Charleston is certainly no stranger to floods, and it should come as no surprise that a common flood victim is one that lives as close to the ground as possible. If your rug has gotten thoroughly soaked, the most important thing is to act FAST. The longer they stay wet, the more likely they are to develop dye problems and/or rot and mildew issues that are permanent. Follow these steps as soon as you can, and you’ll probably be OK.
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.
- 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 dry 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 sunlight is the only option, place the rugs face down so that the sunlight doesn’t fade the face of the rug.
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.