How To Treat Water Damaged Carpeting

Water damage can be extremely destructive to your home and belongings. Not only can it cause structural damage and staining, but it can also contribute to mold and mildew growth, which is a serious safety concern that can aggravate respiratory conditions and cause you and your family to fall ill. Water damage is necessarily more damaging to softer surfaces and materials like carpeting, since those fabrics will absorb and hold on to water. Understanding the best way to treat water damaged carpeting can help you minimize such damage after it occurs and prevent astronomical replacement or restoration bills down the line.

Clear the Room

Once the source of the water damage has been identified and stopped, the first thing that you should do is to take stock of the extent of the damage and determine the best course of action. Start by clearing out the room to expose as much of the affected carpeting as possible. Move furniture and other belongings to an area where they will be safe from further water damage and can be examined and treated separately later.

Water Removal

The next step is to remove as much water from the carpeting and the surrounding area as possible. This means making use of a shop vacuum or another type of vacuum or water removal device that is capable of sucking up standing water and moisture that your carpet may still be holding onto.

Dry it Out

Either after you have removed as much water as possible or as you continue to vacuum, you should put systems in place that are designed to reduce the ambient amount of moisture and humidity in the area surrounding your damp carpeting. Portable dehumidifiers will suck moisture straight out of the air, but you should also open windows (as long as it is dry outside) and run fans to allow air circulation—and, by extension, evaporation—to occur.


Next, you should make use of cleaning chemicals to reduce the risk of mold growth in your carpeting and in the areas around it. Wipes and mixtures of half bleach and half water will work for baseboards, flooring, and other hard surfaces, but you'll want to minimize moisture when working with carpeting. Instead, you may want to make use of dry carpet cleaning. Steam cleaning can be effective, but it requires you to dry the carpet out extensively afterwards. If in doubt, talk to a dry cleaner or another professional cleaning company about completing the carpet cleaning for you for best results.

If you need any help taking care of water damage, contact a company such as Personal Touch Services for professional assistance.