Why is Wet Carpet Bad?

One of the worst things that can happen to your carpet is to get it wet. Even worse is if it is wet for longer than 48 hours.

One way this happens is with a leak of some sort or water damage. Another way carpet can become soaked is if you hire a steam cleaner that uses excess water and doesn’t extract it all or a rental machine without strong enough suction to remove the soap and water.

A little spill here or there is no big deal. Small liquid stains can be treated immediately and blotted up with a white cloth. The problem is when the moisture covers extended areas of the carpet, or even wall-to-wall. Wet wall-to-wall carpet is a very serious problem.

Wet carpet is bad because it can lead to mold growth. Mold is definitely something you don’t want in your carpet or home as it can cause foundational damage and even be harmful to your health. Mold is the home to several germs and allergens that can cause respiratory issues if breathed in too much or often. Once you have significant mold growth in your carpet, there is a good chance it will have to be removed and thrown out. If mold reaches the floor boards and foundation of your home, there is a chance major, costly repair work will need to be done.

Mold isn’t the only thing bad about wet carpet. If a carpet remains wet for periods of 48 hours or longer, it can lead to delamination which is the process of the carpet fibers separating from the carpet backing and pad due to the glue deteriorating from all the moisture. If this occurs you will start to see very unattractive portions of your carpet where it has wrinkled or bubbled up. If the delamination is bad enough, you can actually pull the carpet fibers directly off the pad which basically destroys the carpet at that point.

wet carpet diagram

If you are concerned about wet carpet in your home you will want to be sure to address all leaks and potential water damage issues promptly. Also be sure to choose a drier method of carpet cleaning.

Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield offers carpet cleaning that harnesses “the power of carbonation” for drier, cleaner and healthier results. There are no harsh chemicals in their process and no soap. No soap means there is no need for excessive moisture to be used to remove the soap. The carbonated bubbles simply lift the dirt out of the carpet fibers and then the technician whisks the dirt and germs away with their patented equipment. It’s a process that’s been recommended by the Carpet & Rug Institute and has received their Platinum Seal of Approval.

In the end, not only are your carpets cleaner and healthier, but they are dry within 1-2 hours instead of 1-2 days with no risk of dangerous saturation occurring.

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