Wet Carpet Drying Techniques You Should Know!

Person drying carpet

Carpets deliver a unique set of benefits other floorings simply cannot beat. Because of its material and range, the visual aesthetics of interior rooms rise significantly – giving both visitors and homeowners a comfortable area to place their soles on. They are known to insulate the surrounding area and add a touch of sophistication, elegance, or featherlike softness, depending on the use, making it a versatile and often used choice of flooring material; but although carpets too have all these benefits, they still cannot defend themselves from damage – especially if the culprit has a liquid base.

When carpets retain a lot of water, due to flooding or spills, the fluid slowly destroys its material. When this happens, its backing begins to loosen, but that’s just the beginning of its problems. If the situation was not immediately taken care of, overtime it will become a preferred habitat for tiny insects or even mold – exposing you and your family to numerous illnesses and diseases. The best and fastest way to resolve these moisture problems is by drying your carpets. Thankfully, if the damage is not too severe, you can consult home and do-it-yourself methods, which are all quite simple and easy to do.

Steps to Drying Your Carpets

Step 1: Consider the amount of damage

If the volume of water you are dealing with is small, then it will be easier to dry your carpets. In this type of situation, spreading towels over the wet area and walking up and down on it until it is completely dry could work. You can also use a vacuum that is made to soak up water to suck the drenched area or use a dryer to quicken the drying process, but if the situation is bad and needs a better method, then move on to step two.

Step 2: Remove the furniture

The water can damage the furniture, and at the same time, the weight of the item destroys the carpet. Lift your furniture off of your flooring to not only save them from acquiring more damage, but also, giving you enough space to properly dry your carpet.

Step 3: Remove excess liquid

To make the job faster, remove the extra liquid by renting or using a vacuum capable of removing water. You may also rent a hot water extraction system, which can be found in almost all carpet cleaning companies.

Step 4: Check the amount of water

Sometimes, the carpet’s surface is still soaked in water. Without removing this excess, it will be a challenge to completely dry your flooring. Remove the liquid by walking across your carpets, and if you feel like it is still drenched, go back to step 3.

Step 5: Raise the carpet and then blow air between the carpet and padding

Your wall-to-wall carpets can be separated from the floor with a pair of pliers. Once it is raised, fold the carpet over and dry the portion between the floor and the flooring with a dehumidifier.

Last Resort: Call in the professionals

If your carpets are still drenched after following these simple steps, then it is about time that you call in the professionals to do the job. They are well-equipped and trained to face these situations, and even though they might cost you a little, they are still the best solution, if you want the job done perfectly.

Here, at Fine Floors by Ed White, we understand the importance of having high quality flooring covering every square inch of your home. If your carpets need to be replaced due to water damage, then let us help you find new carpet to match your property. Need another type of flooring? No problem! In our company, we provide different types of material which include: wood, tile, laminate flooring, and a whole lot more. Give us a call at: 888-802-6371 or visit our contact Fine Floors by Ed White page for more information on our products. We service properties located in Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas.