If your home has gone through a flood, a leaky roof, or a heavy period of rain and snow, it’s possible that your home is dealing with water damage. Even a small amount of mold or mildew growth due to excess moisture in your home can create a health hazard, as well as increasing the chance of wood rot and unclean air in your home environment. Floods and other natural disasters can render your home more vulnerable than ever to negative elements, and your carpet is no exception. Even if you’ve recently had your basement carpet treated by Absolute Carpet Care, it’s important to know what steps to take to keep your rug as dry as possible.
Keep It Aired Out
One thing is for certain: After a storm and a potential flood, your home needs plenty of air circulating around. Even if the outside atmosphere is damp, you need to be able to air-dry your belongings to the best of your ability to prevent mold growth. Your rug is no exception. If you can physically remove your rug from the home, you should do so immediately, placing it outside where it can easily and quickly air dry. The more quickly your rug dries, the better. This will ensure that any mold growth is stopped in its tracks.
Make Sure It’s Completely Dry
The biggest mistake most homeowners can make after water damage is to assume that because they can’t see the moisture, it’s no longer there. Never make assumptions about where your moisture is hiding or what it’s capable of. As with a stain or spill, it’s important to soak up the liquid to leave the area as dry as possible. In a larger disaster like a flood or a ceiling leak, this will harder to do. Still, it’s important that you try to remove all the moisture you can by using towels, cloths, and other machine-washable objects to soak up any excess liquid.
Don’t Treat With Heavy, Sticky Cleaning Products
After a flood or leak, water won’t be the only problem you have to contend with. You’ll also have to deal with a fair share of dirt, grime, and debris. If your rug has been damaged by the elements and now looks filthy, you’ll be tempted to clean it aggressively with product and hose it down with clean water. However, this is not the solution. Remember, you need your rug to be as dry as possible. Bacteria, mold, and mildew don’t care how clean your water is. The best thing to do is try to spot treat as much as you can, using a minimum of cleaning product.
Keep It as Clean as Possible
Water may be the enemy after a flood, but cleanliness is also important when it comes to protecting your rug, and your home, from any further damage. Even though it’s important not to use a ton of cleaning products and chemicals, you also want to make sure that your rug is sufficiently clean after a flood or leak. Having a ton of dirt and dust inside your rug’s fibers can be just as bad as, and can sometimes lead to, mold growth. Remember to vacuum consistently and keep your rug free of foot traffic for a time while it’s fully drying.