9 Wet carpet cleaning myths

Water has damaged carpets. There may be a toilet leak, perhaps the water heater broke out, maybe the kid left the tap in the sink for hours.

What to do when drying wet mats to minimize the carpet and bench? Firstly, there are some general information about the carpets that you need to know about all the myths.

General information about water and carpets

Pad. The pad can be anywhere 1/4 inches, almost one inch thick. The pillow provides cushioning and gives a comfortable, soft feel to the carpet when you are walking with it.

The commercial carpet in the office and in stores is generally not padded beneath it.

Like a sponge: The problem with pads under the carpet is that it's a sponge and it keeps its own weight in the water several times.

The pillow is designed to soften your feet so nature and sponge soak the water like a dishwashing sponge.

The carpet does not stop or holds a lot of water: It provides very little resistance to the passage of water.

The carpet is actually like a watertight. A typical carpet should not last more than a few ounces of water per square meter of carpet saturated. After these first few ounces of water entered the carpet, each additional water filter straight through the carpet and bench.

Water loves to travel: Water does not stay It's always moving. The novel you have to remember: "It goes wet". Water moves automatically to a dry building material.

Water in the middle of the room passes through the carpet and bench on the walls. The edge of the room wanders for minutes or hours, depending on how much water is flowing out.

If you touch the carpet on the edge of the room, you will not feel wet, but the pad may be saturated. This can be seen with an infrared camera. The infrared (or heatable) camera is capable of finding the true area that has damaged the water, even if you do not see or feel it.

I would normally say, The flood (with professional water damage meters) is about twice the size of the homeowner's meaning:

The infrared camera shows how water passes through the carpet. Even in the case of a "small" flood, the water can move through the walls and leave at 2 o'clock in 12 hours.

For the above information, here are some general myths about wet carpeting and moistening wet carpets

Myth 1. The carpet itself dries.

This is true, just as it is true that he could have won the lottery with one sheet.

Yes, the carpet itself dries. However, it will have a bad odor, or is it dry, dry? What other damage can the carpet dry in itself?

If you do not live in a place like Arizona or in a desert with high temperatures and low humidity, there is very little chance that the carpet and cushion will dry. Mold will begin to grow or bacteria They start to create a wet carpet with a wet odor. Typically, about 72 hours before dry evaporation of wet building materials.

Even if the carpet itself dries, does this mean that the pillow is dry? There is very little chance that the pillow should be dry. The pad holds more moisture than the carpet and prevents it from easily releasing the moisture of the carpet above and underneath it. So even if your carpet is dry, the pad is probably not dry.

Which leads to another point. What about wet flooring? Keep in mind that the carpet is like a sieve and the carpet passes water to the bench very quickly. A saturated pad then releases water into the socket

Drying bases

Basements are usually made of wood or concrete

Sockets sponges, except very slow sponges. The water absorbs the water surprisingly quickly, but it is released very slowly. So even when the carpet and bench are quickly dried, the concrete floor can even release the moisture even fiercely.

Wooden floor coverings also hold water. If they are made of chip walnut / chipboard / chipboard (small wooden barrels with glue) and wet for more than a few hours, they absorb water, expand and lose their structural integrity.

Wet chipboard has almost no strength and, if not You find yourself caught up through the stairs.

Plywood or OSB (Oriented Strand Board) One substrate, such as chipboard. If they are wet, they may dry out until they have been sitting for so long to bend. This is slowly falling under the 72 hour rule. Further concern is dry rot, a deterioration of bacteria, which takes 21 days to appear at lower humidity.

Determination of the moisture content of the substrate can only be performed with a reliable penetration moisture meter. Different building materials have moisture content with different humidity, so you can use the measuring tool to tell if the material is acceptable or dry.

The plywood size is approximately 20% Content (EMC). At least 4 days, the mold will grow on wet plywood if it does not dry properly.

So we know that the carpet and cushion probably will not dry out fast enough. But even if you did, is it what you need to worry about when your carpet is wet? No, it is not.

Like I said, WET goes to DRY. This means that water is constantly spreading from the source.

At a flooded carpet work, the carpet was first moistened about 12 hours before we arrived. At that time, the owner of the home used the water mist to absorb so much water from the wet carpet – approx. 100 gallons. He just wanted us to dry his carpets. However, with the infrared camera and the humidity gauges we found that its walls were damp, some in places almost 12 "on the carpet. 19459002

Wet plasterboard, is this the problem? Wet plasterboard problem is the usual 72-hour problem

In just 72 hours, mold begins to grow on the damp dry wall that particularly deserves dark, warm places. It is the perfect place to grow mold.

