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Why Do Rugs Start to Stink During Monsoon Season? – Prescott Valley AZ


Woah, that smell can almost knock you over sometimes! Especially this time of year. Why is that?

Spring and the first part of summer at Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care is a time when clients don’t really have a lot of major concerns about odors and their area rugs.  

Sure we get the standard amount of rugs that have animal urine deposits, but then, just like you turned a light switch on, the monsoons come rolling in.  Boy does that get the telephone to light up!  Many of these callers all seem to have the same concern – their area rugs REALLY SMELL of urine and, to make things worse, company’s coming!  It’s that time of year where relatives flock into the homes of our Prescott Valley residents, looking for some relief from the Phoenix heat even if just for a weekend.  Offensive urine odors aren’t exactly something most folks want when company comes to visit, prompting a sudden emergency call to the rug experts at Arizona Oriental.




GETTING BACK TO THE STENCH PROBLEM... There’s an excellent reason why all of a sudden you and your guests can smell the urine  

When urine is first deposited, it has an acidic pH and tends to smell a little.  Rug owners often dab up as much moisture as possible and then go about their day.

These odors urine salt crystals dry over time and may or may not be noticeable.  The chemistry of this urine changes as bacteria feeding on this urine off-gasses ammonia and the urine spot changes to an alkaline and odors are much more apparent.

Then, suddenly, the rains move in and the humidity skyrockets.  The urine salt crystals in your area rug absorb the rising humidity and begin to off-gas even more, which make the odors far more noticeable.  Old urine chemistry changes over time and becomes very alkaline, which is much more ODOROUS!

Ahhh but odors are not the only problem The bigger issue with urine is, along with odors that you notice, urine is VERY DAMAGING to rug fibers. Pee destabilizes dyes and causes are rug dyes to bleed, there can be loss of color, and there is definitely a weakening of rug fibers that will eventually lead to dry rot that will split, tear, and leave holes in your rug.  My main point is to remember that odors are telling you there is still harmful acidic urine!


Rugs with urine has both germs and bacteria in it. YUCK!  Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care in Prescott specializes in the removal of urine salt crystals, leaving your rug fresh and clean.  Our specialized urine treatments for wool and silk fibers are designed to neutralize and flush away the urine while, of course, being safe for your wool and silk area rugs!  This is one of many major reasons you only want to have professional rug washers caring for your rug.  Your cherished area rug isn’t worth the risk in having it cleaned by individuals who are not certified wool rug washers and don’t have a complete understanding of the proper care needed.

Remember, time is an enemy of wool rugs with urine deposits!  Call today – fix the problem BEFORE it becomes a BIGGER problem and start enjoying your area rugs again.  

Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care serves Prescott Valley, Prescott, Sedona, and much of the Northern Arizona areas. We meet the highest standards in professional cleaning of area rugs with rug wash specialists having earned the highest training, including certification as WOOLSAFE FIBRE CARE SPECIALISTS through the WOOLSAFE ORGANISATION. Such extraordinary certification ensures the area rugs of our client’s receive the utmost in care.

Call us for more information to correct a stinky rug at 928-445-1718, visit our website at, or stop by Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at our rug washing facility at 565 EZ Street, Prescott, AZ 86301 (pick-up and delivery also available).

Till next time, enjoy your beautiful art for your floor and remember a clean rug is a rug that can last you a lifetime!


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