Thursday, July 2, 2009

Don't cry over a Flooded Area Rug

You come home to find out that you now have a waterfall or a wading pool in your living room. It could be because of burst pipes, water heater exploded, excessive rain, whatever the reason panic instantly takes over. You pull out every towel you own, even the good ones, and try to stop any further damage. After you call a Restoration company, such as Sani-Tech (on Vancouver Island), and get the water removed you take a look at your belongings and you see your beautiful area rug has had the colours run. At that moment all may seem lost, but with a few steps it can be fixed. Bring your wet rug, yes it is best if it is still wet, to Luv-A-Rug for our flood cleaning process. Our flood process stops the colour from bleeding further, mold and mildew from growing and any odours from occurring.
You also need to talk to your insurance company if you haven't already. You need to find out what they are willing to pay in way of rug restoration. The sooner we can start our cleaning and restoration the better the results will be. The owner of this rug loves it very much and wanted it to be usable.
This rug is a Persian, wool with silk accents, and the red bled throughout the rug. We cleaned it then gave it to our hand repair guy to do his magic on. The results were beyond what I expected. Our repair guy had success removing about 95% of the red colour bleed. In some of the more intricate pattered areas it was hard to remove all the dye from the silk accents, but this can only be seen up close-closer than most people would get to your rug.
Remember that no matter how bad it may seem, most rugs can be restored. Here is an article about Stephen Roberts, the owner of Luv-A-Rug, after the flood of New Orleans and how flooded rugs can be saved. Unfortunately you have to scroll down to the fifth article to read about how Steve saved flooded area rugs after Hurricane Katrina.
Depending on the type of area rug you own, not all is lost if it gets flooded. Getting it taken care of right away can prevent you from having to replace the rug.
Thanks for reading, RugloverMary.

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