Proper oriental rug cleaning after a flooded basement

Thursday, Aug. 1st 2013

Has your basement flooded lately and damaged your Oriental rugs? With a high value (both monetary and sentimental), you (and your insurance company) want them cleaned right. Unfortunately, many companies don’t follow the right process. Many times, rugs are permanently damaged not from an incident, but from improper handling.

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The following are the steps we use for cleaning and restoration of Oriental rugs exposed to sewage intrusion from a flooded basement:

  1. First, we remove microbial contaminants by flushing the rug with clear water.
  2. Squeegee, wring or extract to remove majority of the water.
  3. Flush rug again with clear water.
  4. Squeegee, wring or extract to remove the majority of water.
  5. Immerse rug in water with a solution of a registered sanitizer (mixed at manufacturer’s recommended dilution ratio) and allow solution to remain in contact with the rug for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Squeegee, wring, or extract to remove majority of cleaner/sanitizing solution.
  7. Clean rug, then flush rug with clear water.
  8. Squeegee, wring, or extract to remove majority of water.
  9. Dry rug in dry room, or flat with air movers if there is a chance of dye bleeding.
  10. Have a confirmation test performed to determine sanitization efficacy.

Our process ensures that your valuable rugs are restored to their prior condition with no residual contaminants. If you’re concerned that your rugs were not cleaned properly in the past, give us a call today. We’ll give you a free estimate and a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

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