Does Your Rug Have Mold or Dry Rot?

The worse condition a rug can be in is if it has dry rot. Dry rot, mold and mildew are all various types and stages. While mold and mildew can be removed without much evidence of it behind, once a rug is at the stage of dry rot it’s impossible to remove.  The rug’s foundation fibers are in a state of deterioration and there is no way to fix it once the Oriental rug has dry rot. The extremes of too much moisture or lack of it can damage your rug caused by floods, leaks, high humanity with no evaporation due to a barrier like a plastic mat on a wool rug or a plastic wrapped rug.  Another cause of dry rot on rugs is pets; pet urine salts can cause the foundation fibers of a rug to keep moisturized for a long period of time which can create stiff and rotten areas.

Look out for any discoloration on the rug which can be more noticeable on the back side of the rug than the front. Be sure to remove any water source near your oriental rugs such as potted plants, water coolers or even pet water dishes can be the cause of mold and mildew growth which can turn to dry rot overtime. If an area on a rug is stiff and cracks when you slowly bend it or sounds like wood when you knock on it, then dry rot has already set in. Damage caused by pet urine has yellow discolorations on the top side of the rugs.  Buildup of chemical residue from using incorrect cleaning products can dry out the foundation fibers making them brittle and eventually causing them to rot. That is why it is important to wash your oriental rugs by professionals.

Call Persia Oriental Rug at 508-753-4667 to make sure your oriental rugs are free of mold and mildew with our professional rug cleaning services. Use our contact form to set up an appointment with us and sanitize your rug today!