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We are happy to help our walk-in clients also, however, we are often out on area rug deliveries and may not be available if no appointment was made.  

Why Rugs Stink In The Monsoon Weather? Prescott AZ

Why Rugs Stink In The Monsoon Weather? Prescott AZ  

Seems like here at Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care we go through spring and the beginning of summer with no major concerns from clients about area rugs with odors. Oh, we always get the standard amount that have animal urine deposits and the clients are ready to clean their rug and have our certified rug washers at  Arizona Oriental remove the odors. But then all of a sudden the monsoons come in. WOW, the telephone lights up!  Caller after caller all seem to have the same concern. Their area rugs REALLY SMELL of urine and worse yet, companies coming! Yes it’s that time of year when relatives invade many of our Prescott residents, looking to bail out of the Phoenix heat, if even for just a weekend.  Of course most folks don’t want the offensive urine odors to be present when their company arrives, which prompts the sudden emergency call.

If you have a heightened awareness of the urine odors suddenly during this monsoon season there is an excellent reason for this.  When urine is first deposited in rugs it is of an acid pH. and tends to smell a little.  Often times rug owners will dab up as much wetness as possible and then go about their busy day. 

The odorous urine salt crystals eventually dry and may not be that noticeable in this state. However the chemistry of this urine is changing as bacteria, which is feeding on this urine, off-gasses ammonia and the urinated spot becomes alkaline and odors are much more apparent. 

To add to this dilemma, suddenly the rains move in and the humidity has skyrocketed.  With the rise of the humidity, the urine salt crystals absorb the humidity and begin to off-gas even more, making the odors much more noticeable. Old urine chemistry changes over time and becomes very alkaline which as I said is much more odorous. The bigger issue is in addition to the odors, urine is very damaging to the rug fibers. It causes dyes to bleed, there can be loss of color and certainly there is a weakening of rug fibers that will eventually lead to dry rot that will split, tear and leave a hole in the rug.

Two points to make here is first to remember that the odors are telling you that there is still the harmful acidic urine that is doing damage to the rug fibers and if left in the area rug, will eventually cause this dry rot and the rug will weaken at the deposit sites and split. Secondly your rug has germs and bacteria!   

At Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care we specialize in the removal of urine salt crystals leaving your rug fresh and clean. We have specialized treatments for wool and silk fibers designed to neutralize and flush away the urine while also being designed to be safe for wool and silk area rugs.  This is the primary reason why you want only professional rug washers to care for your rug. Don’t risk your rug by having it cleaned by those that are not certified wool rug washers and do not have a complete understanding of the proper care needed.

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

Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care serves Prescott, Sedona, Prescott Valley 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 additional information on area rug urine removal and restoration 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).

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