Drying Wet Carpet / Flooded Carpet DIY Strategies

When our homes are tormented by flooding, leaking and other disasters leading to the unwanted entry of water, we find ourselves weighed down with the problem of having wet carpet. Wet carpet is a big trouble. All things considered, the presence of water in the carpet can be very destructive. The material carpets are usually made from is highly absorbent, and the moisture stays in there for a long period. This can encourage the development and reproduction of molds and mildew. To avoid the further deterioration of the carpet, drying wet carpet right after it comes in contact with water is essential.

Being up against a problem like this tempts us to pick up the phone and call Flood Auckland resident professional carpet cleaners at once. Homeowners who have encountered a water carpet problem a few times probably have the carpet cleaners’ number on speed dial. But although this is undeniably the easiest and most convenient way to address the predicament, this solution also comes with a steep price. Hiring professionals to do the job will definitely save your hands however. Therefore, you can follow these easy, do-it-yourself tricks for drying wet carpet, saving both your carpet and your savings.

1. Assess the damage

Prior to making any rash decision, take a step back and evaluate the extent of water damage on your carpet. If the carpet is only just a little wet, you can let it dry normally for only a few hours. But if the carpet is totally saturated, use a vacuum to help the drying process. Understanding the problem will make it easier to choose the most effective remedy.

2. Vacuum the saturated areas

In case you find the carpet to be very wet, grab that vacuum in the closet. Drying all the affected areas of the wet carpet. Paying attention to areas greatly affected by the flooding or leaking. Take breaks when required, put do not put the vacuum away until the carpet is completely dry.

3. Employ other drying equipment

If using the vacuum is not adequate to dry the carpet or if it is taking an unusually long time, you can also use electric fans and dehumidifiers. Both of these equipment work by sucking out the moisture and allowing it to evaporate. You can, however, skip this task if you do not have the equipment at home. You don’t have to rent or purchase them.

4. Take the carpet out to the sun

Following this, you can now remove the carpet from its tacks to be able to bring it out for air drying. You can leave the carpet in the driveway or in the yard allowing the sun and wind to speed up the drying process. Allow the carpet lie flat so that it will not have wrinkles or waves once it dries out. Select a location that has a wide open space and where nothing blocks the wind and the sunlight.

5. Clean and then disinfect

As soon as the carpet is dry, you can now move on to making a thorough inspection of all its parts. Try to find any remaining stain and dirt. If you would like to make sure that the carpet is completely germ-free, apply a deodorizing or sanitizing solution. This is great, especially when the carpet has submerged in flood waters which can carry with them many germs and bacteria. It’s important to disinfect the carpet to avoid the spread of diseases among the home’s residents.

6. Be safe at all times

A wet carpet can be a breeding place for germs and bacteria. Exercise safety and hygiene when you do the cleaning on your own. Wear hand gloves and face masks as needed.

These are six quick strategies for drying wet carpet. All that is required, are regular home appliances and extra effort to save wet carpet.

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