    Mrs. williams January 2, 2010

    One of our dogs got around the sofa in a tiled area with the dog beds. He pooped on the Pottery Barn Kilim carpet near the xmas tree. My husband did what he could to get most of the fecal material off the carpet but he also used a scotch kitchen sponge (bad idea) and it started to “pill”? What can we do now or do we need to take it to a specialist? We did not want to use any chemicals and it was of course, New Years Day. Any suggestions? We leave in the East Bay of the SF Bay area.


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    Mailan January 26, 2010

    I had a someone come over to clean my microsuede couch. In the process oversprayed and caused stain on my brand new persian rug. He came back the second time 2 weeks later and cleaned it again, now the stain is bigger than before. I could sue them but rather just want to get my rug back the way it was. What to do?

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    karen June 21, 2010

    My dog threw up on my chinese rug. Many people asked about vomit smell, but I dont see any answers. I soaked up the liguid with a carpet cleaner but did not put any water or anything on it because I didnt think you can get wool wet. It has been two days and it smells bad. What should I do?

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    Jonah June 22, 2010

    Our dog has chosen our large dining room Persian rug to relieve himself, as his favorite place even when he has assess to an outside dog door! We have had a professional steam cleaner clean the rug, there are no discolorations, but their is still a slight order. We had one person suggest that we that the rug outside and pour kitty litter the size of the rug and lay the run on it, the sprinkle kitty litter on the tog as well. Let it sit there for a good long time. Then vacuum the kitty litter off. Do you think it is worth a try. Cat little isn’t that expensive. Thanks for your help!!

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    Richard June 24, 2010

    Give it a try.

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    Richard June 24, 2010

    If you’d like to send me a photo of the carpet I’d be happy to help. With most carpets it’s fine to use a little soap and water to clean spills and stains. The problem is that some carpets are woven with dyes that are unstable and by adding water the colors bleed. You can test this with a damp cloth rubbing over the area and looking for color transfer. If there is no transfer you should be fine. One can use a little liquid Lysol as a deodorant for pet problems mixed with water.

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    holly alonso July 18, 2010

    A rug got wet, and dried on a wooden deck, but still ended up rumpled, with waves up and own along one side. What can I do?

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    Arti August 11, 2010

    I have a turkish rug that was urinated on three times before I caught it. I have new hardwood floors now and want to bring this ryg back in BUT not until I can safely clean it. I can not afford a professional to take care of this so I am wondering which remebdy I have seen here is the best?

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    Arti August 11, 2010

    Excuse my typos, I am really upset about my rug

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    Richard August 12, 2010

    Can you send me a pic of the rug to the above address? It will help me advise you.

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    Megan August 12, 2010

    BTW, I have an Indian hand woven wool rug that my cat vomited on and it sat for a while, when we were out of town. All I did was take a butter knife and scrape it off. No stain, no water needed. Easy.

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    jeremy August 13, 2010

    The best enzyme cleaner I have found for carpet cleaning is SCOE10X. It worked wonders for my carpet, lifting the stain and the smell out.

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    danielle August 20, 2010

    My son vomited on a wool rug with a dye that transfers when rubbed with a damp cloth. We cleaned most of it up, but it still smells. I am afraid to use a mild soap and water because so many comments suggest that this might pull the dye out and change the coloring in that spot. Any suggestions?

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    Stephanie September 7, 2010

    My dog urinated on my Indian rug (tea stained). I blotted up the urine, then used a stain remover for dog urine (probably should not have done this). It has been three days . . . is there anything I can do at home myself without having to bring the rug to a cleaner? Can I treat it with water and vinegar?


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    SaintAnger September 12, 2010

    Hello, my friend was visiting and for some reason brought her dog over. The dog was not house trained and made a pee in another room. I noticed it a few days later because somehow it did not smell very much. Luckily there was a sheet folded up on the floor that got the brunt of the pee, but some of it got onto my wool-silk oriental rug. The rug was hardly wet but it smelled slightly, maybe it had dried. I tried to blot it up but I wonder if I damaged it more. I could see some of the dye on the paper towel. Drying it now, but the part I worked on looks like it got trampled! Maybe I should have left it alone.

