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Why Does Monsoon Weather Make Your Rugs Smell? - Prescott Valley AZ

Why Does Monsoon Weather Make Your Rugs Smell? - Prescott Valley AZ

I’m Ruthie with Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care and I won’t beat around the bush with this one - the odors that start showing up in your rug around monsoon season are probably because of your four-legged best friend.

During spring and the first part of summer, there aren’t as many complaints about odors in area rugs.  But then monsoon season starts up and it seems like a LOT of stinky rugs come from out of nowhere!

Say your four-legged best friend has an accident on your area rug.  Most homeowners dab up as much as possible, perhaps even treat the spot with a little at-home urine spotter if it’s lying around.  

But I’m going to let you in on a little secret…


The odorous urine salt crystals eventually dry and you may not notice any odors for a while.  Problem solved, right?  However, the chemistry of the urine changes as bacteria feed on the urine deposit and off-gas ammonia.  This turns urine from being acidic into being alkaline, making odors much more apparent.  Before you know it, the rains move in and humidity goes through the roof here in Prescott Valley.  The alkaline urine salt crystals absorb the humidity and off-gas even more, making odors WAY MORE NOTICEABLE!  

Keep in mind that urine is VERY DAMAGING to rug fibers.  Why is this?

  1. Urine destabilizes dyes & causes bleeding (the reds and blues spread into the beige)
  2. Urine can cause color loss & discoloration.
  3. Rug fibers are weakened, which leads to…
  4. Dry rot!  This will cause splits, tears, and holes to form in your rug.
  5. Urine attracts all kinds of yucky bacteria and germs you don’t want to keep around your home.

I suppose there is one good thing about urine odors - they remind us that the urine deposit is still in our rugs, doing the damage listed above!  These deposits need to be thoroughly treated and flushed out before they can do any more damage to your lovely area rug.

At Arizona Oriental, we specialize in removing animal urine from area rugs.  We’ll make your rug fresh and clean again!  We have special cleaning solutions and urine-neutralizing products that are all wool and silk safe certified.

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

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 on monsoon season and odors in area rugs 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). (07-24-17)

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