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Question DetailsAsked on 5/27/2011

Put carpet back or completely replace it?

My carpet got wet (the floor is plywood, not concrete) due to water intrusion during the recent blizzards. One carpet guy told me it is OK to put the old carpet back. Another carpet guy said that he saw the glue coming off the carpet so therefore it needs to be replaced. I saw little bits of beige granular and powdery material on the padding and he said that was glue. He said that if he stretches and puts the carpet back into place, it will strain and tear due to the loss of glue. He also said that the mold stains on the backing of the carpet will seep upwards and stain the surface of the carpet. Is the second carpet guy correct?

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Hi philsvoice,

This is a great question and one that almost certainly would apply to others facing a similar situation, so we called around to some of the highly rated carpet cleaning companies on Angie’s List to get their take.

The general consensus is that if there is mold on the backing of the carpet, it should be replaced. Most newer synthetic fiber carpets have three main components: the face yarn, the primary backing and the secondary backing. The granular, powdery material you describe is likely the latex cement breaking down due to the moisture. It might be possible to reinstall it, however it will likely not be as strong as it was and it is very possible that the backings will delaminate or separate from each other, resulting in a “wrinkled towel” look.

Most likely you would need to replace the carpet.

I hope that helps answer your question.

Paul from Angie’s List

Answered 9 years ago by Paul from Angie's List


Answered 9 years ago by Paul from Angie's List

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