Choices for cleaning wet carpets & water damaged carpets can be exercised only after a professional has examined the extent of damage that floods have caused in your carpet.
Flood damage can vary from a little basement seepage or lawn runoff in half-basement apartments, to total submersion in sewage-contaminated flood water which has been lasting for days or worse still several weeks. If the latter is the case, it is quite possible that the carpet may have to be discarded.
However some people feel that that it is worth taking a chance by
first cleaning it before discarding it, which is also an option people
like to choose and in such a here are some things you can do. Following
are some tips for cleaning flood-damaged carpet, and it is recommended
that one is wearing rubber gloves when handling sewage-contaminated
carpet to play safe.
Get wet carpet off the floor 1.
If it's not glued down, roll up the carpet and take it outside to
a driveway, patio, or garage floor. Be careful not to puncture your
skin with carpet tacks or staples if you must pull up wall-to-wall
carpet. Skin wounds put you at greater risk of infectious disease.
2. If the carpet is too heavy to move, lift it off the floor and
prop it up on saw-horses, old chairs, or other supports to drain. It may
be light enough to move outside after it drains. Don't let your caret
dry this way if you want to save it, or it will be stretched out of
shape and won't be flat when dry. 3. Remove the spongy pad
underneath. It will hold water and begin to stink. Carpet padding is
cheaper to replace than carpet; it probably is not salvageable. 4.
Try cleaning a glued-down carpet in place before you attempt to
pull it up, because the foam backing probably will be pulled apart (see
the clean-it-yourself in place steps later in this list). Use a
wet-and-dry vacuum to extract water. 5. After you have taken
up the carpet and pad, then clean the floors with detergent solution and
bleach before dealing with the carpet, so you can minimize odor and
mildew in the house.
Clean the carpet professionally 1.
Consult a professional cleaner, describing your damage. They can
advise you if your carpet is worth saving. If so, they may be able to
come to your home and pick up your carpet at no extra charge. 2. Otherwise, you can take it to them. Professional carpet cleaners charge by the square foot or the hour. Get a cost estimate before you order the service.
3. A steam cleaning (hot-water extraction) method is preferred.
Professional cleaners will apply chemicals to help sanitize the carpet.
They will return it to you dry, but your home must be ready for it. 4. Leave the carpet at the cleaners while you deal with other flood damage.
Clean-it-yourself outside the house
You can rent a steam carpet cleaning machine and buy the appropriate shampoo to use in cleaning. If a machine is not available, you can take the following steps.
1. Take the carpet outside to lay flat on a dry concrete area,
such as a driveway, patio, or garage floor, preferably in full sun. A
sloping driveway would be the best choice. 2. Use a garden
hose with a strong spray nozzle. Start at one end and "sweep" the carpet
with water. Do this once. Turn it over and hose the back side. Then
"sweep" the face with water again. 3. Pour on an all-purpose
liquid ammonia or pine-based cleaner and let it soak a few minutes. (Do
not use full-strength ammonia.) Check ingredient labels on brand name
products. Your carpet may change color or fade after contact with these
cleaners. 4. "Sweep" the carpet again, forcing the cleaning foam and dirt ahead of you.
5. Rinse thoroughly until all of the cleaning foam has been
removed. You MUST rinse before any bleaching to remove stains to avoid
producing toxic fumes that result when bleach and ammonia are mixed. 6. After the cleaner is rinsed out completely, use a wet-and-dry vacuum to get water out of the carpet 7. Dry the carpet as quickly as possible (see steps below) to help avoid mildew.
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