What to Do with Wet Carpets? Carpet Drying Like a Boss!

What to Do with Wet Carpets? Drying Carpet Like a Boss!

It can happen to anyone. You leave your French windows ajar and a freak rainstorm inundates your living room floor. Or that old water heater finally gave up the ghost and started leaking water onto your carpets. Lounge Room FloodingWhen it comes to drying wet carpets, there are experts who can do a fast and professional job. If you want to try it yourself, here are some tips.

If the amount of water involved is small, say a cup or so, you can probably dry the carpet using an absorbent towel and a fan. However, if the water has affected a large area of your rooms, you’ll need a multifaceted approach.

First, remove any furniture from the room and check it for water damage.

You can work on your carpets with towels as above and wring the water out into a bucket. You can then borrow or rent a wet-dry vacuum. Whatever you do, don’t use a regular vacuum cleaner, as it can be very dangerous. Run your wet vac over the carpets multiple times slowly and repeatedly.

If you live in a dry area, open your windows. Otherwise, keep them closed. Try to get hold of some large fans and direct them onto the damp areas to help evaporate the water. Buy or borrow a dehumidifier and keep it running.

Be advised that you should only proceed with the above if the water damage occurred very recently. Much over 12 hours and you need to worry about mould. Dealing with mould requires professional help so call in the experts.

One thing to bear in mind is that when it comes to carpets, water problems rarely go away on their own. Even after fixing the source of the moisture and mopping up any excess, residual dampness can still lead to mould.

So however well you may think you’ve dried your carpets, it’s best to get an expert opinion. By thoroughly drying wet carpet, a water damage expert could save you a lot in the long run.

For the best service for drying wet carpet, check out a company like Water Damage Specialist that is available 24 hours a day.
Kaylyn Tanner

About Kaylyn Tanner

Kaylyn is part of the Water Damage Specialist website content crew. She loves sharing her knowledge with others to help make the flood cleanup process as easy as possible.
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