Are you dealing with some water inside your home? Severe storms in the area may have caused slight flooding to occur. If your carpeted floor is now soaked with water, you may not know what to do. Instead of panicking, stay calm and consider following the simple tips below to get rid of the water and ultimately restore those carpets back to their original condition.
Extract the Water on Your Own or With Professional Help
Before you can focus solely on the carpet, it is important to get rid of the water. If it continues to sit for too long on your carpeted floor, it can cause severe damage, and it may even ruin some of your belongings. If you are not dealing with too much water, you may be able to remove it on your own by using a wet/dry vacuum.
If you are dealing with an inch or more of water, it may be best to hire restoration professionals like Flood Damage Restoration. They can use high-quality flood extractor equipment to carefully and quickly remove gallons of water at a time, ultimately making the restoration process easier for you.
Shampoo the Carpet to Remove Stains and Odors
Once you have managed to get rid of the excess water from the property, it is a good time to shampoo the floor using a steam cleaner with a homemade carpet shampoo. Instead of using a product that may only clean the surface, you can create your own shampoo that will help to remove the musky odor left from the excess water while lifting stains. You can create your own carpet shampoo using the following ingredients:
- ½ cup dish detergent
- ½ cup fabric softener (your favorite brand/scent)
- ½ cup white vinegar
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon table salt
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
After you have combined these ingredients together in a bowl or container, pour the blend into the shampoo container attached to your steam cleaner and begin vacuuming. The ingredients work well together to quickly lift the dirt and stains while the added fabric softener will leave the floors fresh and soft instead of rough and matted because of the water damage.
As soon as you finish the shampooing process, the floors may still feel a bit damp. However, you can speed up the drying process by putting fans on high in each room. If you plan to stay home, you may even want to consider leaving the windows open to allow fresh air to get inside.
Nobody wants to come home to find water all over their carpeted floor. However, these kinds of accidents can happen due to weather-related events or plumbing-related events. Regardless of how it may have happened, there is a solution. It is important to start by extracting the water and then focusing on restoring the carpet.