Cleaning your carpet can be a long and sometimes stressful task, and more often than you’d expect does the simple act of Sutherland Shire Carpet Cleaners leave the owner with more problems than he bargained for. One of the main mistakes people make when cleaning their carpet is using too much water, which can damage the flooring if it isn’t dealt with correctly. A lot of the time, however, water damaged carpets are a result of random accidents; such as spilling a liter of water at lunch time, or even events such as unexpected flooding/leaks. There are many ways to deal with a water damaged carpet, and many ways not to. I’ll try to guide you through some of them:

What You Shouldn’t Be Doing

First thing’s first, Do Not Use A Household Vacuum Cleaner.  A lot of people try this, and it is a sure-fire way to break your vacuum and potentially harm yourself in the process. Most vacuum cleaners are not built to intake and hold water, you will end up with a long day of regret and there is a small chance the dangerous mix of water and an electric appliance could cause sparks and would be a definite fire hazard.

You Should Never Assume The Carpet Will Dry Out If Left Alone:

I know you probably think this is obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many people think this way. Leaving it to dry by itself will most likely give the water enough time to soak through to the underlay beneath the carpet, causing more damage than it would have done if you had attended to it with more comprehensive knowledge of carpet cleaning.

Another fire hazard you may fall into creating would be to use heaters to dry it out. Although it may seem like a great idea, leaving a heating appliance close to your soaked carpet can result in a fire, and most likely will permanently damage the carpet by making it contort due to the abnormal temperature.

What You Should Be Doing

  • First, stop the flow of the water. You cannot begin cheap carpet cleaning and drying if the source of the leak is still active. Make sure there is no chance of it getting soaked again before you start the drying process.
  • A cheat to skipping all these steps would be to hire a professional well-versed in carpet cleaning and drying. If you cannot, proceed to the next step.
  • Using fans, as strong and as large as you can, is a clever idea. Experts would suggest leaving them on for anything up to 24 hours, leaving them on for longer is not uncommon depending on the size of the water spread.

One major thing you’re going to want to do is to keep on top of the hygiene levels of the affected area. Wet carpets are prone to melding, which can leave you with a bill for a new carpet if you are not careful.