How to dry wet carpet

How to dry wet carpet yourself quickly and safely: 5 easy tips

Water damage from storms is a huge problem for Australian homeowners. Yet, you would think that in the driest inhabited continent on Earth this wouldn’t be the case. However, Australia is also home to severe and sudden weather events. Thunderstorms, flash floods, and tornadoes can and do strike unexpectedly, leaving a trail of damage in their wake and potentially ruining your carpets. Not to mention life’s little accidents causing your carpets to become sodden and smelly. Water damage not only causes structural damage to your home, but it can also lead to the growth of mould and mildew which are hazardous to your health. One of the most common places water damage occurs is your carpet. If you have ever had a spill on your carpet, you know how difficult it can be to dry wet carpet quickly and safely.

What should you do when your carpets get wet?

The first thing to remember is not to panic! Getting upset and stressed will only make the situation worse. Take a deep breath and assess the damage. Is the carpet completely soaked through? Or are there just a few damp patches? While it may seem like the end of the world, wet carpets can be dried with the right tools and know-how.

Follow the simple steps we are about to outline for you and your carpets will be saved. More importantly, you will also prevent any other further water damage from occurring to your home.

The best way to dry wet carpet

The best way to dry your wet carpets is to create evaporation. Follow these steps to use evaporation to help save your carpets

Step one – remove all furniture from the carpet. This will allow you to access the affected area and remove the carpet, if needed (which we go over in a moment).

Step two – remove as much water as possible. Do this by using a wet vac. You may need to step it up and hire a wet pump out vacuum, depending on the size of the job. Do not rub or scrub the area as this will only spread the water and damage the carpet further.

Step three – choose either top drying or the “float-the-carpet” evaporation method.

Top drying a wet carpet works using a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers. You will need to rent these from your local hardware hire store. Place the air movers around the perimeter of the room pointing inwards towards the centre. This will create airflow that will help to dry the carpet from the outside in. In addition, place dehumidifiers around the room to help remove the moisture from the air. Just remember to empty the dehumidifiers regularly.

Depending on the severity of the water damage, your carpets should be dry within ten or so days. However, using this method cannot guarantee that your carpets will be completely dry, as the underlay and subflooring may still be wet.

Furthermore, it is not possible to tell if a previously wet carpet is now dry simply by touch alone. What the professionals in the business use is something called a hydrometer, or a moisture detection instrument, to accurately and definitively tell if all the water from underneath the carpet is gone.

Alternatively, you can use the “float-the-carpet” method which works to dry wet carpets in the following way:

  • Pull back the corner of the affected carpet about 30 cm.
  • Do not pull all of the carpet up, just enough to inspect and allow an air mover to do its job.
  • The “float-the-carpet” method gets its name from the fact that your wet carpet will now float on a bubble of air created by the air movers.
  • Your wet carpet should dry in 2 – 3 days.
  • Some carpet is not possible to float, such as direct bond carpet and carpet tiles. If you aren’t sure what type of carpet you have in your house it is always best to call in a professional carpet cleaning company who will be able to advise you further.

Final thoughts

While wet carpets can be a pain, they don’t have to be the end of the world. With a little time and effort, you can dry wet carpet quickly and safely. And if all else fails, there’s always professional help available. So, don’t stress, and take care of that water damage as soon as possible!

 

 

 

 

 

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