Weeks ago, the East Coast prepped their homes and collected batteries and bottles of waters for Hurricane Sandy. The storm left thousands of homes flooded, millions lost power and more than one hundred people died.
Statistics on Hurricane Sandy:
Estimated dollar value of the lost business activity due to the storm (according to IHS Global Insight).
Number of homes that lost power.
Number of years since the New York Stock Exchange was closed for two consecutive days because of weather.
Approximate number of tweets sent about Sandy between the onset of the storm and the initial recovery.
New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut are the areas that were hit hardest during Hurricane Sandy and the rugs and furniture in our homes may have also been severely damaged from the hurricane. If they weren’t directly affected, there’s still mildew, bacteria, allergens, and toxins that can be released by the water. This can settle into the rugs and carpeting and if this is the case, they must be cleaned because it will lead to air pollution in the home.
The air outside of our homes is actually cleaner than the air inside. Air pollution has reached epidemic levels in the United States and symptoms such as watery eyes, frequent colds, flu, sore throats, stuffy noses, allergies, lack of energy, and asthma have been linked to indoor air pollution. That air pollution is particularly high due to Hurricane Sandy.
Rugs, carpets, furniture and window treatments play an integral role in affecting our indoor air quality because they act as giant health filters that capture dust, dirt, pollen, dust mites and all of their byproducts, including bacteria and other pollutants. The soft surfaces in our homes will keep the pollutants from being air-borne until a certain point when they stop holding them and start contributing to the problem.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the professional cleaning of rugs, furniture, and window treatments significantly improved the quality of indoor air. Proper cleaning can get your rugs and carpets up to 1500% cleaner. It can take the mildew, bacteria, allergens, and toxins out of your rugs as well. The EPA highly recommends that you clean your carpets and rugs by using a firm that is certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, and is trained in cleaning not only for appearance but also for health.
In order to eliminate moisture, mildew, and salt water from your rugs and the other soft surfaces in your home, our cleaning process can salvage and restore them. For your homemade rugs and area carpets, they will be removed and cleaned in our professional cleaning facility where they can be more thoroughly cleaned than in the home. Dust and dirt can be removed before the washing process, which uses hundreds of gallons of water to remove the most embedded soil, and the rugs can be properly dried in a controlled enviroment. For your wall-to-wall carpets, we will come to your home and use the hot water extraction method.
Washing processes used to eliminate moisture, mildew, and salt water from the hurricane:
- The ultimate cleaning for most rugs and carpets is the Luster Wash. The carpet is completely immersed with water and our own exclusive cleaning formulas. Our specially designed washing equipment allows solutions to penetrate freely to the deepest layer of the rug’s nap. This process removes ground-in dirt, gently, without crushing the wool, and in most cases restores the original look and texture.
- The basic cleaning for many rugs is the Soap Wash, which is a systematic cleaning process that we use on area rugs, broadloom carpeting and many types of oriental rugs. The rugs are first lathered with our own soap formula and water then put through an automatic washing machine, which again washes, rinses and rings out excess water.
- The Hand or Dry Rug Cleaning is a process in which we clean the rug with a dry cleaning method. All work is done by hand. This process is recommended for silk rugs, extremely fragile textiles, or rugs that have “fugitive” dyes, which may tend to run in a wet cleaning method.
Getting your damaged rugs cleaned after the hurricane will keep your home healthy and the benefits of that are well worth it. You and your family will ultimately feel better and live a healthier life. Your home will also look dramatically more beautiful.
We are here to assist after our most recent natural disaster as well as throughout the year. For a complete list of our services and to schedule a cleaning of the rugs or fabrics in your home visit us at www.rugrenovating.com.