Oriental Carpet Recovery
Because of the unusual beauty and
high cost of Oriental carpets it is almost always prudent to make a concerted
effort to recover them from urine contamination. This can present unique
problems for several reasons.
The most prominent of theses
problems is that Oriental and Middle Eastern manufactured carpets have not been
treated with any type of stain resistant material. This leaves the carpet and
backing vulnerable to both urine stains and odors. This condition also promotes
the storage of urine and urine residue in the carpet nap and backing.
The second problem is that Oriental carpets
are almost never laid over any kind of padding. With no where else for the
urine to go, the carpet backing material ends up with the bulk of
the urine residue instead of the padding (which is the case with normal carpet).
This results in a very high level of urea salt deposited in the carpet backing.
Bonded vs. Crystallized
As we have mentioned elsewhere, when urea salt begins to precipitate
out of decomposing urine, the first layer of salt chemically
bonds to the material it precipitates on. This layer or substrate will not
wash off and is no longer water-soluble. Subsequent layers of precipitating urea
salt form salt crystals on this substrate. The crystals are water-soluble and
will wash out or contaminate adjacent areas if given the chance. The trick
is to not give the salt the chance to contaminate other areas of the carpet
during the salt removal and OdorXit application process.
Small Carpet Light Contamination
If you are working with a small carpet and the
contamination seems to be minor (determined by the lack
of staining on the back of the carpet and floor) cleaning the contaminated
area with 1 part OdorXit, 1-2 parts carpet cleaner containing
surfactant and 30 parts water
in a home carpet cleaning machine and spraying or cleaning the back of
the carpet can be effective though it is not always.
If the contamination is more sever,
evidenced by stains on the back of the carpet and floor and the contaminated
area is near the edge or corner more aggressive action needs to be taken. If
the carpet is too large for you to handle safely or the contamination is not
near the edge, do not attempt the following procedure.
Larger carpet Heaver contamination
Assuming that the carpet is small
enough (one that can be hung over a porch railing, fence or other straight and rigid
support) and you have the facilities, carefully hang the carpet over a rigid
support so that the contaminated area you are treating is the lower most part
and there are no wrinkles or folds in the carpet. Saturate the contaminated
area (front and back) with a mixture of 1 part OdorXit, 1-2 parts carpet
cleaner with surfactants, and 20 to 30 parts of water. Stronger solutions have
not been shown to work better. Wait for 10 to 20 minutes and thoroughly rinse
the contaminated area with cold water using a hose with a nozzle. Let the area
dry naturally and out of the sun. Force
drying can cause shrinkage that is not repairable and will cause the carpet to
not lie flat on the floor.
If your carpet is too large for you to
safely handle or you do not have the appropriate setup to hang and
rinse the carpet, find a local carpet cleaning professional who
has a carpet cleaning machine designed for cleaning Oriental area
carpets. (These machines were last made in the 1930s and are fairly
rare though some custom built machines are starting to appear). Have them call us on our toll free help line 1877-ODORXIT
(1-877-636-7948) for assistance. They will probably resist calling
us because they are the carpet cleaning experts and know more than
anyone else about carpet cleaning. And though this may be true,
they are not odor removal experts. Just ask them for a guarantee
on the odor removal.
In all cases,
it is very important that some OdorXit solution come in direct contact
with all of the odor causing agents. If the OdorXit solution dries before
it soaks into all the contaminated area, the odor will not be completely