Water damage to your house carpets is something that is a result of a flood or fire in your premises. The carpet fibers and the underlay underneath can absorb a of liquid, which can quickly develop into mold, mildew, fungi, or other potentially dangerous materials. The work of removing excess water from carpets is one that you should let a professional carpet cleaner complete because carpet cleaning after flood is important, and some of the methods involved can be dangerous.
One of the most important things in knowing whether a water damaged carpet can be restored is the type of water which damaged the carpet. Water leakage from leaking water pipes are considered sanitary because they are not likely to contain bacteria or other harmful contaminants. If flooding has been caused by a sanitary source, water damaged carpet can often be restored. Other sources of water such as dishwasher or toilet overflows may be considered unclean, meaning that the potential for health hazards is too great and that carpet should be replaced. Carpet damaged by dark water mixed with other bacteria type things which can come from a sewage backup or flood, almost always needs to be replaced because of the likelihood of hazardous bacteria mixed in it.
There are several methods for removing water damage from carpets, and these methods are most efficient if you use them all.
1. Getting the carpets dry ASAP
It is very important to dry the damage areas ASAP to prevent mold from growing. Air circulation is important to a successful cleanup task. You can rent industrial fans and dehumidifies from DIY shops to help speedup the drying process. You will want to set up at least 2-3 high velocity fans and a dehumidifier in the room depending on how far the water damage as spread and opening windows helps. If you are unable to rent equipment, gather as many fans as possible and set them up around the circumference of the room to encourage as much flowing air as possible. Leave them running continuously until the carpets feel dry. Continue to run the fans for another 24 to 48 hours. The underlay is almost impossible to clean, so therefore you will have to remove and replace it.
Apply using commercial carpet shampoo, and using a sponge, rub it on a small area of carpet (about 2-3 feet) with a light circular motion. Use a stiff brush if the carpet is soiled up. Rinse after several times with clear water, wringing most of the water from the sponge each time. Make sure you change the water after it becomes dirty. Use as little water as possible on the sponge since water will weaken carpet backing. |Then repeat this action on the next area of the carpet until the entire surface is clean. When moving to the next area of the carpet, overlap the first area because overlapping helps prevent streaking when the carpet dries out. After you’ve finished the cleanup of your carpets, dry out the carpets as quickly as you can. To speed up the drying process, use a fan. Be sure to thoroughly dry the carpets. Even though the surface may seem dry, you must confirm that the base of the fiber is completely dry. And remember: Be sure to read the manufacturer instructions as some carpets may shrink when shampooed.
3. Avoid contact with the carpet being dried
This would mean removing all furniture from the top of the wet carpeted area – especially wooden furniture, because any dyes or stains from the furniture can be transferred. The furniture can also be damaged if it absorbs water from the carpet. During the drying process, it’s good not to walk on the wet carpet to prevent staining and further damaging the carpet. Water can sometimes cause the glue backing to separate from carpet fibers, a process called delamination.
4. Chemical Cleansers Remove Water Damage from Carpet
If mold, mildew, spores, fungi, or other dangerous fungi develop within your carpet, specialised concentrated chemical cleansers are available to kill the bacteria and organisms that cause secondary water damage to your home. These cleansers act as deodorizers and disinfectants and can normally restore non-physical damage to water-damaged areas in your home. Just remember, however, that these chemicals are potentially dangerous, so you should let a professional handle them.