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Does “Pardoning Your Pet” Do More Harm Than Good to Your Area Rugs? – Prescott Valley AZ

Does “Pardoning Your Pet” Do More Harm Than Good to Your Area Rugs? – Prescott Valley AZ

Ruthie here at Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care and I can’t tell you how mad it makes me knowing that unsuspecting consumers are doing harm to their area rugs (when they think they’re doing good).

Looking at the label on this powder carpet deodorizer, you would think ‘WOW! THIS IS GREAT!’  Why wouldn’t you?  The label advertises a “2 in 1 carpet and room deodorizer which actually helps tough odors, then leaves a light clean fragrance in your home.”  THIS IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE!  The only thing that powders do is leave harmful residue in your area rug.

Here’s the truth of it:

  • It’s a heavily scented powder.  All you’re doing is masking urine odors with flowery odors.  The urine odors are still there, just covered up a bit.  Now it’s likely to smell like both urine and flowers combined (sort of like rotting flowers – yuck!)
  • It’s a chemical that is left in the carpet (that’s the only way for the flowery smell to continue) and can be harmful to you, your family, and your pets if there are chemical sensitivities.  The label mentions it is make “with baking soda” but they don’t mention anything else.  Suspicious, isn’t it?
  • It clogs your carpet foundation with powder and does not vacuum up as the directions suggest.  The directions tell you DO NOT USE ON WET SPOTS because it clumps.  Which I guess means you’re just supposed to leave the urine in your rug and not address it.  The directions also say “If product adheres to spot, rub with a stiff brush, then vacuum.”  But vacuuming doesn’t get it all out since this powder works its way deep into the base of the rug.  Too many powder deodorizers and you’ll be left with a powdery mess at the foundation of your rug.


It has accomplished absolutely nothing to remove the source of the odor!  Urine is harmful to rug fibers, ESPECIALLY DELICATE WOOL & SILK FIBERS.  Without a professional cleaning, the urine salt crystals remain in the rug, which can eventually lead to dry rot (where foundation fibers split).

If you have urine deposits in your area rug, they need to be removed as quickly as possible by a professional rug washer.  Arizona Oriental here in Prescott AZ can assist you with this and with other preservation services such as repairs to fringes, side cords, etc.

Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care meets 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.

We serve Prescott Valley, Prescott, Sedona, Flagstaff, Verde Valley and most of Northern Arizona. If you have questions or need additional information, please don’t hesitate to call about removing urine from your area rugs.

You can reach me, Ruthie, 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. We will unload the rug for you, so don’t worry about hurting your back! We also offer pick-up and delivery which makes having your rug cleaned very easy!

Till next time, enjoy your beautiful art for your floor and remember a clean rug can last you a life time! (02-02-17)

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