Stop That Flooded Carpet in Its Tracks
Cleaning up a flooded carpet can be a real pain. It’s not hard to do, but it does require some elbow grease and time. The first thing you need to do is make sure the area is clean of anything that could taint any future cleaning efforts (shoes, clothes, etc.). You’ll also want to make sure the flood has actually stopped flowing before you start trying to clean things up. Once the water has stopped coming in, remove as much liquid as possible from your carpet with a wet/dry vacuum cleaner or by blotting it with towels or rags.
Next step: disinfect! You have to thoroughly disinfect the area of any potential bacteria or mold. You’ll also want to use a deodorizer/air freshener, as flooding can produce an unpleasant odor. Finally, you’re going to need some professional help when replacing your carpet if it’s been flooded beyond repair.
The next step is trying to determine where the water came from and what caused this issue in order for preventive measures. It may be necessary for someone else with more experience at this kind of thing than yourself come take care of all that so you don’t end up having another flood because you were too busy doing laundry.
It is important to have everything dry and disinfected before you start to repair the carpet. That way you will prevent any mold or mildew from forming in the carpet fibers.
When you are done with everything, it is important to install any moisture and flood detectors that may have been damaged by water. These can typically be found at your local hardware store.
Finally, if you don’t want to do this yourself then contact a professional who will handle all the work for you! It’s likely that they’ll take care of everything so it never happens again.