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    Sick Over Rug in AR! November 8, 2010

    Unfortunately, my pomp had decided to use my Kensington rug as her pee spot! No damage on front side after thoroughly cleaning with Bissell cleaner; however, the back side of rug has large pee stains over 1/2 of it….any suggestions on how to get rid of stains and terrible smell. The backing is a weave-style.

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    Richard November 11, 2010

    Professional cleaning is recommended.

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    Alison November 29, 2010

    My dog urinated on the silk/wool blend runner in the hall- I cleaned it with hot water and white vinegar until I could not get anymore yellow urine out of the rug anymore- that is great, however, the urine is extremely oilly because of the food I feed my dog (Blue Buffalo). Any suggestions as to what would cut the oil off the rug?

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    cathy December 2, 2010

    I have an oriental rug which my dog peed on. The house cleaner cleaned the rug with a carpet cleaner and now the rug smells like a wet wool coat. What will get rid of the smell?

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    Kat January 27, 2011

    My boyfriend’s dog went number 2 on my mom’s oriental rug. We got up as much as possible and then sprayed pet stain remover on it (probably should not have used this) and then blotted it up. For the most part it came out, but it is a mostly black rug with pastel flowers on it and the black dye ran into the pastel sections of the rug. What can be done to get rid of the dye stains? Will professional cleaning get it up?

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    Julie May 7, 2011

    Our dog peed and pooped on our oriental rug. I used “Incredible” cleaner on the 2 spots but you can still see a slightly darker area where the spots were. It has now been 2 weeks. Is there anything you would recommend doing? Is it too late to try using water and vinegar?

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    DODI KARIM TABBAA May 20, 2011

    help…my rugs are getting out of shape
    need to pull it back into shape any suggestions?
    do persian and afghan rugs need to be aired in the sun?

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    Linda May 28, 2011

    We have a silk rug (Qom) and there were two small droplets of blood on it. I should have left them as they were not as conspicuous as the slight shading (water mark) which I have caused trying to remove the spots (soda water/salt with a chamois block). Any suggestions or should I just get used to the shading – not exactly stains but it seems the fibres may have been damaged. In some lights – it is not noticeable but in others it’s like a neon sign (to me)!

    Thanks for any advice you may have.

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    Ella May 31, 2011

    Help! I have a party next week and discovered that my dog has been peeing on my large oriental in a room infrequently used. I had a professional carpet cleaner come in to clean, but the odor is terrible. Can I clean it my self by taking it outdoors? I don’t think I have time to send it to a professional cleaner. Thanks

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    Grace June 2, 2011

    I put flour on my carpet and tried to get out with water but it made it all hard. How do I get it unhard?

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    cheryl July 4, 2011

    I dropped a gallon of milk on my rug, only 1/2 of it spilled onto the rug. How can I get it out??

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    Samantha July 5, 2011

    My dog vomited on my kilim, I washed it with soap and water, left it to dry and it still stank! I ended up taking it to be dry cleaned but it still smells of vomit, is there any way to get rid of the smell please?

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    Christina July 20, 2011

    We recently bought a new home. An oriental carpet was part of the deal. The rug smells of urine and it seems like this has gone on for a long time. The urine stains have seeped through to the hardwood floors. Any suggestions on cleaning the entire rug? I was thinking of taking it outside, hosing it off first, then cleaning with a mild soap, vinegar and water then hosing to rinse. I would then allow the rug to dry in the sun. Any thoughts? HELP

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    Christina July 20, 2011

    Can I hose off and saturate a completely urine stained oriental rug? I would then clean with soap and vinegar, rinse and allow to dry in the sun. These stains are old and cover the entire carpet.

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    Donald July 27, 2011

    Cat peed several times on my small semi-antique Baluchi rug. I put the rug on a wooden deck and have saturated it with water a number of times from the garden hose. Is there a possibility, or is this wishful thinking, that ultimately the urine will be partly washed away, or evaporated by the sun?

