Carpet Cleaning After Water Damage

One of the annoying problems of flooding and water damage is dealing with a wet carpet. It can be such a hassle, however, it is something that needs to be attended to immediately or else it could result in dire consequences, specifically to those living in the house – you and your family. Here’s a guide for carpet cleaning after water damage. 

Content Table:

  1. Wet Carpet Problems
  2. Water-damaged Carpet Cleaning Steps

Let’s get into it!

carpet cleaning after water damage

Wet Carpet Problems

After a flooding disaster, carpets and floorings that have been left damp for days could result in the growth of molds and formation of mold colonies, which can cause respiratory problems.

Moreover, it could also result in you having to throw away your carpet and get it replaced which would mean additional expenses. For these reasons, it is necessary to save your carpet which, in turn, can keep your loved ones safe and save you money.

Water-damaged Carpet Cleaning Steps

The good news is that even though it may initially seem like a daunting task, preserving your carpet after a flooding or water damage disaster is not that difficult to do. Here are 4 steps to take in order to protect your carpet from further damage and ensure that you will still be able to use it later on. 

1. Safety Precautions

Firstly, you need to make sure that you follow safety precautions. You need to have safety paraphernalia including hand gloves and face masks. Wearing these will keep you from exposing yourself to germs, viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

2. Assess the Damage

Secondly, assess the damage. How wet is the carpet? If it is completely soaked up, you may need the help of a restoration service provider to dry it out. There may even be times when the carpet can really no longer be salvaged due to the presence of molds on it. However, for partly wet carpets, you can simply take it out to dry under the sun, or use a vacuum cleaner and electric fan to dry it.

3. Start the Drying Process

Thirdly, after the assessment, you can then proceed with the drying process. Again, for carpets that need extensive cleaning and drying, the best option is to hire professional services.

For drying that you can do on your own, make sure that you cover every inch and corner of the carpet. Use vacuum cleaners, fans, and dehumidifiers. As another safety precaution, check the electrical outlet first to find out if it is dry and has not been affected by the flood. You may need to take the carpet out for sunlight exposure if all outlets are wet or if the carpet is too wet for the vacuum cleaner to dry.

4. Cleanup

Lastly, deodorize and clean the carpet. Check for any traces of dampness and mold growth and use the carpet only if none are present. If necessary, repeat the cleaning process again just to ascertain that it will not pose any health problems to anyone in the house down the line. 


While we can’t provide you with carpet cleaning services, we can perform all of the necessary water mitigation after water damage. Sparkling City Water Damage Restoration is the go-to company for water mitigation in the area.

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