Has your home been affected by a flood or water damage? And do you have area rugs/carpets damaged as a result of this? Water damage to your property can be quite a disturbing ordeal, causing harm to your belongings and potentially putting your health at risk.
Before attempting to clean the carpet, you must first firmly decide if it is worth saving. Consider how long the carpet has been under water and if the water has been contaminated. Remember, even if you think it is possible to take care of your carpet by yourself, it is always best to avail the services of professional carpet cleaners or water damage restoration experts.
Following simple guidelines at the earliest could help prevent a health hazard and permanent damage to your carpet. So what are these immediate steps that help take care of the problem?
Remove the carpet from the accident area.
The first thing to do in case of a small carpet or area rug is to remove it from the floor and hang or lay it outside. Carpets that can be moved should be cleaned outside until they dry completely. However, if the carpet is too large to remove or you are faced with wet wall-to-wall carpeting, you may need to try and dry it where it is.
Identify the source of the damage.
Determine the source of the water and ensure it has stopped. The different types of water sources should be handled carefully. Clean water comes from a broken water supply or overflowed tub, while grey water comes from a broken washing machine or dishwasher. Black water which comes from sewers or septic tanks is the most dangerous and can be extremely hazardous to your health. In such a case absolutely do not attempt a DIY fix. Professionals should be hired to clean or dispose of ruined carpets in a safe and sanitary manner ensuring they don’t put anyone at risk.
Water damaged carpets should be dealt with immediately.
When a carpet has become waterlogged, it is very important to clean it as soon as you can.
Mould and mildew will form on a carpet that has undergone water damage within the first 48 hours. As the fibres are bound to be weak, avoid stepping on wet rugs/carpets. Remove as much water as possible using a wet vacuum, cloths, a mop, and towels. You can even speed up the drying process and hold off mould growth by running fans and dehumidifiers. If it is a small carpet and it’s being dried indoors, ensure proper ventilation throughout the process.
Examine and inspect the damage carefully.
If the padding has been soaked through, consider replacing it once the drying process is complete. This is because the padding is much thicker than the carpet and takes longer to dry. Most professional carpet cleaners are quite experienced to examine the flooring and inspect the carpet padding. Hence they will be in a better position to decide on the restoration process involved and the equipment to be used.
Call in the professionals.
Eventually, one of the best ways to deal with a wet wall-to-wall carpet is to call in someone who knows how to deal with it. Professional carpet cleaners will make sure your rug or carpet is completely dry, sanitised, and deodorised. And if you do this as soon as possible, the company can salvage as much of the carpet, floor, and padding as possible. Look for a company that comes recommended or has a proven track record in your community. Make sure their service is guaranteed and that they not only dry the carpet and its padding but the floor as well, if necessary.
Check on your insurance.
Check with your homeowners/renters insurance. It is possible your policy may cover the cost of the carpet cleaning, depending on the cause of the wet carpet. Most professional cleaners will also help out with this.
So when you are faced with a problem like a water damaged carpet, be sure to contact Classique Chem-Dry. Our methods combine state of the art specialised equipment with safe cleaning agents to offer a cost-effective deep clean. We use 80% less water than typical steam cleaners and ensure that your carpet will be clean and dry within hours.
We provide services in Goulburn and all surrounding suburbs. Call 1800 213 006 for our expert services.