Cleaning water damaged rugs is absolutely vital in avoiding mold before it starts forming. In addition to mold, depending on the type of water damage, some rugs or carpets may need to be completely tossed out to avoid the spread of harmful pathogens.

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Clear v Gray v Black

First, lets classify the different levels of “dirty” water. First is clean water – which poses minimal risks. Clean water comes from broken water supply lines, tubs, sinks, or rainwater. Gray water is somewhat contaminated and can come from a leaking dishwasher or an overflowing washing machine. Black water is the most contaminated level of water and it comes from flooding seawater, river or streams. Gray water has the potential in turning into black water over a period of time if left uncleaned.

Don’t take on professional jobs alone

Valuable rugs that have been excessively water damaged should be cleaned by professionals only – this is especially true for rugs with a high pile height. Oriental Rug Cleaning provides top-notch cleaning services for water spills described above.

Limit foot traffic after water damage

Keep foot traffic to a minimum after a rug has become wet. The latex covering the back of the rug weakens as its structural integrity is compromised by the water.

Take advantage of washable rugs

If your rug is machine washable – it is an excellent and easy way to take care of water damage. For large washers, use 1 and a half cups of bleach per load to rid the rug of any mold/pathogens.

Our 5-step method of cleaning includes dusting, washing, rinsing, drying and grooming. Oriental Rug Cleaning strives to provide the best customer experience and rug cleaning services in Wilmington. To learn more about our rug cleaning process and services, check out our Rug Cleaning Page here.