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Question DetailsAsked on 9/12/2015

How do I Remove dog urine from area rug that is on top of wood flooring do not want wood floor damaged

Do not want to damage wood floors and area rug will be hard to remove as it is in the dining room and heavy china cabinet is anchoring it at one end

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This is not too uncommon. Usually with a 2-man crew they can (after you remove tall, breakable items or on-edge dishes) lift one end of the cabinet a few inches one end at a time (assuming adequate ceiling clearaqnce) and pull the carpet out, then clean it on the deck or driveway - or take away for full-carpet cleaning at the same time.

Otehrwise - talk to Carpet Cleaning companies about using 2x4's (or wider) and plywood sheet under a plastic tarp under the carpet while cleaning - to prevent any water penetration. Then leaving only the 2x4's under it to provide clearance fro the floor and ventilation top and bottom while drying, then you pull the 2x4's out in a day or so after it is dry. Will usually charge for the 2x4's (a couple bucks each) because it is not worth their time tom come get them - their tarp and plywood sheet go with them immediately after cleaning.

Or do same thing yourself, using a Rug Doctor or such to do the cleaning - or for a very small spot just put 2x4's and tarp underneath while using a pet odor and stain remover than a foaming spot spray-and-vacuum carpet cleaning product to clean the spot, remove the plastic sheeting (which for a small spot can just be a large garbage bag or such which you can later throw away), then pull that out to provide ventilation and leave on the 2x4's till the spot is totally dry.

Of course, while drying, you cannot walk on the carpet or you will damage it while it is propped up on the 2x4's.

Doing only a local piece othe carpet like this will leave a soft bumb or bulge up in the carpet for a bit, but walking on it will lay it back out after a few days.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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