Whether you’re able to salvage flood-damaged carpets and rugs depends upon the flooding source.
Below are a few rules to assist you in deciding whether to throw out or keep your carpeting and rugs:
You ought to discard wall-to-wall carpets, the majority of larger area rugs, as well as all rugs that have foam
backing if flooded with water that was contaminated.
If you wish to save carpet soaked with water that was contaminated, consult an expert cleaning company which cleans carpeting at its own drying and cleaning facility. Steam-cleaning methods is best.
It’s possible to save wall-to-wall carpets that is soaked by clean rain if you get it expertly cleaned or you shampoo and dry it.
Usually, washable throw rugs may be cleaned inside a washing machine.
Check with the insurance provider to be certain it’ll cover your cleaning efforts.
The general rule of thumb for rain-soaked carpeting includes replacing them if they were soaked for over 24 hours. However, if they were soaked for under 24 hours, it’s possible to clean them or get them cleaned professionally.
Below are some extra cleaning wet carpeting tips:
Do not clean basement carpets indoors within the summertime because you’re adding moisture to a space that already is soaked.
If the carpets are put in with tack strips, you may have the ability to extract it and have it reinstalled and cleaned.
Replace all padding because it’s almost impossible to clean.
If you cannot extract the carpet, dry it as rapidly as you can with a dry/wet vacuum, as well as dehumidifier in order to minimize growth of mold. Circulate air that is above the carpeting with an AC, open windows, and fans. Also, if you can, lift the carpeting and ventilate using fans beneath.
As the carpet is fully dry, vacuum the space, and shampoo the carpeting then repeat the process of drying. Keep in mind, most modernized carpet is made of nylon; therefore, it should not be cleaned using bleach.
As the carpeting is dried, vacuum it once again.