Caring For Your Rug – Water damage

Most varieties of Oriental rugs have a wool pile but many have a warp and weft made of cotton. The warp is the foundation upon which knots are tied to in order top create the pile. The weft runs over & under the warp strings between rows of knots to strengthen the rug side to side.

This cotton foundation can be weakened and sometimes rotted if the rug is wetted repeatedly and not dried properly. A common cause of such damage is when a potted plant is placed directly on a rug. The plant is watered regularly and if the pot leaks the rug under the pot stays permanently damp. Within a few weeks the foundation of the rug can become so weak that chunks can be pulled from the rug by hand. If you are placing a plant on a rug try to place on a slim leg stool so you can see under the pot and check regularly for leeks.

Another common form of water damage is when a rug is placed on damp floor such a any concrete floor. The floor may not feel wet but dampness can build up over time. These small levels of dampness can allow microorganisms to flourish in the material of the warp and weaken the foundation and strength of the rug. Rugs caught up in a flood like those placed in a basement or anywhere in Tewksbury can be severely damaged. If this happens ensure that your rug is professionally cleaned and allowed to dry completely.

A rug damaged in this way will often feel very stiff. The rug may be so stiff it will be impossible to roll and you will often be able to hear the cracks in the back of the rug as you attempt to fold. This will be the warp and weft fibres being broken.

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