Wet carpet is best handled based on the amount of water in the carpet and the total wet square footage. Deciding how to dry a wet carpet should begin with understanding the scope of possible carpet and floor damage.
You will need some equipment, and the work can be exhausting, but the most important tool you need is your ability to suppress panic.
Volume and Area
A tipped bucket is not the same as an overflowing bathtub, which is not the same as a flood. Wet carpet in a relatively small area – say the size of a dish towel, where your reaction is “Oops!” – requires quick attention, but a minimum of room disruption.
Wet carpet in a larger area – say a bedroom or a hallway, where your reaction is “Aggh!” – means pulling up the carpet to expose the padding and much more.
For substantial areas, where your reaction could require medical help, call in the professionals from San Diego’s premier water damage restoration company, Certified Restoration.
For a small area, use a shop vac that can handle dry and wet messes. Shove the hose attachment deep into the carpet to get as much suction as possible. After vacuuming up as much water as possible with the shop vac, put down towels and walk on them (your weight will wick the water into the towels). Replace towels as they get saturated.
Use a portable heater and box fan next. Tip the box fan forward to blow hot air from the heater directly onto the wet area. Keep this duo running long after the surface of the carpet feels dry as the carpet pad beneath is still damp, and that water needs to evaporate, too.
For medium volume and area, do everything you did for Oops, above, but also:
- Consider renting a commercial water extractor or carpet cleaning machine
- Pull back the carpet to expose the pad
- Repeat the shop vac and towels procedure on the pad, after doing it on the carpet
- Use the heater and box fan on the pad, after doing it on the carpet
Consider installing one or more dehumidifiers to extract all the remaining trapped water by lowering the relative humidity for the room or area.
Why not call the Professionals?
When drying wet carpet, speed is essential to prevent dangerous molds from developing. If you smell mildew or see mold, you will probably need to replace both the carpet and pad.
For any wet carpet larger than those areas described above, contact Certified Restoration. We have the specialized tools to immediately extract up to 90 percent of the water from carpet and pad, and dehumidifiers to prevent black mold and mildew from growing. Contact Certified Restoration today.