Stinky Rug

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  1. Daniel Nailor

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    I’ve picked up this rug, which was VERY heavily soiled and extremely smelly.
    I have cleaned it with SPM and rinsed with Crystal Rinse. Dried. Still smelly.
    M Power. Still smelly.
    Even tried Odour Neutraliser, but it still smells!

    Any advice please?
     

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    Flood clean/ immersion clean it with M Power
    The odour will be throughout the entire weave of plastic so face cleaning will only produce mediocre results
     
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    Flood it and water claw?
     
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    Good use for plastic

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    Hi Daniel if it an isolated spot you could try doing that to keep the moisture low.
    The problem more than likely lies in not extracting enough dry soil and extracting using a carpet cleaning wand.
    When soil is left in the base of the rug and moisture is added the soil and bacteria at the base then produce a mal odour. Cat urine in particular dries to a salt which is reactivated when moisture is 're introduced.
    What Steve is talking about is creating a pit which contains M Power then after a dwell time rinsing the carpet by flooding it until the water runs clear.
    Once cleaned the tricky bit is drying the rug and at this time of year without specialist machinery is really tricky as it need to be dried as quick as possible otherwise anything left in the rug will start to smell again.
    Although it says 100% polypropylene this may just refer to the face fibres.
    One way around drying could be clean as suggested then get one of those plastic small greenhouse things and stick it in there with s de humidifier.
     
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    Thank you all.
    What a pain in the butt
     
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    They're easy really, you just have to cut your teeth on one then the rest are much more fun & a lot quicker!
    Plastic is such an easy fibre to clean so when you get one like this it really is a case of vac it to death, soak it (laying in solution is preferable to just wetting it out), get a stiff brush on it, leave it then rinse it off with the hose & dry extract with the water claw & air movers
     
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    I took it outside, hung it up and hosed it.
    Then lay it down to soak in an M Power solution, before extraction with a water claw.
    Took it in to dry with heater fans.
    The gunk that still came out of it was amazing.
    The odour is greatly reduced, but not gone.
    Thank you for your advice.

    *all initial cleans were using hand tools, not a wand as mentioned above.
     
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    Just goes to show, you can be abusive to some rugs & get away with it
    I'd have done it slightly differently
    Soak in solution, agitate, dwell then hose off with plenty of water til it ran clear THEN used the water claw

    Give it a few days & all should be good, don't be tempted to spray much on it now as nature needs to do its thing. Any real problems you can spray a small amount of peroxide onto the backing & any lingering smell will go
     
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    Another way to rinse is lay it flat and put the hose pipe down the wand and push the water through.
     
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    How do you mean put the pipedown the wand ?
     
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    Use the wand as a squeegee, where the vac hose connects push a hose pipe down and water will flow from the slot at the bottom.
    Then simply turn on the tap and water flows through the wand all you do then is push the water through and across the rug surface.
     
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    Seems like a lot of graft
     
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    It is James which is why you need to charge an appropriate amount to do it.
    None of this small rug £25 medium rug £40 and large rug £75.....
    Hard graft deserves recompense.
     
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