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There are several concerns that come up when dealing with carpets in winter, and one of the primary ones is moisture. Water+carpet is a recipe for trouble, even in small amounts. But sometimes carpets and rugs get wet and there’s nothing you can do to anticipate it! Moisture is introduced through:

  • Flooding
  • Spills
  • Water and snow tracked inside
  • Leaks from pipes or appliances
  • Overflowing bathtubs or toilets

What’s wrong with a little water?

So what problems do excess moisture in the carpet present? There are a few issues that can arise from it, some more serious than others.

  • Carpet damage. This is the most obvious, but water is bad for not only the fibers of carpets and rugs, but whatever material forms the backing and padding beneath them.
  • Mold and mildew. These things can also lead to unpleasant smells, discoloration and damage to the carpet, and spread to other parts of the house.
  • Health issues. When mold grows in carpet (or anywhere else) it can cause a host of unpleasant symptoms. Many of these mimic the symptoms of allergies, so make sure you’re addressing the correct cause when it comes to carpet care!
  • Damage to the floor underneath the carpet. If enough water gets in, it can soak all the way through and begin eroding the floor beneath the carpet itself, which is much harder to repair or replace.

What can you do?

If your carpet is wet, you have a few options for immediate, emergency maintenance. The most important thing to do is remove as much moisture as possible, as quickly as possible. For smaller spills, start by laying down rags or towels and gently pressing down to soak up as much liquid as you can. You can also aim a box fan at the wet area, and open windows if the weather is appropriate.

However, the most important thing to do for a wet carpet is get expert help as quickly as possible! All-star Chem Dry can advise you on what to do if your carpet is wet. We can also help if your carpet was wet and now you’re experiencing issues with mold or odor. Don’t wait until the problem grows, and don’t think a spill is “too small” for a thorough assessment and cleaning. Taking steps now will prevent long term damage, so let our expert team help you out today!