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How to dry a wet carpet

posted 4 Feb 2016, 13:30 by Cleaning Spotless4Less   [ updated 29 Feb 2016, 00:25 ]
   
    Whether your house has been flooded, a pipe burst or your carpet cleaner has left the carpets soaking wet there are a few steps one should take to get the carpets dry as soon as possible.
    First of all you need to check if there is water in the padding under the carpet. Carefully lift up a carpet corner and see if its damp. If that's the case you should use an air blower / air mover / snail carpet drier to blow air under the carpet or if that is not available call a specialist.
   If the water has not gone through into the backing it's good news ! There are many ways of getting the carpets dry faster.
    First of all remove any excess water by using a wet and dry vacuum cleaner. Extract as much moisture as possible  (do not use a normal dry vacuum cleaner on a wet surface as it will damage the hoover).
    Secondly, use an air blower if you have one. If you don't have one, you can use a domestic cooling fan pointed at the carpet, a ceiling fan or anything else that would help air circulation in the room.
    Open all windows to create draft and set the temperature high in the room.
    Use a dehumidifier, this will also help to extract moisture.
    If the carpet remains wet for too long there is a risk it will shrink, turn brown, buckle, or the worst case scenario -  mould and mildew appearance.
    If still unsure or unable to deal with a wet carpet, the best thing to do is to call a professional carpet cleaner, they will know exactly how to save your carpet as every carpet cleaning technician uses (or should use) a powerful air mover to get any carpet dry quickly.
    We use the latest model of downforce whole room drier which can get a wet carpet dry in as little as 15 minutes !