- October 25, 2019 /
- Posted by Franco Oriental Rugs
We all know that accidents happen and though it’s not fun to discuss accidental (or even worse, intentional) pet urine, vomit, and feces on your Oriental rugs, the truth is it’s a common issue that many Oriental rug owners face. These “accidents,” if not treated immediately and/or professionally, can result in lingering stains and odors within the fibers of your Oriental rug.
Although all Oriental rugs (most of which are made from wool or a cotton/wool blend) are vulnerable to permanent damage from pet stains, Oriental rugs that include silk fibers are especially at risk when it comes to damage from pet accidents.
Here are Franco Oriental Rugs tips for how to help prevent your dog or cat from staining your Oriental rug in the first place:
(Try to) Discipline Your Pet
The best and most surefire way to help your pet learn to avoid using your Oriental rug as a bathroom is to discipline him/her accordingly. If your pet tends to act up when you’re not home, consider creating or baby gating him/her away from the Oriental rug. Worried about it? Learn how to crate train your dog here.
Many homeowners use spray bottles filled with water to discipline cats and dogs who try to urinate on their Oriental rug; “shakers” that make loud and unpleasant noises can also be used to deter your pet from visiting the Oriental rug. When all else fails, pet “belly bands” can be used as a short-term solution for accidental urination.
Make Your Pet’s Designated Bathroom Area Stand Out
Sometimes the issue (especially with cats) behind your pet’s urge to urinate on your rug doesn’t stem from the fact that he/she likes to urinate on your Oriental rug; it’s that he/she doesn’t like the bathroom spot you’ve designated for them to use. If you have a cat, try to make the litter box as attractive as possible by making sure it’s located in a quiet, dark, and private area, with fresh litter provided regularly.
For dogs, try rewarding them for using the bathroom outside and allowing them ample time to find and mark their outdoor spot. By making your pet’s appropriate bathroom area more enjoyable, you can help draw him/her away from the Oriental rug and toward his/her designated area.
Make Your Oriental Rug Unappealing to Your Pet
Certain odors and textures are disliked by cats and dogs. By placing these elements around and beside your Oriental rug, you can help your cat or dog stay away from your rug.
For dogs, try spraying the area around your oriental rug with white vinegar; for cats, try spraying the area around your Oriental rug with a citrus-based fragrance or cleaning product. It’s important to not spray the rug itself (to avoid risking damage to the rug). A “scat mat” can also serve as a short-term solution for pets to avoid your oriental rug.
If your beloved pet has damaged your oriental rug, Franco Oriental Rugs offers customized cleaning and repair services. We know it can be hard to find a team you can trust to successfully handle your beautiful area rug. Or if you are shopping for “oriental rugs near me?” stop by Franco Oriental Rugs store in Boca Raton today or call us at (561) 994-7409.