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Cleaning Water Damaged Carpets

For residents living in areas that are prone to flooding, owning a carpet can be a huge pain in the neck, especially if flood waters somehow manage to get inside the house and drench the carpet in muddy water and sewage. While most carpet owners would prefer to throw out water damaged carpets,

there are many who would want to save them, especially if the carpet is a family heirloom or a priceless antique…

If your carpet has been water damaged, you need to do a lot of things in order to save it. Not properly fixing the problem can result in carpets emitting a foul, musty smell or, worse, ends up becoming a growth bed for molds and mildew. Before you start work on your carpet, you need to determine what type of water has seeped into it. If the water damage has been caused by “clean” water, such as that coming from a leaking faucet or an overflowing bathtub, you don’t have to worry about contaminants. You only need to extract the water with a pump or shop-vac and let it dry.

On the other hand, if your carpet was damaged by gray, brown or even black flood waters, it may have been seriously contaminated. Rather than have it become a health hazard in your home, it is more advisable to throw it away.

If your carpet had been damaged by flood waters but not so extensive, here is what you need to do…

  1. Get as much water out of the carpet as you can with the help of a shop-vac or pump.
  2. Inspect the padding of the carpet. If it has been ruined by the flood waters, throw it out.
  3. Wash the carpet using mild wool detergent until the water runs clean.
  4. Once you have finished washing it, carry it outside and let it dry in the air. Make sure that your carpet is lying flat.
  5. Once the carpet is dry, inspect it carefully again. If there are still stains or there is a foul smell coming off from it, you might need to repeat the above steps or, better yet, take it to a professional carpet cleaner for a more thorough cleaning.
  6. If you were forced to remove the ruined carpet padding and throw it away, take the carpet to a carpet repair shop and have a new padding placed.
  7. Before re-installing your carpet, make sure that the floor is totally clean and dry.

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