Here is a picture of a portion of the rug. The size is 10 x 8 feet and we have two of these rugs in our living room.
Well, when we brought the rug out of the basement at the end of September I could smell the dog urine immediately. I had my husband and son take the rug outside and drape it over the railing on our deck until I tried to figure out what I could do.
Now when the dog was wetting on the carpet my husband told me at the time that he would buy me a new rug as he wasn't ready to put the dog to sleep. The problem is this rug was purchased 10 years ago and was expensive - $750.00. I knew that it was out of the question to replace this rug and I also knew that I love my husband and I was willing to wait to see if the dog got better.
So now it was September and I had a smelly rug on my back deck and I knew it was ruined and no way could it be used in our home again, at least that is what I thought.
Sometimes the best ideas come from pondering the problem over a period of time. I started to think about all of the spot cleaners, rug cleaners and the detergents and vinegar that I had used over the years to spot clean the carpet. Most of those products leave a residue and end up holding the stain or smell to the carpet. It seemed to me that I needed to get some water on the rug and see if I could just douse it enough to rinse out all of the old cleaning products and see what happened.
I rinsed the rug one half at a time. I just draped 1 half of the rug over the railing and using the garden hose on the jet setting I power sprayed cold water at close range on that rug. Suds streamed off of the rug. I took my time and fortunately I picked a very warm day to do this as I was getting soaked. Then I took the hose to the back of the rug and did the same thing, finishing with a final rinse on the right side of the rug.
The rug sat in the sun for a day and while still damp I poured the following product all over the rug.
|Simple Solution: Urine Destroyer|
After I applied the Simple Solution to the rug ( I saturated the rug) I left the rug on the back deck for a week to let the sun do it's magic work too. I knew that the fresh air and sunshine would help refresh the rug.
All in all it took a little over two weeks to complete this process as I was working with a large area rug and I could only clean one half at a time. When we brought the rug in the house the only smell was the light scent of the Simple Solution. I did spray the rug once with Febreze after we had brought it back in the house.
It has been 3 weeks and the rug still smells great. Even when I sit on the carpet I can't smell any urine at all. It truly is a clean rug.
What was the cost of the cleaners? It took 6 bottles of the Simple Solution for a cost of around $36 plus tax. That is a lot cheaper than buying a new area rug.