Water Damaged Carpet: How to Cleanup

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Water damage in your home can be a source of worry and damage. Whether your home has flooded or you experience a leaking pipe, any amount of water in the home is going to requires some cleanup. When you have water damage in rooms with carpet the cleanup process will be a little bit different. Here’s how to clean up water damaged carpet.

Carpet and carpet pads are very porous and susceptible to mold growth. When you have even a small amount of moisture and a porous material for it to grow on, mold can grow very quickly.

So one of the most important water damage cleanup tips you can follow is to clean up the damage as quickly as possible. This will help to eliminate the likelihood that you have mold growing in your home.

First, use a fan or wet/dry vacuum to soak up as much water as possible. Fire and water damage restoration companies will have very powerful wet/dry vacuums that can dry out the affected carpet quickly and painlessly.

If you choose to go the DIY route, you can find wet/dry vacuums to rent that will help speed up the water removal process. If this is not an option, you can use fans to help dry out the area.

However, fans may take several days to get the job done. Another way to help remove water from the room is by running a dehumidifier. By removing the moisture from the air, you’ll help to limit the growth of mold or mildew.

Once you’ve removed the water, it’s time to get cleaning. To clean the carpets you’ll want to use a steam cleaner. This will both sanitize and deodorize your carpet. You can also scrub your carpets with a combination of 1 gallon of water with two tablespoons of liquid bleach. However, it’s important to look closely at your carpet pad. If the pad is wet it will need to be replaced.

Once your carpets have been cleaned you’ll want to consider any other areas of your home that have been affected by flooding. If your walls or baseboards have gotten wet you’ll want to clean them. You can clean hard surfaces with soap and water, and/or sanitize them with a combination of bleach and water.

If you’re dealing with other problems following significant water damage, it may be a good idea to look into water cleanup services. Hiring a professional is especially a good idea if the water damage is from a storm or flood and the water (and your home) is now contaminated with mud, silt, or sewage.

Water damage cleanup costs can be very reasonable, especially when you consider that those services will come with professional equipment that are handled by trained professionals to restore your home.

There are many restoration companies in Utah, but if you’re looking for Utah’s #1 flood and water damage restoration experts contact RestoreMasters. No matter how big or small your water damage is, they will help restore your home to its former glory.

Don’t wait to clean up water damage! Contact RestoreMasters today.  

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