Dry-Rot

What You Need to Know

One of the worst conditions that can befall a rug is DRY-ROT. Mold, mildew, and dry rot are various types and stages of particular fungi. Where you can sometimes kill and remove the first two groups without much evidence left behind in a rug (if you get to it relatively early), when you get to the dry rot stage in a rug, there is no turning back.

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Dry rot in a rug is the deterioration of the foundation fibers, usually cotton but sometimes wool, jute, or silk. In the extreme, it is a total lack of structural integrity and on a rug, this means it can simply fall apart.

The cause of fiber deterioration is the extremes of too much moisture or too little of it. You can see damage set in from moisture due to floods, leaks (from plants), or high humidity with a lack of evaporation due to a barrier such as plastic mat covering a wool rug or a rug wrapped in plastic wrap.

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