The key to successfully drying small areas of carpet is in the carpet pad.
Wet carpets are not only smelly, but they put your home at risk for mold growth. What many people don’t realize is that under the carpet is a carpet pad, which acts like sponge, holding all of that water in. It is important when drying out your carpet that you are thorough and dry the carpet and the carpet pad completely. We have compiled some tips & techniques for drying out smaller wet areas, which are common during the winter tips with boots, shoes, and paws tracking in snow and muddy wetness to collect on your carpets.
There are many professional tools and attachments for carpet drying. The one we use to dry out carpets carpet pads is called the ‘water claw’ (as seen in video at 4:40). It uses a combination of pressure and suction to pull the water out of your carpet. The water claw is a heavy tool that is attached to a vacuum. You move the tool slowly around the wet area, stepping on the tool to apply pressure which pushes water out and moves the vacuum suction closer to the carpet pad, blotting out one small area at a time. Professionals use this tool and cover the areas may times to assure that the carpet is dry.
If you have a very small area to dry, you can try it yourself using a similar combination of pressure & suction. The best household tool for water removal and drying is a wet-vac. They provide strong suction which will get the water of your carpet. Most wet-vacs come with a variety of attachments. If you are drying a concrete or vinyl surface we recommend the squeegee shaped attachment to remove water.
Though some of the attachments may help to dry the carpet on the surface, none of these attachments will help you get through to dry out the carpet pad.
The best way to dry the carpet with your vacuum is to apply the end of the hose directly to the carpet and apply pressure for a moment, and then release and repeat, moving around the area. This technique only works for a small area. It requires you to go over the area over and over, and take your time to be thorough.
If you are not sufficiently thorough with removing the water from your carpet and carpet pad, you carpet will start to smell, and often grow mold. As the mold spreads, this exposes your family to potentially dangerous allergens. For the best results, hire a professional to assess your carpet. At AAA Flood Drying we have the training and attention to detail that will protect your floors from damage and mold growth. Watch our videos for more information about DIY and professional carpet drying techniques and call us at 978.392.1895 for experienced, professional service to wet carpets & all types of water damage.