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Eastern Shore, Save your oriental rugs from storm flooding

OK Eastern Shore, another storm is upon us.  Let’s hope we fare better than last year with Irene.  Even back in August, during those 2 HUGE storms, we picked up over 65 rugs that had been exposed to flood waters.

With the potential of home floods escalating due to the severe weather, a number of rugs will be exposed to flood water.

The longer a rug remains wet the more likely it is to have dye migration that is not correctable  Rugs that are not washed properly and dried thoroughly can end up with mildew and dry rot problems.

Here are tips to minimize the damage of rugs involved in floods:

–          Extract the water as soon as possible using a wet vacuum or having your restoration company extract with their professional water removal equipment.

Note here: Make sure your restoration company knows what they are doing and are trained in caring for Oriental Rugs.  If the flood did not ruin the rug, your restoration company might do the job.

–          Make sure you extract WITH the direction of the rug’s fiber nap, instead of against it (this minimizes fiber damage).

–          If you are unable to have the rugs thoroughly washed right away, then it’s important to get the rugs as dry as possible to stop the damage risks. Dry them and wash them later.

–          When transporting to a facility to be cleaned, wrap in towels or sheets to prevent dye from bleeding from one rug on to another.

–          Do NOT hang up wet rugs. Extract and dry out flat.

–          Do NOT dry in direct sunlight. Most contemporary rugs are sensitive to sunlight fading. If you must dry in sunlight, lay the rugs face down so fading occurs on the backside only until the rugs are taken to a cleaning facility.

Wool and silk oriental rugs can take months, sometimes years, to weave by hand. If you have investment textiles you want to protect from a flood that has affected your home, simply follow those guidelines and you can lessen the risk of permanent damage to your rugs due to extended exposure to water.

For more information about rug care, contact the Oriental Rug Spa by Chem-Dry On the Shore at 410-221-0097.


About: The Oriental Rug Spa Of The Eastern Shore: is trained in the care of oriental and area rugs, and has been on the Eastern Shore of MD since 2007. They are members of the Textile Pro™ Network, an international guild of rug specialists with advanced training in natural fiber rugs and fine fabric.

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