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Rugs and Floods – Rugs during a Water Damage Loss

 

Water Damage Loss Lake Forest, IL: When a home floods and mitigation company is called out to save your home, it is extremely rare that team’s expertise is oriental and area rugs.

In the midst of all of that chaos (usually in the middle of the night) your rugs are most likely the last concern of the mitigation team trying to saving your home.

Usually they are not trained to recognize the difference and understand the value of your rugs.

The wet rug in the family room may be worth a hundred dollars or a hundred thousand dollars, to them won’t make a difference. That rug might be an easy-to-replace contemporary piece or a rare and antique piece of textile art; if they are not trained properly they will not know that.

We know that. We are ONLY Master Certified Rug Cleaners in Chicagoland!

We know how valuable a rug can be when a memory from a past trip or an heirloom is handed down through family generations.

In the middle of water damage disaster saving that rug may be the one bright spot. We know who to do it!

Here are simple guidelines that help us save rugs value (monetary and sentimental) when dealing with water damaged rugs.

 

First thing first, we identify fibers.

Rule of thumb is natural fiber (silk, wool, and cotton) rugs have a higher value than synthetic fibers. Natural fibers absorb water more readily than synthetic fibers, and these will be the fibers most prone to dye migration and mold. The longer natural fiber rugs stay wet, the more damage and contamination will result.

During the triage our focus is first on the rugs that are wool, silk, and cotton. Synthetic fiber (nylon, olefin/polypropylene, and polyester) rugs are usually machine made and will have a label on the back corner which shows fiber content but we are skilled in fiber identification.

When a homeowner is not present to inform us which rugs have a higher value to them, then we focus on whether rugs are woven or tufted.

We will identify if woven rugs have been woven by hand or woven by machine, and we focus on saving first the rug that is hand woven.

Tufted rugs have a backing material. Usually these rugs have a cloth covering on the rug, or a glue or rubber backing.  A tufted rug that is from Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, West Elm, or another similar or online stores, is usually a commodity rug and often costs less to replace than to attempt to save.

Because of their structure, tufted rugs left wet too long tend to fall apart, and the adhesive and backing materials are extremely susceptible to mold growth. Therefore, these rugs often are considered a total loss when exposed to a flood. In those instances we suggest to homeowners to replace this types of rugs, rather than spending money on saving them.

As in all aspects of water damage – Time is of essence!

Extraction and drying as quickly as possible is a must for all rugs. If extracted and dried quickly, further damage to natural fiber rugs will be halted and the rugs can be fully wash and disinfected so that it can be return to pre-loss condition, as much as possible. The quicker the water-damaged rugs are dried out, the greater the chance to save them.

Never, never, never do it yourself or allow your restoration team to hang wet rugs to drip dry. This can cause more dye migration throughout the rug and, depending on the weight of the rug, it also can cause structural damage that may be irreversible.

There are précised steps that have to be taken on what is the best way to extract and dry rugs after a water loss. Extraction needs to be performed within a certain direction of the pile, so pile damage does not occur. This is especially true in extracting silk or artificial silk fibers, which can help lessen damage to delicate fibers.

Proper extraction of a woven rug is essential in removing moisture from the foundation fibers, and speeded drying process.

Water damage rugs will have to be taken to a professional drying chamber for a proper quick dry out, so that moisture doesn’t affect the face side of the rug.

The longer a rug is wet, the higher the chance of dye damage.

Transporting of a wet rug is critical too.

If you decide you want to drop off your wet rug at our rugs studio, here a few tips on who to minimize the damage to your rug in transit.

When transporting a wet or damp natural fiber rug, do not roll up without a barrier to prevent dye bleeding from the face to the back side.  Also never stack them on top of one another without a barrier between. Best way to do it is to roll them in cotton sheets or towels (after extraction) to help absorb dyes that are released and prevent them from spreading into other areas of that rug.

An ideal scenario, for water-damaged rugs would be to immediately call us, so we can properly extract, transport, wash and decontaminate and then thoroughly dry them. But if your restoration company is not Wiz Team, Inc. and they do not have a facility with a complete rug-washing system in place, then have them extract the rugs as quickly as possible, which will allow you to take these rugs to our rug studio with minimal damage and a much higher likelihood of us saving them.

Most natural fiber rugs have cotton interior warps and wefts, which are prone to mold growth from a flood. So main concerns with rugs getting wet from floods is the risk of mold in the interior fibers.

All synthetic fiber rugs have interior jute and cotton fibers, which also are extremely prone to mold growth from flooding. Therefore, extraction and speedy dry out is the first step to stop contamination risks and permanent damage.

All rugs exposed to flood water must be thoroughly washed and treated with the appropriate disinfectant or sanitizing solution to return them to pre-loss condition.

