RUGS 101: Emergency Stain Tips


You’re sitting at home relaxing on a brisk Fall afternoon, admiring your beautiful oriental rug from Khazai Rugs Outlet, when your dog enthusiastically knocks your freshly brewed cup of joe off the coffee table. Your prized rug is now soaked and stained with the dark liquid and appears to be ruined and has created a rug stain.

Your first reaction may be to frantically run to your kitchen to grab the nearest dish towel and scrub the life out of your rug to remove the rug stain, but doing that could destroy your precious piece of art.

Instead of giving in to your instincts, follow these simple emergency care steps to your rug as quickly as possible. Also, you can read our comprehensive stain removal guide.

Blot Out the Rug Stain

Whether it’s red wine, coffee, Kool-Aid®, or pet urine (which we discussed in a previous blog post), the first step is to remove as much of the spill as quickly as possible from the rug. Dry paper towels or a dish towel work well. Continue blotting until you have gotten out as much of the spill as possible.

Dilute the Rug Stain

After blotting, spills may require diluting with water as necessary, but be careful not to get the rug sopping wet unless you need to. If you completely soak an area, you will need to dry the rug from both the front and back in order to prevent mildewing.

Please note that some rugs have unstable dyes that may run if you soak them. Proceed with caution.

Blotting Part 2: The Return of Blotting

In this installment of blotting your stained rug, be sure to sop up any excess water used to dilute the stain to, once again, prevent mildewing.

How Worried Should You Be About Mildew?

Very! Why in the world would you go to the trouble of cleaning your oriental rug just to have it smelling like you left your laundry in the washing machine before going on vacation?

Be sure every part of the rug that is wet to the touch has a fan blowing air under that section of the rug, or the rug is hung outside. Learn how to get mold and mildew out of a rug.

Blotting and Diluting Didn’t Work. Now, What Do I Do?

If these steps were not effective at removing the rug stain, schedule your rug to be professionally cleaned by the experts here at Khazai Rug Cleaning.

We provide FREE pick-up and delivery for your dirty rugs to ensure all your rugs look brand new. We use 100% green-friendly cleaning solutions, so your oriental rug won’t be damaged, as it potentially would be with steam or dry cleaning.

Also, save 25% off any oriental rug serviced by dropping them off directly at our cleaning facility and picking them up once they’re done.

Use these simple emergency care steps and continue to enjoy the afternoon admiring your beloved oriental rug.

For questions regarding oriental rug repairing, cleaning, restoration, or your next purchase, give us a call or come by the store. Want to connect online? We’d love to chat with you! Visit our Facebook Page today!

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