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Is Cleaning Enough for Flooded Carpet

When faced with flood-damaged carpeting and rugs, your options will depend on the source of flooding. If floodwater consisted of clean basement seepage or lawn runoff into a sub-basement, drying and cleaning is an easy decision. But if sewage-contaminated floodwater has covered your carpeting, you should discard it for health safety reasons.

When flood damage leaves carpets soaked, a lot of homeowners feel that they have to completely replace the carpet or leave it out to dry. They often disregard the option of cleaning their water-soaked carpet.

Before you toss that dirty, mud-covered carpet away, consider to have it cleaned first. Never leave a soaked carpet to dry by itself as it can develop mold and mildew underneath, which can be a serious health hazard to your family. If the carpet is soaked by flood damage, appropriate action should be taken immediately. Never let a soaked carpet stay inside the house without taking appropriate actions. Mold and mildew growth can cause serious allergic reactions and respiratory disorders to residents.   If the flood damage is serious, get a cleaning company to assess the damage and determine if the carpet can be salvaged or should be replaced. Surely, it would cost you less money to have it cleaned and restored than to get a new one. Just leaving the soaked carpet to dry on its own should not be an option, as this promotes the growth of mold and mildew, which can cause serious respiratory problems.

If you are determined to salvage carpeting soaked with contaminated water, consult a professional cleaning company that services carpets at its own cleaning and drying facilities. A steam-cleaning (hot-water extraction) method is preferable.   Never assume that a flood damaged carpet cannot be salvaged and restored. In case of water damage, contact a professional cleaning company that specializes in water extractions as well as cleaning and restoration. Get an estimate from the cleaning company to assess the level of damage and see how much it would cost for their water extraction, cleaning, and restoration service. Most carpet cleaning companies offer discounts for cleaning more than one piece of carpeting, so make sure to ask for bulk discounts. All carpets damaged by flooding should be taken care of by a professional carpet cleaner. Make sure that immediate action is taken as soon as the damage is assessed by the cleaning company.

Carpet cleaning is done not just to extract water and clean the soaked carpet. Reliable cleaning companies can also do carpet restoration. Call a cleaning professional to assess the damage before disposing the carpet. In most cases, a cleaning company will perform effective water extraction and dry cleaning methods to restore the damage carpet to make it good as new.

Hire the service of a professional carpet cleaning company to handle the problem immediately. See our main page here for the job:  

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Graeme Stephens has been running the largest owned carpet cleaning company
in new Zealand for 24 years. IICRC qualified "master restoration technician"

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