2019 Dallas Tornado Damage: What to do and How to Prepare for Future Storms

Home damaged by storm

Home damaged by tornado2019 Dallas Tornado Damage: What to do and How to Prepare for Future Storms

Nearly two weeks after the devastating tornadoes hit we are still receiving calls about rugs trapped under debris. If you need an asset recovery assessment, we work with insurance to settle damaged rugs. As part of our service we do free evaluations and appraisals for your insurance company for damage due to the 2019 Dallas area tornadoes.

Behnam Rugs is sharing storm preparation tips to keep your fine rugs safe from damage in the future. Following these preventative measures will hopefully mean you don’t have to use home owner’s insurance to replace your rug.

The first thing you’ll want to do is roll up your rugs and put them somewhere at least 10 inches above the floor. If you live in a two story house, move the rugs upstairs.

If you can, store the rugs in a windowless room. Wrap the rugs in plastic for the time being (never keep your rugs in plastic for an extended period of time). Keep the rug vertical wherever you choose to store it, as other methods lead to creases.

Take photographs of all the things you own for insurance purposes. Behnam Rugs can evaluate your rug from a picture if it is trapped in your home.

Seal or cover window frames so that water and debris have a harder time getting in.

Elevate anything that could rust. Unplug appliances and move them several feet from the ground.

Place furniture tabs under furnishings so that they don’t bleed into carpet or mark the floor.

Remember, if you choose not to move your area rug to higher ground, it will become a sponge that generates mold and mildew within 48 hours.

If you rug suffers water damage, clean and extract the water within 24-48 hours to avoid mold and color runs. Some antique rugs and rugs that use vegetable dye are less likely to experience color running. If your rug has been exposed to water for longer than 48 hours, you will need to take it to a professional for cleaning and mold removal before the fibers rot.

When the rug lays on the floor while storm water courses over it, it acts as a filter and debris goes deep into the rug’s foundation before the water runs off. This debris becomes trapped and must be removed by a professional.

The first thing you need to do if your rug gets wet is dry it. Remove the water and then use fans to air it out.

Or, take the wet rug to Behnam Rugs as soon as possible for immediate washing.

It is not always possible to save rugs with water damage, but Behnam Rugs will do their best to salvage your fine rug if it does get wet. First we extract the water and dry the rug, then we wash it and dry it again.Remember, timing is key. Dry a wet rug as soon as possible to increase the chances of rescuing the rug.

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Why Do Some Rugs Still Smell After They are Washed?

Dirt removed by massaging the rug

Why Do Some Rugs Still Smell After They are Washed?

The dirt hiding in your rug’s pile is destroying your fine rug. Over time, dust and debris travel down from the top of you rug to settle in the pile. This can cause your rug to smell, but even worse, it can damage the fibers of your rug and create micro-tears, causing the foundation to wear away, revealing threadbare patches.

So, where does this damaging debris come from, how does it build up over the years, and how can you remove it?

The debris that settles into the pile of your rug typically comes from the daily use of the rug. Pet dander, hair, and urine, skin cells, dirt from outside, food particles, and humidity create the perfect environment for a type of clay mixed with microorganisms to form in the rug’s pile. Vacuuming just pushes this clay deeper into the foundation of your rug. Foot traffic grinds it in as well.

Some types of dirt, such as sand, have sharp edges that can cut the strands of the rug’s wool fibers. This causes fibers to be added to the dirt trapped in your rug, making larger and larger amounts of damaging debris laying in the pile. As your rug experiences foot traffic and vacuuming, the dirt trapped in the pile moves and cuts more and more fibers. Eventually, the foundation of the rug becomes exposed due to a loss of density.

Dirt in the rug's pile
This is a cross section of a rug that demonstrates where the dust gets trapped over time.

As the density decreases, the sharpness of the design of your rug lessens over time, eventually becoming blurry and threadbare. In addition, this debris can be malodorous and contain many allergens that irritate your immune system. Your guests may notice a smell when they enter your home that you have become nose blind to.

We highly recommend that you vacuum your rug face down every year or two to loosen this clay that is no doubt trapped in the body of your rug. Never use the vacuum’s beater brush when vacuuming your handmade rug’s face. Once the buildup is loosened you can vacuum at least some of it out.

This will extend the life of your rug, but simply vacuuming at home is not enough. Every three to five years your rug needs to be professionally cleaned to remove this damaging substance. Waiting too long will cause your rug to become threadbare and the design to become blurry.

Dirt removed
These are the magnified particles that are hiding in your rug.

In conclusion, what can you do about this clay lying in the pile and slowly destroying your rug?

The best thing to do is have it professionally cleaned. Behnam Rugs uses a traditional Persian hand washing method that removes this damaging clay. Sometimes, washing alone is not enough to remove the dirt and odor from deep within the rug’s pile. When this happens, the team at Behnam beats both sides of the rug with wood paddles, as well as rolls up the rug with the back side facing up and massages the rug, loosening the debris.

Our deep tissue rug massage is sure to remove this harmful clay by breaking up and loosening the dirt and debris. Once removed, the odor trapped in your rug disappears, and your rug is once more ready to be a centerpiece in your home.

If the rug is professionally washed and still has odor, it for sure has sand and dirt trapped inside the pile and foundation. The longevity of your fine rug depends on how often it is washed and how well the dust and debris is removed.

When it comes to rugs and their care, experience matters.