We can all agree that water spills are the least harmful liquid to your carpet. What I’m not sure we all understand is that if not treated properly, water can be harmful.
The problem is when you spill on your carpet, the liquid seeps through into the carpet backing. The carpet and backing can take days to dry. Excessive water in your carpet backing can promote the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria. In fact, if you do not dry your carpet within 24-48 hours of a water spill, bacteria will grow.
How do I know if mold is in my carpet?
The obvious answer is to first check for visible signs of mold in your carpet. Next, simply smell your carpet where you remember there was a spill. If it smells like mold or mildew, then you probably know it is in your backing or padding.
Steam cleaning your carpet can drive the moisture and soil even deeper into your backing and padding. Instead, Chem-Dry believes in using a carbonation extraction process, which leaves your carpet drier and cleaner. Learn more about the HCE process.
Do not install carpet in areas that are subject to high moisture such as basements or bathrooms.
Make sure to thoroughly dry your carpet after a spill. Use a towel to soak the first layer, then place a fan to air dry the rest. Be aware of drying especially if you live in a humid environment.
Fix a water leak as soon as possible. Water can soak through almost anything such as: dry wall, plywood, flooring, carpet, tile grout, and more. These leaks can soak the carpet padding underneath leaving your carpet moldy.
Vacuuming your carpet can help dry it out, while removing excess bacteria and mold.