Good Questions: Tips for Deodorizing this Rug?

Good Questions: Tips for Deodorizing this Rug?

Heather Blaha
Aug 20, 2008

Amanda sent us an email: I bought this rug at the Sandwich Antiques fair several weeks ago. Unfortunately, I didn't realize it was terribly stained with pet urine on the backside, and smells like it, too...

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I've tried bissell cleaning the back and front, and the rug is too delicate to hold up. I've thought of taking it to a laundromat and sticking it in a big washer on a gentle cycle. I thought maybe that would have less 'pull' on the fabric. For now it is airing outside anytime the weather is decent. Any ideas on how to help this rug?


A standard go-to for deodorizing is to sprinkle baking soda on the rug. This post on natural cleaning methods also suggests adding "some dried crushed lavender or basil. Wait about 1/2 hour. Vacuum." Pet smells (especially urine) may be the toughest of them all, though, so we're going to open this one up:

Pet owners, please help Amanda with your tips!

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