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Post# 979832   1/25/2018 at 00:28 (267 days old) by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

Got a weird and challenging problem.  A relative dumped a bottle of Dawn and it soaked into my Bukhara rug.  Here is the story - I keep a 3 qt. bottle of Dawn under my kitchen sink with a hose to the soap dispenser.  I have it hung from the drain pipe to free up room.  the dispenser was not working and she tried moving the bottle then replaced some of the things she moved.  This caused the bottle to tip and it ran through the cabinet by the water and drain lines, soaked the suspended ceiling in the basement and created a 24" puddle on the rug.  Saturated the rug.


I have no idea how to get this soap out.  Only suggestion was to take the rug (8'x10') outside and hang it up and hose the soap out.  Being winter, that wont happen for months.  I have various types of cleaning equipment but imagine whatever I use with a vacuum getting filled with suds in seconds. Any suggestions???

Post# 979834 , Reply# 1   1/25/2018 at 00:42 (267 days old) by earthling177 (Boston, MA)        

Rug Doctor has a foam/suds suppressant liquid to be used with their machines, they sell it at supermarkets.

In your case it might require way more than they recommend used in a shopvac.

Maybe calling a carpet cleaning company?

Good luck!

Post# 979842 , Reply# 2   1/25/2018 at 02:20 (267 days old) by Maytagbear (N.E. Ohio)        
Yes, call a carpet

cleaning service. In NE Ohio, we have one called Arslanian Bros, and they have a specialty in dealing with tough challenges with finer rugs and carpets. I would suggest trying to find a similar company in your area.

Remember......murder, no matter if justified, IS illegal ;)

Good luck!!



Post# 979857 , Reply# 3   1/25/2018 at 07:50 (267 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Yes, I would look for a rug cleaning company.  Tell them what you have on the rug, I'm sure they won't blink an eye as they've likely seen it all.  They'll have the capability to flush the detergent out properly.


My first instinct would be to hose it out, but being still in the throes of winter, that's going to be difficult.


Wool is durable enough to withstand the cleaning effort, but since it's detergent, you should get it out ASAP so none of the dyes will bleed or fade.

Post# 979865 , Reply# 4   1/25/2018 at 09:22 (267 days old) by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        

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I wonder whether you might not want to call the manufacturer? They might have an idea.

If its impractical to take the rug somewhere in the current weather, perhaps there is some sort of material which might be sprinkled on it to absorb a lot of it?

Would placing the carpet above a container and letting it drip through help?

Seems to me as if the more you can remove, the smaller the problem will be.

Post# 979885 , Reply# 5   1/25/2018 at 12:00 (267 days old) by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

For expediency I think I will try hosing it down.  It's supposed to be near 50 tomorrow, so I might give it a try. 


Surprisingly the rug is pretty tough.  Back last summer I had developed a leak from my dishwasher that I was unaware of -for some time.  The basement recreation room is rarely used any more, and I might go in that section once or twice a month if that.  I was down there picking up as I was expecting guests with kids who occupy the space while their parents sit around the dining room table -the way it's been for many years.  Anyway I went into the space and found 3 2'x4' ceiling tiles crumbled on the floor, soaked in soapy water along with the rug - apparently the dishwasher had been leaking a lot.  I have no idea how long this had been going on but even being soaked in detergent filled water the rug was no worse for wear. So I think a good hosing down will be a good first step.

Post# 979935 , Reply# 6   1/25/2018 at 19:50 (266 days old) by liamy1 (-)        
Would recommend

Using these guys.

They have a patented system, it looks so cool. Would recommend sparing the 9mins for the video and a coffee.

Shows it for an oriental rug, but will work with any.

This will properly flush out all soap.

Post# 979999 , Reply# 7   1/26/2018 at 11:53 (266 days old) by jkbff (Happy Rock, ND)        

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Washerboy posted this in another threat, I'm assuming it goes here? Something glitched somewhere me thinks.

use fabric softner

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before you start with the water hose...rub the area down well with liquid fabric will break down the soap bubbles. Same thing happen to me, except is was the cargo mat in the back of my Dawn...but it can make some suds. A friend told me about the fabric softner worked well.

Post# 980027 , Reply# 8   1/26/2018 at 16:32 (265 days old) by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

Thanks -- Will try!

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