Drying Wet Carpet after Water Damage
At AllAces Cleaning & Restoration it is important to us that our technicians understand how all carpets are made and constructed. This allows them to understand how the drying of wet carpet should be done.
Our technicians are qualified through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) enabling them to identify whether the carpet is wool, nylon, polypropylene, acrylics etc. and whether the carpet is woven or tufted as well as whether the secondary backing is natural or synthetic.
The good news is that most wet carpet can be saved, some of the things that we look for to determine this are:
- How long the carpet has been wet.
- What category of water it is – Clean (water from a pipe), Grey (Washing machine dump pipe of busted fish tank), Black (sewage or flood water).
- Is the backing de-laminated?
- Does the carpet have permanent stains from the water, e.g., wood, grain, dye stains?
- Is there mould growth?
Process for Drying Wet Carpet
- The first step of drying wet carpet is to fully extract any standing water. The equipment that we use also pulls any water from the underlay.
- We then set up high speed air mover and dehumidifiers to pull the moisture from the air.
- After the area is dry, if the area needs to be relayed, this is done.
- We then use our Professional Deluxe Steam Cleaning Process to clean the carpet.
- We then treat the carpets with a grey water antimicrobial, antibacterial treatment if required – this can also be misted under the carpet by our professional mister.
There are two main ways to dry wet carpet:
- In Situ – If the whole area of the carpet is wet, in situ is the best method for most situations. After extraction, fans and dehumidifiers are put in, fan forced air is blown across the carpet, pushing the moisture into the air. Dehumidifiers then pull out the moisture and pump it into a drain.
- Tenting Carpet – Tenting means that the carpet is lifted so that air can be pumped under the carpet. However, this could create problems with stretching of the carpet and damage to the underlay. So, this is mainly a great method for small areas. For example, ¼ or ½ rooms or 2 square meters.
Our technicians are highly skilled and qualified and are not just limited to drying you wet carpet. Other problems that out technicians can solve include:
- Rust stains
- Water extraction
- Some wood grain stain removals
- Water stain removal
- Carpet cleaning
- Odour removal
- Re-stretching and relaying carpet
If your carpets are in dire need of some help, look no further. Call AllAces Cleaning & Restoration on 1800 00 1010 to talk to one of our friendly staff.