Fall brings the cold, winter brings the wind, summer brings the construction… and spring brings the rain. If you’re not from South Dakota, WELCOME 😊
Flood season is upon us and after the constant downpour of rain this week, we thought this article could be quite helpful. Even though our agricultural thrive off rain, homeowners often suffer from severe damage. Flooding can ruin the insides of a home from the carpeting & padding, furniture, and walls plus everything in between. Not all homes are affected to the extent of others, but the majority of all homes experience flooding at some point. That being said, we thought it was the perfect time to share our flooring specialist’s tips for flood cleanup & damage. For help further, please contact our flooring department below.
Flood cleanup may require the work of a professional. Our tips below are designed to help you clean up on your own, but sometimes outside help is needed. If you have flood insurance, always report the damages. It is possible that all your damages may be covered including the help of a professional contractor.
Before digging into water damage repairs, protect yourself by wearing boots, gloves and cover all exposed skin. Some water can contain E.Coli and unsanitary bacteria. Water can also tend to be very hot and will burn skin quickly. Next, shut off all electricity and check twice! The last thing you need is a deadly matchup between water and electric, the results could be very dangerous.
The Air in Your Home
Now that you know to take precaution when handling unsanitary water, open up the windows! Water can bring strong odors from sewers and that’s the last thing you need! Open all entries including doors, so air will blow through and speed up the drying process. Unnatural sources like fans also help after standing water is removed and electricity can be restored.
The fastest solution to water damage and removal is seeking the help of a professional. Some situations are worse than others and can be handled on your own. If you are on your own, seek out a shop vac, or pump to remove all standing water. After the water is removed and a cause is determined, take the correct steps to ensure it won’t happen again. Of course, there are many causes of water in the home aside from just flooding.
A knowledgeable professional is the best option when attempting to save water-damaged items. Of course, remove all wet items from the area to properly perform flood clean up. Unfortunately, most carpet & furniture will need to be thrown out. Here at Montgomery’s, we do offer a line of waterproof carpet that has been tested on the floor of a swimming pool. If you are looking at installing a new carpet after water damage, this line would be your best option. Learn more about our flooring here.
Everything that has been touched by unsanitary water will need to be fully disinfected. Mold & bacteria thrive in damp areas, ensuring that your space has been completely dried will prevent these growths in the long run. Keep fans and open ventilation to the area for a few days to speed up the process. Remember, if you are ever questioning your tactics call a professional for assistance.
Here at Montgomery’s, we are very selective when choosing products to supply to our customers. So when Mohawk flooring claimed their SmartStrand carpet was built to hold elephants, I had to dig in. Just how good could this carpet be? Check out what I found below.
What is SmartStrand?
First, let’s cover the basics of what this technology is and what it claims.
In SmartStrand Silk, each strand of carpet is packed with 700 silk-like, stain-resistant fibers. That’s 3X more individual fibers than found in traditional nylon carpet.
- Proven superior durability
- Permanent, inherent stain resistance
- Nanoloc™ Spill & Soil Shield for easy cleanup
- Protected against pet odors and accidents
- All Pet Protection & Warrant
So how can Mohawk claim that this carpet is durable enough for elephants and zoo animals? They went all out and actually tested it.
Mohawk installed both SmartStrand Silk and a competitive premium soft nylon in the Birmingham zoo enclosure of Max the Rhino. After two weeks with a 5,400-pound rhinoceros, both carpets were covered with more than just mud.
After a thorough professional cleaning, the nylon soft carpet showed signs of matting, crushing, and stains. Only the SmartStrand Silk carpet released stains and remained beautiful, once again proving that SmartStrand is the most durable, easiest to clean carpet on the planet.
In conclusion, it can withhold messy zoo animals, but what about a house of adventurous kids?
Kids: The True Test
Blogger Emily Clark, recently posted her recent blog onto Pinterest reviewing the SmartStrand Carpet. After moving into their new home, her kids had destroyed her carpet in a matter of two weeks. After installing SmartStrand, Emily tested messy ice cream sundaes on the new Mohawk carpet.
After her kids had finished their sundaes Emily claimed:
“Besides the whole stain-resistant thing, the best benefit for me was that I could “chill out” and not be so worried about every bite that was spilled. And, that’s always more fun for everyone.
We actually did have a few spots on the carpet after it was all said and done. And, as promised, it came right out with warm water and a little liquid dish detergent.”
Read Emily’s full blog here
Favorite SmartStrand Swatches
We carry limitless options and colors of SmartStrand carpet at all Montgomery’s locations. Here are a few named favorites of mine for inspiration. Find a designer to install SmartStrand here.
With a long tradition as one of the most luxurious fibers for flooring, wool provides many benefits. Wool is stylish, sustainable, easy to clean, safe, strong and provides value to your home and life.
The distinctive beauty of wool is of its natural affinity to accept dye. By locking the color in, wool is dyed in vibrant colors that last, cannot be rubbed off and look good longer. Wool can be woven, tied, or tufted into stylish textures and patterns adding dimension and depth to your room.
Wool, collected from sheep raised and bred in the countryside, takes a fraction of the energy to produce compared to other materials. In addition to decreased production costs, the lifespan of wool flooring is up to five times longer than other options.
Easy to Clean
Due to the lanolin (wool wax), the coating on each fiber wool rugs are stain resistant. This attribute also prevents dirt from becoming embedded into the carpet.
Because of the high protein and moisture content wool is naturally flame retardant, not allowing flames to spread quickly. The moisture levels also make the wool static-free and enable it to absorb indoor contaminants to help purify the air from harmful gasses.
Wool fibers are strong enough to bend up to 10,000 times before breaking. The fiber’s natural elasticity allow it to stretch up to 30% more than it’s original length and still bounce back.
The longevity of wool flooring averages out the upfront cost while at the same time providing other energy, health, environmental and care savings.
Enjoy naturally superior qualities of wool in your home.