I just have a quick question... It happened that our humidifier has
broken it and leaked the entire night. As a result, one side of our
rug is soaking wet. Please let me know what should be done in this
situation to preserve the rug. Can we leave it outside for a while
(inside out to avoid fading?)
Thank you in advance for your help!
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Hello, and thanks for the email :) Sorry to hear about the mishap!
The instructions below are for a wool rug with cotton foundation.
most important thing is to soak up as much of the water by using a
blotting technique. Do not rub, agitate or otherwise disrupt the pile
with back and forth motion while the rug is wet. This will inevitably
result in the pile becoming matted or loosing detail of the design
which may be permanent.
We just posted a video on youtube which may be helpful which is embedded at the bottom of this entry.
It's for removing pet stains and juices, but you may find some of the
techniques helpful. We use a spoon and knife with a paper towel to
really get the water out of the rug. Remember whatever you do, work with the direction of the pile, but preferably blotting is best.
As for the rug itself, once you've treated it to the best of
your ability and removed as much of the moisture as possible, drape the
rug over some chairs or other. You want as much of the reverse side of
the rug and face of the rug to have exposure to the air. You could
also consider placing a fan on the affected area. Obviously this will
help accelerate the drying process. I would personally not leave the
rug outdoors. It leaves it more susceptible to the weather changing,
animals, theft, etc... It's best to set something up temporarily
inside your home, in a dry, cool place.
Leave the rug to dry for several days. Even though the pile may
feel dry, it may not be. Wool usually retains a lot of water: even if
it feels dry, it could have up to 20% water still remaining inside.
the rug has color run or other problems let us know immediately, you
may want to bring it to a professional for treatment. If a wet rug
goes untreated for too long, you could experience more problematic
things such as mold or mildew. The worst case scenario would be dry
rot which would require extensive repairs, or ruin the rug, so it's
important to treat wetness as possible.
Let us know if you have any questions, or if the rug has acquired a mildew or mold like odor.
Best of luck :)
Thanks again for the inquiry,
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