Carpet is usually the most expensive item within the house, so having wet carpet is not a good thing. They have to be to be able to withstand being walked on, having dirt and mud ground into them, or having food or drink spilled on them on a regular basis. This is an occupational hazard for a carpet and as a result most of them won’t be any the worse for wear because of it. That is provided that they’re cleaned regularly of course.
Having said that, there is one thing that is likely to be problematic for even the most hardiest of carpets and that’s water. Just to make it clear, we’re not talking about the odd accidental spillage that everyone has from time to time. Instead we’re talking about when your carpet gets a real soaking. The type that covers huge swathes of the carpet or even it’s entirety. This is when it can become a big deal so why is this?
There are in fact two reasons why wet carpet isn’t good and these are mould and delamination. Let’s talk about mould first.
Mould is something that you don’t want anywhere near your carpet or even your home because it has the ability to cause further foundational damage while being hazardous to your health. Mould is home to a wide range of allergens and bacteria that can cause breathing problems if not dealt with. The problem is that mould loves wet carpet and it spreads quickly. If you leave a wet carpet down on the floor for just 24 hours, there’s a a good chance that mould spores will have developed. Once this happens there’s nothing you can do with the carpet other than throw it out.
The other issue is delamination. If you can imagine it, your carpet is like one giant sandwich made up of a backing layer, a layer of glue, and finally the carpet itself. As the carpet becomes wet it starts to react with the special bonding glue which holds the backing layer and the carpet together. When it does the carpet starts to come away from the backing layer as the glue appears to form stringy layers (just like melting mozzarella on a pizza). As it starts to delaminate parts of your carpet will start to bubble up and wrinkle. In most cases once your carpet starts to come apart, there really is nothing you can do to fix it and just like mould, there’s only one good place for it and that’s the bin.
While it’s true that carpets should be properly cleaned this should never be attempted by someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing. Too much water and your expensive carpet could easily be history. For this reason you might want to speak to SRS. We’ve been in the industry for many years and using the very latest hot water extraction we make sure your carpet is left dry but also deep down clean.