Yesterday’s rain here in Northern Virginia had people reaching for umbrellas and listening to flash flood alerts. For some, it also meant a wet carpet. While prevention is the best thing to do, sometimes things happen that are out of our control.
Wet Carpet – Determine the Cause
The first thing is to figure out why you have wet carpet and get that fixed to stop the carpet from getting any wetter. Is rain coming in a door? Is the water heater leaking? The source of the water will determine what you fix and if you need a repair person. If the water is contaminated, like sewage water, it is best to call a professional as soon as possible. Do not risk exposing yourself to contaminated water. Call your insurance company and get advice from them as well.
Wet Carpet – Pump it Out
Assuming this is clean water you should pump it out as soon as possible. Use a wet/dry vacuum. They are designed to be used on wet surfaces.
Wet Carpet – Pull it Up
Pull the wet carpet section up and lay it out on something plastic to keep it off the dry carpet. Cut and toss the wet carpet padding. Padding is like a sponge and rarely dries well. It is cheap and easy to replace.
Wet Carpet – Air Flow
Use the air conditioner and fans to keep air circulating and help keep humidity down. Use a dehumidifier to help lower the humidity. The lower the humidity, the quicker it will dry. Drying it quickly will help prevent mold and mildew from growing. Ventilate under the carpet with fans if possible.
Wet Carpet – Dry
Once dry, replace the carpet padding and place the carpet back down. You may need to get a professional to re-stretch the carpet and tack it back down.
Frieze is a style of carpet. The fiber strands are highly twisted and curl on themselves. It can be one solid color or have specks for color.
I have a paint spill!
This is the time of year when people like to paint. A lot of people relocate in the summer months and that means painting the current home and the new home. Whether the home owner is doing the painting or they have hired a professional, accidents still happen.
IICRC – What is it?
IICRC stands for Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. It is a non-profit organization that sets the standard for inspection, cleaning and restoration industries worldwide. It is in 25 countries over the world and seeks to promote an international standard of care.
Certified technicians are trained and must complete the curriculum courses and pass the standardized exams.
How long does it take carpets to dry?
Carpet drying times is one of the most commonly asked questions in the carpet cleaning industry. If you are having your carpets cleaned by hot water extraction there are several factors that will affect the drying time.
In this year, the carpet trend is toward textures and patterns. These are popular because they hid soil and vacuum patterns. Eco-Friendly is also a big carpet trend.
How do you decide if you should replace carpet in your home? There are several things to consider when trying to decide.
What Age to Replace Carpet
Most carpet and padding should last 10 years. This depends on various factors such as the quality of the carpet, the care of the carpet and the use of the carpet. Properly maintained quality carpet can last longer.
Carpets change as they age. Over time they will stretch and unravel. The cushioning will flatten.
Why Should You Vacuum
Vacuuming your carpet correctly is the first and easiest step to keeping your carpet clean and looking good. The carpet traps allergens and vacuuming will remove them, reduce the amount of allergens in the home.
Dirt is abrasive to carpet fibers and can grind into the carpet when people walk on it. This causes the fibers to wear down and shortens the life of your carpet. Regular vacuuming removes this abrasive substance and protects the carpet from wear.
Vacuuming also lifts the carpet piles and keep it looking new longer.
Rain, rain go away and take the mud with you. Most of us are in the mood for spring cleaning, but the weather is still fighting us here in Northern Virginia. Rain, rain, rain. We aren’t getting just a sprinkle here, but small rivers are running in our yards. Days like these create mud puddles and trails of mud being dragged into the home on shoes and boots.
Chewing Gum stuck in carpet? How can that happen? Someone stepped in gum and did not take their shoes off before entering the house, or maybe the children were doing an unofficial science project and forgot to tell you about it. However it happened, there it is. It just sits there mocking you, almost laughing at how it has decorated your lovely carpet. You do not have to put up with that. You can take care of that chewing gum with some items you probably have in the home.