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    Linda August 2, 2011

    I bought a beautiful Mars Manchester 100% wool rug (9X13) at the thrift store. It is in beautiful condition except it had thrift store foot traffic on it for about a month until I bought it (a fabulous buy at $200.00). It is very dirty in the “walking zones” and clearly looks darker than the places where it was not walked on. How can I clean it without doing any damage to the rug?

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    Malzy August 13, 2011

    Help, I have a large and very thick persian wool carpet which has never been cleaned since we bought it 16 years ago. We have had many dogs in the past and now the carpet is starting to smell like dry dog urine. Do I take this rug out side and soak it down with a hose then apply a strong solution of vinegar and woolite soap, hose down again and let the sun dry it outside?

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    Cristine August 27, 2011


    I went away for vacation for 6 weeks and my husband travels frequently and although we had people (obviously unreliable) watch our 2 cats they peed several times all over the villa. All the carpets they peed on were thrown out with the exception of a very thin silk/cotton carpet the I desperately want to save. We’re in the middle east and have not been able to find anyone to clean them properly (previous experience ruined the tassles on a 5 x 8 carpet and took several months for them to fix) Thank you for any advise you can offer.


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    lindsey September 2, 2011

    A dog urinated on my oriental rug, I have tried to get most of the moisture out. I don’t think it will stain as the rug is very dark (except for the fringe, is there a different process for white fringe?) but i want it to be disinfected.

    I am very scared to put the distilled vinegar on the rug, in case *that* affects the color of the rug.

    Do you have any other disinfecting recommendations?

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    Ruth September 11, 2011

    Hi, I have just spilled coffee on my chinese rug. Any suggestions to get the stains out?

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    molly stark September 16, 2011

    wind and rain wet my oriental carpet and caused some red dye spilling onto other colors. Is there anything to gently remove the unwanted red dye?

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    rochelle October 2, 2011

    My dog peed on our rug and we soaked and soaked the rug, as well as blotted and blotted. We used the white vinegar solution also. It appears clean and non stained. Do we still need to take it to a professional cleaner?

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    Judy November 19, 2011

    I have my parents 80 year old Karastan Sarouks – both are very large rugs and beautiful. I had them in a dry storage area wrapped in black plastic for a year – I recently went to my storage locker only to find moths had eaten into my rugs. Would you happen to know if a could find a buyer that would have these re-knotted. I’m in a position now that I cannot afford to get them fixed – it kills me because they have been in the family now for so long.

    Thank you for your comments.

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    samanta December 6, 2011

    I want to buy a used silk and wool Persian carpet which is very expensive. The rug has a 2-3 inches yellowish discoloration on it, when I asked the seller he said it was a soda dropping on it. I am not sure if they ever tried to rinse it or not, how long ago it happened and if it was soda or something else but what I see is a yellow-orange discoloration. My question is, is it possible to remove this stain from a silk carpet and how? Is it possible that the discoloration became permanent and how can I find it out?

    Thank you in advance

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    Jenny December 9, 2011

    I have a Tibetan wool rug (pink/rose, green, blue, and cream) One of out dogs had a gastrointestinal bleed and vomited and pooped blood all over the center rose area. I soaked up as much as I could and used mild dish detergent (Joy) and water to clean it as best as I could but there is still and odor and discoloration. Any suggestions? Thank you for your time.

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    Anna February 10, 2012

    Our housecleaner sprayed too much yellow tinted wood cleaner on our table that sits in the middle of a silk rug. I happened to move the table and found that the excess wood cleaner drained onto the carpet and left 2 long yellow stains in the capret.It has since dried. I have no idea how to remove. No reputable professional cleaners around here. Help!

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    Lisa February 26, 2012

    I inherited a wool rug from my parents, which turned out to be infested with moth eggs. The moths didn’t start hatching until months after I got the rug (they had it cleaned and assured me it was fine). The moths have eaten everything in the house that is wool or silk (rugs, furniture, clothing, stuffed animals, etc.) I’ve lost thousands of dollars of belongings due to moths– many things I just dumped into the trash. The biggest items are my 3 expensive handknotted wool rugs (not the original offender, which has since gotten a one way trip to the landfill). My rugs are 9 x 12 and larger, and were quite costly. As such, I can’t just trash them. They are severely moth eaten (mostly where my pets relieved themselves on them), despite white vinegar soakings, multiple professional cleanings, vacuuming frequently, and so on. I have them rolled up in 2 rooms, and I’m afraid to unroll them and see what’s left of them. Is there any hope, or have I lost thousands more dollars due to moths? Ultimately, I’d like to sell them– I’ve had it with wool and silk and will never buy anything made from either again.

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    Richard February 27, 2012

    The moths that eat carpets don’t eat silk so you may have another problem. Moths do however gravitate to wool carpets that have urine residue in them. A carpet that is professionally cleaned should be free of moth problems.

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    victor March 3, 2012

    If you are having a problem with pet urine smell stains,color run Oriental rugs , we are in Dalals Tx, (214) 821-1555

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    Cora March 13, 2012

    There is an excellent odor product called Zero Odor. I have used it on my orientals and carpets. Once you thoroughly clean the soiled area you kightly spray Zero Odor on it and there is no smell.

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    Denise March 27, 2012

    I was just given a beautiful silk rug which is rather large. The previous owner had pets which had accidents on the carpet (ie fecal stains, urine stains and vomit). The stains are not terribly large but they are there none the less. I have never had such an expensive rug before and she warned me not to use water to try to clean silk. Is this true? What can I use to try to save these beautiful rugs?

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    Wendy May 29, 2012

    I have a beautiful Chinese Art Deco Rug, my dog peed on it and the smell is atrocious, I took it out on the deck and hosed it off. Bad idea! The carpet is now stiff and the odor is worse than ever. Can it still be saved?

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    Anonymous June 1, 2012

    I got a red wine stain out of my wool area rug but it has now dried all wavy along the edges, seems like it has shrunk when it dried. How can I flatten it again?

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    Courtney July 22, 2012

    My boxer just had diarrhea on a very big and expensive oriental rug of mine.. it was halfway dry when we found it. We’ve wiped most of it up but what should we do to get the rest of it out??

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    Rebecca October 5, 2012

    During Hurricane Isaac, a tree took out our roof and several of our Persian rugs were completely soaked. We had to evacuate, so I only had a little time to prop them up on chairs/furniture. Amazingly (and especially after we got power/AC back), they did dry out, and the dyes didn’t run! After cleaning, the rugs now look absolutely beautiful. Luckily, the best rug we own, an antique, room-sized Heriz, was not damaged at all. This site helped me to figure out how to approach these problems, so thanks for the help! All’s well that ends well, I suppose!

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    Kathy October 10, 2012

    We have a large oriental rug. Our dog had a few accidents (urine & throwing up) over the years. We immediately washed the areas and did our best to dry them. We just had the rug professionally cleaned, however, when we picked it up it smells “sour”. We are told that this will not go away as it is from dog urine. Is there any way to rid this rug from the smell? Thanks much.

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    Deanna October 31, 2012

    We have an 8 by 12 Persian rug we were told came from Iran. It has scarabs in it which we were told are sacred in the middle east. Of course our dog had to pee on it so I have been cleaning it with Woolite and cold water. however, the ammonia smell still lingers so I will try the white vinegar rinse. I am sending pictures to your email. Thank you.

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    Richard November 16, 2012

    If I haven’t responded, White distilled vinegar and perhaps a bit of liquid Lysol is fine. Woolite should be substituted with Dawn dish soap.