So this problem – wet mat creates wet plasterboard that It can become a mildew, below is a mural, after the water has been long

Summarized Yes, the carpet eventually dries itself but is more likely to be dried and smells and then stretches the walls and Carpet to solve the problem

Myth 2: wet pad underneath the rug

There is a myth to avoid water from the wet bench, even with commercial extraction equipment. Those who say this are talking about the usual carpet cleaning wand. This is usually used to clean carpets. He sprays hot water on the carpet and sucks again.

The wand is designed to remove water from the carpet, not the pillow, and it does a good job. So, if there is water leak on the commercial carpet without the bench, the wand is a good tool for use

However, they do not even get any water from the floor mat with carpeted carpet mats

So how do you get water from the bench, So you do not have to remove and throw the bench?

There are several new commercial extraction tools that remove water from the bench. Our favorite is FlashXtractor. This is a wonderful device, probably my favorite device. (We are not tied to the maker of the device and are not compensated for mentioning it)

FlashXtractor emit a carpet with water that the wand is cut to death!

Before tools such as FlashXtractor came out, there was a technique "floating in rugs", which was designed for drying carpets and pillows, as the wand did a bad job of removing water.

Carpet, pulls one corner of the carpet, and underneath the carpet blows an airlift or carpet to blow air under the carpet and the bench. Although this method still works, it is slower, less effective, and often extends the carpet so it does not fit properly when restored.

Floating the rug is an old school technique, which is unnecessary if you have the Tools, such as a deep extraction tool such as FlashXtractor.

To keep things in mind, keep this in mind. While you moisten the wet bench, it does not always mean you need it.

If contaminated water can be dried on the bench, at least the dirt must be left on the bench and over time, It starts to moan and rotten. You must remove the pillow in contaminated waterways because it can not be effectively disinfected while under the carpet. In the water purification industry, polluted water is called Category 2 (Gray Water) or Category 3 (Black Water).

Myth 3. It is not possible to dry a wet bench under the carpet

Truth for this myth is the same as above. You can dry a basically wet pillow, even if you cover this carpet, but that does not mean that you always have to. See the above answer for details.

Myth 4. Raise the carpet and "swim" with the nozzles

The above question is answered in answer to question 2 above. In summary, you do not have to float the carpet if you have a deep-extracting device and you could use it.

Myth 5.

If you have a black water position (category 3 is water contaminated with water, such as waste water, toilet leakage, or rising groundwater), the IICRC S500 must dump the carpet according to industry standard. I think this is because there is no EPA-registered disinfectant mat.

However, if Category 2 water (gray water, such as washing machine sewage, shower drain, etc.), but clean the carpet and keep it.

Category 1 water (pure water – toilet supplies, fridge, etc.) And it does not sit for more than 48 hours, it draws water and retains carpet and bench. For another reason, water damage restorers sometimes think that they need to throw the wet carpet because the back of the carpet is drying out. The back is the lattice strap on the back of the carpet, which holds the carpet fibers together. It's glued. If it is wet and wet for a long time, it can be separated from the carpet fibers and begin to disintegrate.

How long does it take for a long time? It is hard to predict – it depends on how rugged, temperature, how wet, and so on. In general, when a black water position is formed when laminating the carpet, the carpet must go away

6th myth. Professional carpet cleaning removes the carpet and bench

No. No, except when using a deep extraction tool specifically designed to remove water. The regular carpet cleaner does not remove the larger amount of sponge pads.

Myth 7. In order to remove odor of wet mat it is advisable to clean it properly.

Yes, a "mostly" is assigned. Carpet cleaners and methods available to most homeowners are not very effective. Compared to commercial carpet cleaners, carpet cleaning machines leased in the local supermarket are like a moped for a Harley. The same things, but not really.

Except for easy smelling on the carpet, large commercial pressure is required. It also requires the expertise of a skilled and experienced carpet cleaner. There are many reasons and solutions to the different moods of the carpet and to know what to do and when we need training and experience.

If baking soda and vacuuming do not work, it's best to have a trained and experienced carpet cleaner, preferably IICRC qualified odor control specialist.

Myth 8. If you are dry on a flooded carpet, you do not get a mild wet carpet smell

It depends. If the carpet is dried quickly and properly, there will be no smell. In fact, if anything, it will smell less because the carpet has actually been cleaned.

If the carpet and the pad did not dry quickly and properly, there is probably a problem with prolonged dirty scents and mold

See Details of myth 2.

Myth 9. Use the carpet cleaner carpet cleaner carpet cleaner.

False. This is a controversial debate that I think will never be completely resolved. The advantage of portable carpet cleaning machines is that the short hoses run while the forklifts benefit from high performance.

What is stalling is actually a wand technician. A good machine hits a bad machine better than a bad mechanic on a good machine.

If more than a few gallons Water on the carpet is watered, it's better if you call a professional water treatment company to properly dampen your home if you allow yourself or If you are insured. As you leaned above, the problem is that if the carpets and walls are not drenched quickly, you can look at moldiness, which is much more expensive than drying carpets.

Source by Paul W Drayton

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