At Wiz Team, Inc. we perform a throughout wash process, and then the proper disinfectant or sanitizing solution is applied. There is a strict guideline that we follow for effective decontamination based on the source of water and the category of the flood.

Per guidelines water damage rug may require a 20-minute dwell time, or perhaps multiple cycles of disinfecting soaks, which cannot be performed in home or by water damage restoration team that is not trained who to do it properly. This can (on a rug with dyes that are not colorfast) present a dye-bleed risk and permanent damage.

Sometimes pre-existing conditions may magnify the risks of this salvage attempt. A rug with heavy pet urine contamination that has already created a mold and dry rot problem within the foundation of the rug may create a contamination scenario in which the rug needs to be handled as Category 2 or 3, even though the water sours was a clean-water pipe break.

Water Mitigation Companies (unless also certified as master rug cleaners), do not have knowledge nor training how to properly treat and handle water-damaged rugs.

As ONLY Certified Master Rugs Cleaners in Chicagoland, our role is to identify which rugs can be saved and take all appropriate and necessary steps necessary to minimize the damage to the rugs by properly decontaminating and professional washing your rugs.

With our rug triage process for water damaged rugs, especially on woven and natural fiber rugs, will increase the chances of saving the most valuable rugs in a flooded home.

If you suffer water damage to your home and you have rugs that have been affected by flood water – Immediately call Wiz Team, Inc. (847) 526-6060ONLY Certified Rug Experts to help you save your rugs!

At Wiz Team, Inc. we are proud to be IICRC Certified as Master Textile Cleaner, Master Water Damage Restorer, Master Fire & Smoke Restorer and Master Rug Cleaner.

We hold over 20 different certifications.

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Persian Rugs – Ardabil (Ardebil)

About Ardabil Rugs: Did you know that Ardabil rugs are considered to be the finest, best, and the largest carpets in the world? The Ardabil rugs are perhaps one of the most alluring additions to any modern home décor. With a long historical record tied around these beautiful rugs, they’re almost always handmade using meticulous detail and care.

The name Ardabil is derived from the Zoroastrian name “Artavil,” meaning “Holy Place.” As the name implies the Persian rugs come from some of the most exotic places on earth

The handcrafted production of unique Ardebil has been going on for centuries. Most people familiar with Persian rugs would expressly agree that these custom handmade creations are much more than just floor coverings and are indeed beautiful individual works-of-art loved by everyone.

Like Caucasian rugs, the Persian rugs have more objects and motifs woven into its edges and lining. Ardabil weavers used Azerbaijani symmetrical knots in making these rugs. There is also a production of Ardabil rugs that look like Persian copies of Caucasian designs

The colors of these rugs are typically red, pink, ivory, green, and blue. The patterns are predominantly geometric, and the most common layouts are multiple connected diamond-shaped medallions, medallions, and all-over octagonal shapes.

The most recognized design is the famous Mahi (Herati) design, and it features a diamond medallion and small fish throughout the surface of the rug. Modern weavers are favoring bold geometric patterns over the traditional Mahi (Herati) design and added colors such as purple and turquoise to the more traditional colors.

If you need a professional rug cleaning service, hiring Wiz Team is your best bet.

Facts about Persian Rugs (Ardabil Rugs)

  • The first Ardabil carpet was produced in 1539-40 and its known as the world’s oldest dated carpet.
  • The materials used in the production of Ardabil rugs are mostly cotton, wool, or silk. The incorporation of silk into the woolen pile is to emphasize highlights in the pattern and design. Ardabil has 300 – 350 knots per square inch.
  • Known as “The Ardabil Carpet,” Ardabil has produced what we consider today as the most famous Persian rug.
  • The Ardabil Carpet is a fine specimen bearing inscriptions which read:

I have no refuge in the world other than thy threshold.

There is no protection for my head other than this door.

The work of the servant of the threshold Maqsud of Kashan in the year 946.

  • The Persian rugs are massive, measuring approximately 34.5 to the width and 17.5 to the length. The wool pile which holds dye much better than silk has 26 million knots in total, and it’s very dense. Its lump feel and beauty together with its outstanding history makes the Persian Rugs the most beautiful carpet in the world.
  • It would take a team of skilled weavers several years to make such a large carpet. The Ardabil rug is the most valued carpet in the Victoria and Albert Museum London. In 2006, the Museum created a remarkable case in the gallery’s center so it could see it as intended, on the floor. Maintaining the colors of these rugs requires it to be light for ten minutes on the hour and half-hour.
  • The Ardabil Carpet is the world’s oldest dated carpet and one of the largest, most beautiful rugs with historically significance.

How to Care For Ardabil Rugs?

It is essential to care for your Ardabil rug. If properly cared for Persian rugs can be an heirloom and will last for hundreds of years. However, continued use of these rugs in households with soil and grit will cause it to wear down, attracting household pests, and mildew.

