As hurricane Sandy shammed the lives of many people in America, a major problem that people are facing as Sandy’s after effects is the issue of wet rugs in their homes. In fact, a huge number of homeowners are facing this problem across America due to the storm’s extensive damage frequency.
The most pivotal and emergency measure taken during a flood is to find the source and then acting quickly to get rid of all the water from home. However, the occurrence of mold on your wet rug depends on the dew point, temperature and humidity levels in the area you reside.
Your very primary step towards dealing with wet rugs after the flood should be getting rid of the water. Here, you can treat your wet rug with some disinfectant after removing all the excess water. In fact, many homeowners opine to replace the rugs after a flood situation, but if the flooding is sanitary, then you do not necessarily need to replace the rugs.
Next, for waiving off the unpleasant odor from the rug, sprinkle baking soda on your rug and leave the rug as it is for a few days. After this, you ought to vacuum the rug well. Perfumes and air-fresheners will not do the job here.
Drying the rugs may sound an easy solution for dealing with wet rug. However, this is quite true in case of small rugs, as all you have to do is take out the rug and keep it at place where you can air it out. Further, the task of drying wall-to-wall rug might become a bit daunting because of the rug’s size and also due to the fact that rugs are extremely absorbent and tends to get very heavy if drenched in water.
In addition, you ought to replace and discard wet rug pads as quickly as possible. This is because rug pads trap as well as absorb water and it is quite impossible to extract all the water even with a professional water removal machine. Since one cannot dry out the rug pad, it is necessary to replace it or else it might turn unhygienic and will be a breeding place for molds that may deteriorate your wooden floors beneath.
Cleaning wet rugs is a complex task and if done inappropriately can cause various hazards. Thus, to avoid taking any chances, it is advisable to call in a professional to help you save your wet rug. A professional will guide you throughout the process to ensure that the damage is not permanent.