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    Amanda April 19, 2013

    I did some research online and found that I could wash my wool rug with water hose outside and mild natural soap and vinegar, which I did. I had to shop vac it because it was completely soaked by the time I finished. I have had it out to dry in the sun whenever possible for the last three days. (I live in GA and despite the forecast, the weather has failed to cooperate.) I have rolled it up with dry towels/blankets laid over it when necessary because of the rain, but Woe is Me! The entire rug has a foul odor to it much like cat urine. I do not and have never owned any pets so I don’t know if this is a by-product of the wool staying damp for so long or?… Any advice is wonderful. If I have to resoak/rewash it that’s fine, I’m just trying to save it without doing it any further harm at this point. Thank you.

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    Deanna July 16, 2013

    PLEASE HELP! My 18 month old vomited on the rug last night. In a panic, I brought it outside & hosed it down, in the morning I noticed that the green dye from a part of the rug is now all over the white part. If I keep spraying it, I’m worried part of the rug will be faded. Should I spray it till there’s no more green dye? Should I wet the whole rug? What should I do?

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    stephen. March 28, 2014

    Hi. I bought a red afghan rug. Have discovered it has definitely been “painted” as I rubbed it with a wet towel and it left a large red stain and a water mark on the rug. Can you reccomend any way to remove the excess dye? Or am I stuck with a rug that will run? It’s a large turkmam bukhara with big guls. Most grateful for info. Stephen.

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    AmiNaj April 24, 2014

    Please help I don’t know what to do to my original Persian rugs .I put them for 3 years in store , yesterday I found that they were damaged , they are eaten by an insects that had eaten the wool surface of the rug .How to get rid completly of these insects .

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    Adair July 1, 2014

    We have a beautiful cream and blue fleur de lys hand knotted rug. I spilt water on it, blotted it a bit and left it to dry, it now has very bad brown water staining . What would you recommend I am having kittens!! I thought water would just dry out ok!!

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    Joie July 18, 2014

    It is a little hard to do with a thicker, larger rug but to help get excess water out, lay thick white towels over and under where it is very wet, roll the towels and the rug up, cover it with another towel and “stand on it; the water will be soaked into the towels. You can do it several times if you need to. This works great for clothes that get sopping wet too.

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    Robin August 2, 2014

    what is the best way to straighten out an antique runner? Both sides of the runner “wander”.

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    Janet August 19, 2014

    Just curious. I took a beautiful hand made rug ($6,000) I got from my elderly mother who had a little poodle that had urinated on the rug to a professional rug cleaner for cleaning. They told me they could get the urine stains out. They charged me $450 for the cleaning. When I got the rug back, it was rolled up in plastic and still wet and I rubbed my hand over a urine stain they didn’t get out and it had strong urine smell. Then they told me they got 70% of the stains out but not all of them because they had been there so long. Is this correct? I paid $450 expecting to get a clean, odor free rug back and now can’t put it in my living room due to odor. Just curious if I should ask for my money back. Thanks.

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    Distressed October 8, 2014

    Is it possible to kill clumps of moth eggs in oriental rugs with boiling water followed by blow drying them with a hair dryer?
    Also, does vinegar and hot water kill moth eggs?

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    ASib January 13, 2015

    I spilled a glass of water on my Moroccan kilim which appears to have made the colours bleed overnight. I blotted some out last night but it was still wet this morning. Is there any way to reverse this process ?

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    edla February 24, 2015

    Yipes!! I just spilled an entire bowl of vegetable beef soup on a gorgeous Bijar rug.
    What do I do?

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    JZ March 2, 2015

    thx I needed it

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    Shoshi May 27, 2015

    We were observing Shiva last Tuesday and I knocked a cup of red wine on my Aunt’s white oriental carpet. We blotted then used Wine Away. Not much difference. The we used Baking soda. My understanding is that the stain is still there. Would you please advise? Thank you. Shoshi

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    AM Steele June 23, 2015

    I have a very small Kilim rug that I washed in the washing machine on hand wash. (I know, I can hear you gasp, it was a bad choice). It did not come apart, but has lost some of it’s shape. I have it outside drying on a flat pad of cement and have very carefully tried pulling it back into shape. I do this like I would any woven fabric, but careful lying tugging on opposite sides of the rug, doing this lengthwise and then crosswise. Any chance I can get it back to it’s original shape? Or have I ruined it?