As you’re reading this article, the chances are that you will want to create a legacy by passing your Ardabil rug down for generations. The best way to preserve these beautiful rugs is through season cleaning and checkups.

Here are several ways to care for your Ardabil Rugs (Persian Rugs):

  • The best way to keep your Ardabil Rug clean is by maintaining a strategic distance between the rug and dirt

Like in most rug-weaving countries, removing your foot wears when entering the house is a good idea. Sock-foot or bare-foot traffic is much gentler to a rug than a spike heel. Also, leaving your footwear at the entrance to the house tracks in much less dirt. 

  • Be sure to vacuum clean your rug often and don’t use any reactive chemicals on it.

Ardabil is the most elegant beautiful rug and deserves to be cared for. Cleaning them is a complicated process. Have your carpet professionally cleaned at least twice every year by professional rug cleaners. With us, your Ardabil rug will always be evergreen!

Conclusion

Inadequate cleaning can ruin your valuable Persian rug. It can damage the fibers, bleed out the colors, and leave a messy residue.

When it comes to Master Rug Cleaning, we’re simple to best. We know the value of your Ardabil Rug, and we promise never to hurt your heirloom.

For any questions about your Ardabil Rugs or any kinds of Rug, please feel free to contact us. We’re experts in the rug world

FABRIC PROTECTION THAT REALLY WORKS – Algonquin, IL

DID YOU KNOW that one of the best ‘feel good’ experiences you can enjoy is having freshly-cleaned carpet or furniture?

And one of the most frustrating experiences you won’t enjoy is when, within just a few days, something like red wine, coffee or tea is spilled on that freshly-cleaned carpet or furniture.

This is not good!

So you feverishly apply all kinds of household cleaning products and scrub in desperation. That spot does look a little better but it is still there. You have an important appointment so you give up. When coming home a few hours later… it has grown! (This is another mystery and you might want to ask your carpet cleaning pro why this happens.)

All of this drama could have been avoided if you had asked for fabric protection when you had your carpet or furniture cleaned. You know, like Scotchgard or Teflon or some of the other products available to consumers.

Yes, fabric protection does cost a little bit more but… it’s worth it!

How does it work?

Fabric protection is quite a mystery to many, but basically what it does is act as a kind of invisible shield that repels most substances that are spilled.

You might compare this to waxing a car. You are providing protection to your paint job by applyingan invisible shield, and you know it is working because you can see water beading up on the surface.

Carpet and furniture fabrics need the same type of protection.

Besides the obvious immediate benefit of cleaning up fresh spills, you can rest assured that a protected carpet or piece of furniture is going to last longer because when something is clean, it performs better and increases the lifetime of the fabric.

This doesn’t mean you can skip regular cleaning. Anything that is dirty will wear out prematurely. Fabric protection enhances a good cleaning. It’s an added step that you want for your carpet and furniture in your home.

So you want peace of mind? The next time you have your carpet or furniture cleaned, ask for protection. You will like it… and so will your carpet and furniture.

The Wiz Team is a full service carpet cleaning and restoration service. We service Lake Forest, Highland Park, Glencoe, Winnetka, Wilmette Glenview, Northbrook, Deerfield, Buffalo Grove, Arlington Heights, Palantine, Lake Zurich, Barrington, Mundelein, and more. Contact us today for your cleaning and restoration needs.

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Best Questions to Ask When Hiring a Carpet Cleaning Company in Carpentersville, IL

It’s been said that knowledge is power. Your flooring is a large part of your home, and you don’t want to entrust cleaning and care to just anyone. Find out about who you are hiring to care for your carpeting. Here are some great questions to ask your carpet cleaning company.

What is included in the service?

Before hiring someone for residential carpet cleaning, find out what is included in their service. Do they offer free estimates? Do they spot treat stains? What is their cleaning process, and how long will it take? Do they offer specials for cleaning the carpets in more than one room?

Does the quoted price include specialty treatments?

If you are interested in pet urine odor removal or carpet protection, inquire about these services. Most companies will add these onto a regular cleaning but may run specials on these treatments.

Should I move my furniture or will you?

You don’t want to suffer a broken back just because you’re having your carpets cleaned. Inquire what you are responsible for moving before your technician arrives. Most times you are asked to move only small items from the floor.

Do you offer natural carpet cleaning with low or neutral pH treatments?

You shouldn’t be afraid to lay down on your carpets. Choose a company that offers natural carpet cleaning that is green and eco-friendly.

Do you guarantee satisfaction? If so, for how long?

You don’t want your carpet cleaning company to disappear after cleaning your carpets. Unfortunately, some stubborn stains may require a second visit. Choose a company that will come back upon request.

The Wiz Team has been serving the Carpentersville, IL area for  years. We take pride in our work and our customer service.

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