Wet carpet is a big concern because it takes a long time to dry out, and when it's damp, it's an ideal environment for mold growth. In fact, you may think your carpet is fine, but the pad underneath it can still be damp and growing mold. So, when you have a wet carpet, you need to take quick action to get it dried out as soon as possible. Here are some tips that may help.
Decide If You Need A Professional
The first thing you should do is decide if you can tackle the clean up process by yourself. If you have a lot of water damage that will take you a long time to clean up, you may be better off calling in a restoration professional to bring in a crew and commercial equipment to get the job done quickly. If you plan to dry out the carpet yourself, be prepared to rent a floor dryer or industrial fan. You may also need to rent or buy a wet vac or carpet shampoo machine to extract the water from your carpet.
Remove Furniture From Carpet
Start by removing all the furniture from the room. You want to do this so the upholstery on your couch and chairs doesn't wick up water from the carpet and get wet. Also, your carpet will dry quicker if there is nothing resting on top of it. In addition, you should avoid walking on the carpet while it is wet to keep from matting it down.
Check The Carpet Pad
The carpet will dry out much faster than the carpet pad. You can judge the degree of water damage by lifting up the carpet and checking the pad underneath. If the pad is soaked and the floor is wet beneath it, you'll probably have to remove the carpet and tear out the carpet pad. You can then thoroughly dry out the floor with a rented floor dryer, and once it's dry, you can install new padding and replace the carpet.
Dry The Carpet
If you need to pull up your carpet to replace the pad, you should spread it out flat to let it dry. If you leave it rolled up, it will stay damp and mold can grow on it. Also, if your carpet is not glued down and is easy to roll up, you may want to roll it up and carry it outside to dry whether you have to replace the pad or not. It should dry quickly in the sun, but be careful not to leave it in the sun longer than necessary or it may fade. If the water spill is small, you may be able to dry the carpet using a wet vac or carpet shampooer. Pull as much water out as possible, and then position strong fans on the carpet to finish drying it out. You may also want to run a dehumidifier in the room for several days to remove as much humidity and moisture as you can.
While it's possible to clean up a water damaged carpet yourself, the job may be too much for you if there is a lot of water damage. For instance, wet carpet is extremely heavy, and you may not be able to roll it and move it outdoors unless you have equipment and a crew to help. The most important thing is to get your floor dry quickly before mold takes over and complicates the restoration process. If your carpet is old anyway, the easiest solution may be to pull it and the pad up and replace it with new carpeting once the floor is fully dry.