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    Richard June 25, 2015

    I did Gasp. You should be able to stretch it back into shape with a little work. I often suggest rolling lengthwise very tightly then doing it the other way. Best of luck!

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    CORNE MARAIS. August 24, 2015

    Sorry but rug is in storage and a photo is not available.It is a medium sized persian that I purchased at auction.It is not stained but a strong cat wee odor pervades the entire rug.Perhaps a cat?/dog is not to blame!Could the smell be attributed to wet?Please may I have your expert opinion on how this problem can be resolved with a home or purchased remedy.Thanks.

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    Charismatic behavior August 26, 2015

    My vindictive ex that my brand new oriental rug behind the shed instead of putting it in the shed just to get revenge like three of them and some parts are crunchy how do I salvage it the backing is messed up

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    Veronica January 3, 2016

    I have a super kashan rug quite old and a friends dog peed on it I just whiped it with kitchen towel then dried it off right away .should I have used cold water before I dried it ?

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    Barbie January 7, 2016

    I have an antique royal kerman wall to wall rug that has been in my family for over 60 years. My daughters pit pull vomited all over the white parts, of course. I’m devastated, but don’t want her to feel bad. The stain is large and orange. We tried blotting, dish detergent and water, carpet cleaner, and even laundry detergent and rubbing alcohol as last desperate effort. The rubbing alcohol seemed to help the best, but the stain is still there. I had an estimate on the carpet a year ago, and the estimators said I could use bleach on the white parts to clear a few small stains that I had at the time. I tried that, but the bleach seemed to actually bring the orange color back out. I can’t afford repairs or professional cleaning. Please advise.

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    Pat Hodges January 18, 2016

    We cleaned our wool carpets yesterday and this morning have noticed patches of green have appeared, there has been no spillage at all we were just refreshing the carpet. The carpet is 10 years old.

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    Kathy January 22, 2016

    Help! I spilled coca cola on a wool oriental rug that measures 16×10. The area is now 1ft x 2ft goldish-color stain. Can the stain be removed or is it permanent?

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    Stacy April 4, 2016

    Great site and advice. I have just discovered very dark yellow and hard dog pee stains. I live in Las Vegas and will try calling the California rug cleaner to see if he can recommend someone. I just wanted to thank you for all of your great advice and taking the time.

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    MaryP May 16, 2016

    I have a 10 X 15 Karastan carpet in reds and would like to get rid of it. In pretty good shape. Really don’t want to throw it away. Live in San Francisco Bay area. Any thoughts?

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    Ashley September 23, 2016

    Our dog peed a little on our Persian rug. I scrubbing it instead of blotting and it lost its texture. 🙁
    It’s a very thin rug.
    Is there a way I can get the smooth texture back?

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    chrissie May 12, 2017

    My much beloved part woven part tufted large Moroccan rug has had red wine spilled on it! Ugh! To my horror and in my absence people responsible used Vanish foam carpet cleaner to try to clean it. This has made it worse. The tufted area do not show too much but the woven thin stripes between have darkened and show pale orange and lime green. On my return I have given it to a local carpet expert who has removed all the vanish from the carpet gently but the stain is still there. I know theoretically Moroccan’s don’t drink but I can’t help but think there is a secret ingredient that they must use mopping up behind all us sloppy tourists?
    Would be so glad if your out there and read this.

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    Richard May 12, 2017

    Wine-Away is a n amazing product that removes most red wine stains. We use it here in the shop when we throw parties and have been very impressed with its results. You can find it here. https://www.wineaway.com/

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    Mary June 23, 2017

    Before using any detergents, blot the stain with paper towels until it is nearly dry. Then use a little cold water to remove the excess stain and blot it again. Let it dry naturally. Most stains disappear. Wetting the carpet too much will cause the backing to stain the top. so use as little water as possible.