A common concern for many homeowners has to do with the integrity and state of their carpeting. Yes, it may not be glamorous, but it’s nevertheless something you need to deal with in your adult existence.
In this article, we’ll be looking to gain a better understanding of wet carpet damage, what the common causes are, as well as what you can do about it.
So, what are the causes of wet carpet damage?
One of the most common causes of wet carpet damage is that you accidentally spilled something – a glass of water, your cleaning bucket as you were mopping the floor, and so on.
Other times, it’s not your fault at all and you might return home from a trip to find you’ve been the unlucky victims of a flood, which has damaged the carpet. Or maybe it just got wet because of a leaky pipe. Regardless of the reason, you need to act as swiftly as possible.
What to do?: The wet carpet dilemma
Now, many people live with the mistaken impression that they only need to worry if they spill something substantial.
“Oh, a little water never hurt anyone!”
Except that’s not true. Even if you only spill a little bit of liquid on your carpet, you risk damaging it. Most usually, this damage manifests itself in the form of mould.
Since carpets are generally thick, they have a harder time drying, and by maintaining that moist atmosphere, they are basically breeding ground for mould, and may also gather bacteria, dust, and other common allergens. This can easily become an issue if you’re sensitive to allergens, but not only that, it will also damage your home’s air supply.
Now, if you catch the wetness quickly, you might be able to save the carpet by leaving it outside to dry or doing your best to dry it by hand. Otherwise, you’ve got two options when it comes to wet carpet damage: either replace the carpet or call in professionals.
Now, the method you choose will depend on the extent of the damage, but also on the type of water. See, if the liquid that damaged the carpet contained chemicals or pathogenic agents, it’s best to leave it up to a professional and not attempt to clean it yourself.
Replacing a damaged carpet
This is a good way to go if your carpet has sustained extensive water damage, or if you just don’t have the patience for a restoration process. However, replacing damaged carpeting is a chore in itself and can prove incredibly costly, which is why many people turn to professionals for help.
Wet carpet damage professional restorers
If the damage is beyond your control and you don’t want to buy a new carpet, you can call in professionals to have the carpet cleaned/dried.
Professional restorers will identify the type of damage (e.g. if the carpet’s been exposed to chemicals/has become a safety hazard), and from there on, the proper cleaning and drying method. From there on, they will extract the liquid, apply a mould control treatment and other necessary steps to sanitising the carpet (if applicable), and then begin the drying process.
When done right, professional carpet restoration can leave your carpet looking fresh, as if it had never sustained any damage in the first place. But of course, what you decide to do is ultimately up to you!