It rained. Hard and heavy. Constant and continuous. Before you even know it, your house was flooded! Now what you needed to do first is to keep yourself and your family safe. Early in the morning, you woke up with the sun smiling before you. Hoping that it would be a great new day, you went downstairs and saw that everything is a mess, including your newly installed, well- loved carpet and carpet pads! What are you going to do? Would it still be a bright new day! Surely, we will find ways and solutions to make it one!
Carpet pads are your carpets own lifeline. It adds resilience, durability and thickness to it! But rainwater, flood, and even toilet sewage can damage it in greater extent. Worse, it can contaminate the material, making it harmful to you as well. There are lots of things to consider when cleaning up the carpet and the pads. Sewage contamination can never be revived; it needs to be thrown away as it may lead to health problems such as gastrointestinal diseases and skin irritation. You must also think how long the carpet has been flooded too. More than 24 hours of moisture exposure must alert you to discard it, because of its germ content. If you’re case involves a minor sewage, flood contamination or even clean water soaking, then you can try these steps.
Clean your carpet and pat immediately. Prepare the things that you will need: rubber gloves, wet vacuum, disinfectant carpet cleaner, old towels, broom, fan, dehumidifier, large plastic sheets and a hose. Further assess the damage. If it is a major sewer leak, it may not be possible to restore it. If it can still be remedied, put on thick rubber gloves, wear protective footwear and googles. Are you ready? Let the cleaning begin!
If it’s not glued down, take the carpet outside the driveway or patio by rolling it up. Be careful not to puncture your skin or you might be at risk for infection. Lay it flat on a dry, cemented area. With the hose, spray with a strong nozzle from one end to another in a ‘sweep-like’ motion, Pour some liquid ammonia or pine- based cleaner. Soak it for at least 5 minutes. Then, rinse thoroughly until all of the cleaning solution is eliminated.
Mix a solution containing 2 tablespoon of bleach for 1 gallon of water. Test it to a small portion of the carpet and see if it changes its color. If it doesn’t, sponge the entire solution onto the carpet and let it soak for 5 minutes. Rinse it off properly. Bleaching shall remove odors and avoid growth of mold on the carpet.
Remove water with a vacuum. Allow it to get exposed under the sun and make sure both sides are dry before you take it back inside. To prevent mildrew, clean your floor before placing it back. Run a dehumidifier, air conditioner or fans to remove moisture. If the situation is worse, better consult professional cleaners!
What a long day you’ve got! But it was one of the nicest of all- you’ve got to clean your house, save your carpet and secured yourself and family! This is what happens when your carpet pads meet their worst enemies!