Everyone knows that squishy sensation with an almost-gross, cartoon-like sopping sound. It’s that unmistakable feeling: you’ve just stepped onto a wet carpet. Whether a building manager, home owner or business proprietor, the last thing you want to do is deal with water damage.
Unfortunately, you’re going to have to take care of this problem real fast! If you don’t, more time and money can be wasted. Innumerable problems can develop, causing people and animals to become deathly sick.
Not drying wet carpet in a proper manner can ruin the fibers down to the base of the carpeting. This will make it terrible to look at and very expensive to replace.
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Before Attempting Carpet Cleaning
Because of the urgency posed by a wet carpet, we have some cleaning solutions for you. But, before jumping into a DIY attempt, there are things you should check, consider and do.
Step 1. Assess the Water
First, find the water’s source. If it’s from a leaky ceiling or broken pipe, be sure to cut off the water and call a roofer, plumber or other contractor so that it stops drenching the carpet.
If it’s from a storm, broken water cooler or an overflowed sink, then your problem will be much easier to take care of. If the water comes from a sump pump, leaky toilet, broken fish tank, sewage backup or cracked water appliance, then you must determine the type of water affecting your carpet. There are three kinds:
1. Black – Do not handle this on your own and call a commercial carpet cleaner. Black water is very toxic, causing illnesses and infections for any living organism, including plants.
2. Gray – Gray water may have microorganisms, which can also sicken people and animals. The darker it is, the more likely you should call a professional.
3. Clean – This is safe to handle. Clean water presents no immediate threat.
Step 2. Secure the Area
First, make sure the water doesn’t promote a danger to nearby electrical outlets or appliances. Shut off all electricity to ensure absolute safety. Clear the space of all electronic devices, including computers, smart phones, power strips and etc.
Then, move any affected furniture like chairs, desks, couches, tables and the like. Next, trash any irreplaceable or irreparable items and objects. Inspect drenched area rugs to see if you can save them. If not, throw them away. Otherwise, move them to a sink or put rugs outside to dry, like on a clothesline.
Finally, section off the area to prevent traffic. The more people walk all over it, the deeper the moisture will go into the carpet. Consistent foot traffic will attract more filth and dirt from footwear, thereby making carpet cleaning more difficult to clean later on.
Step 3. Drying Wet Carpet
Follow each of these steps to safely remove water from carpeting:
1. Extraction – The best way suck up excess moisture is to use a wet-dry vac, it will draw out a majority of the water. Keep a close eye on this so you can empty the tank as often as needed.
2. Absorption – Next, soak up any remaining water. Use a microfiber towel and press it into the area to saturate the towel. Repeat this as needed with fresh towels until the material no longer absorbs any moisture.
3. Aeration – Creating airflow with a fan, blower and/or a dehumidifier is a quick and efficient way to dry the carpet. Smaller spills can tolerate a hair dryer but larger spaces may need several fans to be effective. Open windows and doors to get natural air wafting through.
4. Inspection – If the water damage was extensive, you’re going to have to check the subfloor and underlayment. Do this even if you think the carpeting is dry completely. This means checking the carpet pad and baseboards for wetness by pulling back a corner of the rug. You may have a potential mold and mildew issue if any wetness remains.
Contact Commercial Carpet Pros
If you have black or gray water or even a wet subfloor, you have to contact professionals. Or, you could have completed the above steps but the carpet has a funky smell, sustained damage or another problem you’re unsure about. When this is the case, it’s time to call a commercial carpet cleaning service.
Having the best equipment and the right cleaning solutions means we can ensure your carpet is free of filth down to the base fibers. Not only will we make your carpet look as good as new, we will also give it protection and treatments.
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Our carpet cleaning experts have an arsenal of tools and services available. We steam clean and deep clean so that air quality improves. We have antibacterial treatments along with deep dirt and pollutant removal for cleaning, repair and restoration of any water damage. We also offer area rug cleaning, air duct cleaning and carpet repair. So, no matter how bad your carpet problem may be, we’re sure to give you the help you need at an affordable price.
A.Bees Lakeland Carpet Cleaners can assist you on what to do based on our many years of expertise coupled with a standard of high quality. We are knowledgeable about all carpets and rugs available on the market. Our team can handle broadloom carpet to wool rugs and even area rugs. We offer service to the entire Polk County area in Florida.
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