Buying your oriental rug was a great investment. It helps to protect your floor, and it truly adds to the appeal of your home. You, of course, want it to stay in great condition and you go out of your way to make sure that it doesn’t get damaged. There are certain dangers that you know to watch out for. You make sure to keep an eye out for the family pet, no one is to have a drink in their hand while above it, no dirty shoes, etc. However, there may be one cause of damage that you haven’t given much thought — water.
Whether you have recently experienced a leaky pipe or your home has flooded, water damage on your rug can be incredibly hard to repair. In this blog, we’ll provide you with some tips on controlling water damage to your rug. If you would like more information or are in need of rug cleaning services in Memphis, then please feel free to contact Fred Remmers Rug Cleaners today.
Avoid Potted Plants
We understand that potted plants give a little bit of life to your home, but having them on top of your oriental rug is a bad idea. No matter how careful you are, water is more than likely going to seep through the pot and soak your rug. The worst part about this is that you won’t notice until it is too late. The longer the water is seeping into the rug, the worse the damage is going to be. We’re not saying that you shouldn’t have potted plants in your house, just be sure not to have them on your rug.
If your rug has recently been doused by water, you don’t want to waste any time. The longer that the rug is wet, the more likely that the colors will bleed and bacteria, mold, and mildew will grow. The first thing that you want to do is, of course, extract the water. Next, you’re going to want to deodorize and sanitize the rug. This will help prevent mold spores and the potential for harmful bacteria. After this, analyze the damage. Is the rug unable to be salvaged? If you are unsure, bring it into Fred Remmers and one of our professional rug cleaners will be able to let you know how severe the damage is.
If you believe that the rug will be fine, then the next step is to dry the rug in an area of the home that doesn’t see much traffic. Use a wet/dry vacuum, have your windows open, and if you have fans in your home make sure that they are pointed toward the rug. After all this, steam clean the oriental rug to remove any bad smells and to sanitize it. You are likely going to want to purchase new padding for under the rug.
If you think the rug is in need of professional cleaning, then we’ve got your back! Fred Remmers has provided rug cleaning in Memphis since 1881. We’re the best in the business. For more information or to set up an appointment, contact us today!