Leaks, weather, or a simple spill, however it happened, you may find yourself with a wet carpet. While many may shrug this off, thinking that it’s “just water,” even water alone can lead to larger problems if not properly addressed. If that moisture reaches the subfloor, this can cause buckling, possible shrinkage of the carpet and padding, as well as mold which can lead to respiratory issues and other health concerns.
If the wet carpet is simply an area rug or mat, the solution can be as easy as hanging it out to dry. A larger rug or wall to wall carpet, however, can be more difficult to dry out. This step by step process requires diligence and care, but can be effective at helping you dry your carpet.
Steps to Dry Wet Carpet
- Clean carpet: First, make sure the wet carpet is cleaned with a carpet cleaner. Quality, reliable carpet cleaners can be rented or purchased.
- Wet vac: These are designed to suck up moisture whereas a regular floor vacuum can be damaged by this process. It is important to remove as much moisture from the area as possible. A carpet shampooer can also be used for this task, but make sure it does not have water in its reservoir.
- Create airflow and ventilation: Open windows as soon as possible. Turn on overhead fans and point, ideally multiple, freestanding fans at the wet area. Larger industrial fans made specifically for a task like this are also available for rent from professional carpet cleaning companies or rental stores.
- Check carpet pad: Make sure the pad beneath the carpet is not wet. This can be done by lifting the corner of the carpet. If the pad is wet, be sure to aim a large fan or fans at it so that the air may flow over and onto the carpet pad.
- Check the subfloor: If the subfloor has also gotten wet, it will be necessary to remove the carpet and pad from the area and continue the drying process of ventilation above. These pads can be heavy and they may need to be cut into sections to remove and replace with ease.
- Prevent mold: If you found moisture on the subfloor, clean it with a solution of water and bleach, eliminating and preventing the mold growth. Make sure that all is dry before replacing the pads and carpet.
No one wants to find themself in this situation, but if you do, take care to follow these carpet drying techniques. If you’re not certain about following this process or you feel any doubts, do not hesitate to give 3D Environmental a call (619-546-0105). We’ll have our technicians out to your property and working on getting everything back to normal in no time.