After a flood occurs, you generally have 24 hours to completely dry your textiles and carpets before things start to mold. After this period, if mold does form on the surface of your carpet, it will have to be thrown out.
What treatment you apply to a carpet after a flood occurs depends on the degree of flooding and seepage that has occurred. Many people make the mistake of pouring a detergent with mold-cleaning abilities onto the wet carpet. Do not be that person! The carpet is already moist and adding a heavy detergent to it will only add to the carpet’s dampness and further encourage the spread of mold. Certain type of detergents could also prove harmful to the structural integrity of the carpet fibres.
Implement the following guidelines in order to clean and dry your wet carpet properly:
– Bring in fans and a couple of dehumidifiers and run them overnight to dry things out.
– Use a wet/dry vacuum cleaner to remove as much liquid as possible.
– If possible, dry the carpet in sunlight.
– Generally, if most carpeting is saturated it is beyond saving. However, if only a part of the carpet is wet, you can try lifting it and setting it on short stools or bricks to allow air circulated by fans and dehumidifiers to reach wet areas.
Meanwhile, make sure you hire a professional flood damage service like First Call 24/7 to address the cause of the flooding and enact the necessary structural maintenance procedures that will prevent it from happening again. 1-866-577-4468