Victoria, Canada, January 19, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- Stephen "Dusty" Roberts, owner of Luv-A-Rug Services in Victoria, BC, Canada, never saw it coming. The record rainfalls recently experienced in Victoria created more than wide spread flooding. It's caused intense heartache for homeowners whose floors and priceless heirloom rugs were consumed by filthy storm waters.
"It was like New Orleans all over again," says Roberts, "where people thought their flooded rugs were damaged beyond repair and threw them out in the yard. And yet, this time, throwing wet rugs outside is exactly what saved them."
Good oriental rugs can withstand a tremendous amount of punishment - even flooding. Roberts experienced this first hand after helping to save hundreds of valuable rugs in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina.
According to Roberts, if your oriental rug ever gets flooded, there are four things you can do to help save it:
1) Call a restoration company immediately. They have the equipment to extract the water quickly & dry it properly.
2) Use a wet vac to extract as much water as possible. This makes the rug easier to move so you can bring to a reputable area rug cleaner right away.
3) Keep the temperature of the room where your flooded rug is located as cool as possible. This helps to prevent mold and mildew from developing and turning your rug into a stinking ruined mess before you can take it to be restored.
4) Take your rugs outside. Even if it continues to rain, your rug will be better off than sitting in flood water. Rain water, which is low in Ph, is actually good for older rugs. Dirty flood waters, filled with mud and sewage, has a higher Ph which can ruin the colors in your rug.
If the temperature outside is near freezing - that's the most ideal condition you could hope for.
"The freezing weather Victoria experienced after all that rain," explains Roberts, “was the best thing for any flooded rug thrown out in the yard. The cold temperatures actually helped preserve the rugs and kept any damage from happening.
"Now," says Roberts, "clients are coming into Luv-A-Rug everyday, not only with their icy-cold flooded rugs, but also with stories about what happened to them. It's really amazing to discover how similar people of Victoria are to those of New Orleans. Especially the smiles and relief on their faces when we get to tell them their rug can be saved."
If you have a precious rug that experienced a flooding or other type of disaster, bring it right away to Luv-A-Rug and they can restore it for you. Luv-A-Rug is located at 113-3347 Oak Street, Victoria BC. Phone Number: (250) 475-3922