You may have just experienced a nasty flood which left your floor and carpets soaking wet. Not only do you have to clean up this awful mess, you then have to worry about harmful mold and mildew setting inside your carpets. Leaving moisture on your rugs and carpet causes long term damages and future health concerns. Carpet Care 2000 will talk about the essential steps that must be taken to prevent mildew and harmful molds from setting into your carpets.
How to Dry Wet Carpet & Avoid Mold Dangers
Step 1. Use a wet/dry vacuum to remove as much water as possible. Do this quickly or just as soon as you discovered the leak. Remember, time is key. You can rent a wet/dry vacuum or call a professional company to help you with this crisis.
Step 2. After you have removed the water, you will need to dry out the floor and carpet as fast as you can. Use a fan in the room until dried if possible. This can take days if not a week depending on how soaked the floor got and how large the room is. You can rent a high powered fan to help dry it faster. If possible open windows that are in the room. This is important to help circulate air in the room and blow any air born partials in the air, out.
Step 3. Use a dehumidifier to help remove any moisture left in the room. This will also help keep the room cooler which makes mold more difficult to grow. The first three steps are the most important when it comes to fighting against molds and mildews.
Step 4. Steam clean your carpets. You may need to replace your carpet padding. Steam clean your carpet before you replace the padding then again after. While the carpet is up off the ground and before your new padding is laid down, bleach the bottom of the floor. This will kill any molds that may be growing on the concrete and in its pores.
Step 5. Sanitize with bleach all of the surrounding areas like the concrete. Also do baseboards, walls, and other surface areas that were exposed by the water. Especially if the water damage was caused by rain or stormy weather because a lot of outside particle are now inside your home. This is known to cause quicker mold growth.
Step 6. Finally your carpets are clean and mostly safe from molds but there is one more issue to deal with. Any furniture that was exposed to the water also needs to be dried and cleaned properly or you can bring infected furniture back in your home and on top of your carpet that you have worked so hard to protect. Wash and dry anything that is washable. Take everything else outside to dry and clean with diluted bleach if possible. Couches will need upholstery cleaning after they are dried.
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Flooding inside your home can become a major project to deal with once it occurs. Carpet Care 2000 can help lighten the burden. We are experienced in flood and water damage, upholstery cleaning and steam cleaning carpet from flood and water damages. If you find you need help, Carpet Care 2000 is just a phone call away.