Need a Persian rug cleaning(8 Posts)
Wrestling with similar problem. The baby poo'd TWICE on it; it came oozing out from his baby bouncer as he was bouncing on top it. Utterly revolting. Happened once, then again three weeks later. Needless to say I've now moved the rug away.
Anyway after scraping away the worst of this poisonous yellow stuff (he was going through a particularly nasty phase), I soaked the offending area in cold water with some vinegar overnight (by pushing it down into a washing up bowl). Then lots of patting with kitchen towel, and spraying with some carpet cleaner, and drying on a rack outside.
The rug is quite muted in colour but one of its dyes definitely ran, although it didn't stick. I would be worried about putting it in the machine ... although thinking about it now, I'm not quite sure why. As long as it was cold water w v mild (if any) detergent, I'm not quite sure what would go wrong. The key thing would be to have somewhere reasonable to dry it, as I found ours dried into funny angles that have taken ages to press out.
You're right though, the internet has no advice at all on this, and I'm sceptical about dry cleaning doing any better...
Not much help, but you're not alone..!
For recent food or digestive products then I think that the link above looks as if it will at least stop things getting any worse.
Alternatively, if you can find a specialist shop locally, they may offer a rug washing service which would be easiest but probably pricy.
When we lived in Iran we were told to wait for a snowfall, then place the rug on the snow tufts down and bash it with a flat broom. We tried it and it worked very well - you could see this dark patch on the snow when you had finished. (Not really suitable for wee/poo/sick/juice emergencies though.)
Unfortunately, I have now been waiting 5 years in Central Belt Scotland for a suitable snow fall - the main thing you want is for it to be so cold that the snow is effectively dry. So I may yet be driven to wash my rug in the garage or the greenhouse. Or take it back to the people I bought it from for a wash there.
I love the Iranian way - sounds so much more romantic than spraying with petrochemicals.
If it's got a thick pile, they're strangely resilient. Dirt tends to float on top, rather than penetrate the pile. Scraping up the surface, errr, contaminant and repeated blotting with clean dry towels and a commercial upholstery cleaner might do it.
Sorry, have now read the thread properly and realised it's grape juice.
If you wash it you will probably destroy the rug. Personally I'd move a chair over the stain and consider it patina.
My ex SIL was told to do her really nice one by hanging it over the swing in the garden and blasting it with the garden hose, then letting it dry in the sun. I don't know if she ever took the advice.
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