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Question DetailsAsked on 8/18/2014

should carpet be removed when wet or just cleaned

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If caught in a day or two before it starts to mold, then with most carpet on a concrete or hard-surface floor, just a carpet cleaning with thorough vacuum dewatering and followup drying will work IF the water was clean - not sewage.


If sewage, or the underlying subfloor got fully saturated too, then commonly (though not always) ditto plus several days of serious water damage airflow and fans - not just box fans, but serious several thousand CFM fans exhausting through ducts directly outside, will avoid molding - but sometimes the subfloor soaked up enough water it does not dry fast enough, especially with the yellow or green foam padding or any padding with vapor barrier incorporated in it (solid plastic covering), in which case I recommend removal. If caught in time sometimes the carpet can be laid out on the driveway and cleaned, sometimes it cannot be saved.


If mold/mildew smell has set in more than a touch (in which true steam cleaning and vacuum water extraction might work), I recommend pulling it all out and tossing it.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD




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