Water has harmed your floor coverings. Perhaps you had a latrine spill, possibly your water warmer burst, perhaps your child left the fixture running in the sink for quite a long time.
What would it be advisable for you to do to dry your wet floor covering to limit harm to your rug and cushion? Most importantly, there is some broad data about rugs you should realize that applies to all the fantasies .
Bearing the information above in mind, here are some common myths about wet carpets and how to dry wet carpets .
Myth#1. The rug will dry without anyone else
This is in reality obvious, much the same as the facts confirm that you could win the lottery with one ticket. Indeed, the rug will in the long run dry without anyone else. Nonetheless, will it smell unpleasant or have form on it when it is dry? What other harm will happen while the rug dries without anyone else? Except if you live in somewhere like Arizona or the desert where you have high temperature and low dampness, there is VERY minimal possibility that the floor covering and cushion will dry before shape begins developing or microorganisms begin making that wet rug, moist smell. Commonly you have around 72 hours to dry wet structure materials before they begin developing mold.
Myth #2. You have to remove the wet pad underneath your carpet
There is a myth that you can’t remove water from a wet pad, even with commercial extraction equipment. People who say this are talking about the standard carpet cleaning ‘wand’ shown on the right. It is what is commonly used to clean carpets. It sprays hot water onto the carpet and then sucks it back up again.
The wand is designed to pull water out of the carpet fibers, not the pad and it does a good job at that. So if you have water damage on commercial carpet without a pad, the wand is a good tool to use.
Myth #3. You can’t dry a wet pad under a carpet
The truth to this myth is the same as for the question above. Basically, you can dry a wet pad, even without floating that carpet, but that doesn’t mean you always should. See the answer above for details.
Myth #4. You have to lift the carpet and ‘float’ it using blowers
The answer to this question is in the answer to question 2 above. To summarize, you don’t have to float carpet if you have a deep extraction tool and know how to use it.
Myth #5. You have to remove and discard wet carpet.
If you have a black water situation (Category 3 water – contaminated water such as sewage, toilet leak or rising ground water), according to the industry standard IICRC S500, you have to discard the carpet. I believe this is because there is no EPA registered disinfectant for carpet.
However, if you have Category 2 water (gray water such as washing machine waste water, shower runoff,etc) you have to discard the pad, but you can clean the carpet and keep it.
Myth #6. Professional Carpet Cleaning will dry your carpet and pad
No. Not unless they use a deep extraction tool that is designed specifically to remove water from the pad. A regular carpet cleaning wand will not remove significant water from the carpet pad.
Myth #7. To remove the wet carpet smell, you should have it professionally cleaned.
Yes, with a ‘mostly’ attached to it. The carpet cleaning machines and methods available to most home owners aren’t very effective. Compared to commercial carpet cleaning equipment, the carpet cleaning machines you rent from the local supermarket are like a moped is to a Harley. They’re the same thing, but not really.
Getting anything other than a light smell out of a carpet requires the high pressure and suction of a commercial machine. It also requires the expertise of a trained and experienced carpet cleaner. There are many causes and solutions to different smells in a carpet and knowing what to do and when to it requires training and experience.
If baking soda and vacuuming don’t work, your best bet is to call an trained and experienced carpet cleaner, preferably one that is also an IICRC certified Odor Control Technician.
Myth #8. If you dry a flooded carpet, you will not get a moldy wet carpet smell
Depends. If a carpet is dried quickly and properly there will be no smell. In fact, if anything, there will be less smell because the carpet has effectively been cleaned.
If the carpet and pad are not dried quickly and properly you will probably have a problem with lingering musky smells and mold.
Myth #9. You have to use a truck mount carpet extractor to dry or clean a carpet properly
False. This is an ongoing debate that I don’t think will ever be resolved completely. Portable carpet cleaning machines have the advantage of short hose runs while truck mounts have the advantage of high power.
Myth #10. Baking soda is an effective carpet cleaner.
Many homeowners sprinkle baking soda on their carpet to get the carpet clean and get rid of odors. While baking soda does absorb some kinds of things, a sprinkling of baking soda on the surface of your carpet fibers does little more than giving temporary satisfaction.
If you’ve had more than a few gallons of water spilled on your carpet, you’re better off calling a professional water damage company to properly dry your home if you can afford it, or if you have insurance. As you leaned above, the problem is that if the carpets and walls aren’t dried quickly you could face a mold situation which is much more expensive to fix than drying the carpets.
Going for extensive stretches without cleaning your floor coverings brings about a development of soil, trash, and oils that can forever harm your rug. Reach us today to plan your next Carpet cleaning Services !