Restoration of Water Damaged Rugs
The restoration of water damaged rugs depends on various factors and how long it has been in the water and other things. As Rugs as usually placed on the ground, they are one of the first few items that get damaged once inundated with the water. The best action is to act as quickly as possible to give contaminates less time to settle on the rug.
Can My Rug be Saved if It Is Damaged by Water?
Yes. It depends on various categories of water, and how long it has been in it and other things.
Clean Water is water which is basically drinkable and free of contaminants. In saying that if this water comes in contact with other contaminants such as soils, rust, etc. then the category of water will change. If clean water accumulates and is left of the rug for some period usually 3-5 days then the category changes to grey or black and rug could be termed as “not safe for human dwelling”.
Clean water damaged rugs are usually treatable and could be cleaned effectively with much damage and cost is significantly less.
Grey water is a class above the clean water. Grey water usually has some level of contaminants and source of water are from, urinals, soapy water usually from washing machine etc. As time lapse this category could easily change from grey to black due to fungi and bacteria growth.
Grey water damaged rugs require more thorough cleaning and extensive use of anti- microbial treatment. Rug is usually submerged in the antimicrobial and treated for micro-organisms and then rinsed, cleaned and then dried under controlled environment using air mover and dehumidifier.
Black Water Damaged Rugs
Black water is the worst category of the water amongst all. Clean water and Grey water left untreated escalates into black water , water is termed as black water if it originates from Sewerage, ground, sea and, where there is high level of micro-organism.
Damaged rugs affected with black water should be treated with extreme care for one’s safety and of customers. Black water damaged rugs require more thorough cleaning and extensive use of anti- microbial treatment. Rug is usually submerged in the antimicrobial and treated for micro-organisms and then rinsed, cleaned and then dried under controlled environment using air mover and dehumidifier. Rugs are sanitised Hydroxyl.
Lots of handmade rugs are made of vegetable dyes which are very fugitive in nature. Once this dye gets in contact with each other resulting into a very strong dye combination, which could be hard to remove. Depending on the severity of the bleed most of the damaged rug could be rectified in short span of time.
Hand-made rugs made of natural fibres are very prone to shrinkage. When the rugs dry the natural fibres have tendency to shrink, leaving the rugs out of shape. Even the synthetic rugs where the backing is sometimes made of natural fibres could cause the shrinkage of the fibres and could result in rippling effect.
Delamination is quite common in hand tuffeted rugs, or other machine made rugs where glue has been used to stick the fibres or the backing to the foundation of the rug. Water could easily dissolve the adhesiveness of the gum, resulting in separation of the primary backing from the fibres and rug eventually getting out of shape and ruined.
At Sydney Rug Cleaners we have necessary experience means and tools to deals with water damaged rugs. As you are the first one on the site when the accident happens, quick action such as removing the rug from the affected area and calling us will enable us to resolve the situation effectively.
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