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Newburgh Carpet Cleaning After Water Damage

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

cleaned and dried off-white carpet in living room When your Newburgh carpets are damaged due to water, don't worry SERVPRO has you covered.

SERVPRO Helps Newburgh Homeowners After Water Extraction

Anyone living in Newburgh who suffers a flood or leak knows how worrying it is when water enters a home. You might be asking yourself where to start with cleanup, or how much of your property can be saved.

Waterlogged carpets are one of the most unpleasant after-effects of water entering your home. Whether the rug is submerged in standing water, or soaked from a leaking appliance, you want to deal with it as soon as possible. SERVPRO is on hand to help Newburgh homeowners dry out their carpets after water extraction.

Why should I worry about my carpets after water extraction?

Carpets are generally quite expensive items, so naturally, you do not want to throw out your carpet unless you have to. Some homeowners think the best thing is to leave the carpet to dry naturally, but this is not a good idea. Leaving your wet floor coverings untreated can lead to several problems:

  • Stains can set into the fabric and become very hard to remove
  • Water damage can harm the structural integrity of the fabric and backing
  • Wet material is a breeding ground for mold which smells unpleasant 
  • Untreated wet patches can cause your home to smell damp and nasty
  • Moisture can seep through to the floorboards and warp them

However, do not despair – many carpets can be restored with the right cleaning method, and SERVPRO is here to offer advice and practical help.

How does SERVPRO know what the best cleaning method is?

We train our technicians to carry out a thorough assessment of your carpets and rugs to decide on the best cleaning method.

The first step is to determine the type of carpet fibers and the level of colorfastness. Our teams use a range of professional tests to assess the composition of your carpet. Knowing which materials are present is vital because the material type is key to deciding on the best cleaning method. We also look at the style of carpet, such as loop, plush cut, pile, shag, or Berber. Different fibers and piles have different levels of robustness. It is essential to keep this in mind to safeguard your carpet during the cleaning process. Finally, we test for colorfastness to reduce the risk of fading or bleeding during restoration.

Next, we look at the kind of soiling and the amount of dirt. This is important because oil-soluble dirt particles require different treatment than water-soluble ones, and a lightly soiled carpet will need less vigorous cleaning than a heavily soiled one.

Finally, we look at the pre-existing condition of the carpet. If the carpet already has marks, burn stains, footprints, fading, worn areas, or fraying, this can affect cleaning. Examining the existing condition lets us give you an honest assessment of the results you can expect after treatment.

We will also ask you some questions to determine how best to wash the carpet, and if you happen to have a copy of the manufacturer’s care instructions, we will look.

What cleaning methods are available?

SERVPRO teams have several cleaning methods to choose from. The three most common ones if a carpet is heavily soiled, such as following water extraction, are:

  • Deluxe precondition and rinse – this uses a method similar to hot water extraction to saturate the carpet with a cleaning solution and then carefully rinse it clean.
  • Rotary jet extraction is similar to precondition and rinse, except that a rotary extractor is used instead of a wand for more significant agitation of the fibers to dislodge more firmly embedded dirt.
  • Showcase – this is the most vigorous cleaning method, utilizing the rotary jet machine and a careful program of cleaning and rinsing to cleanse the most heavily soiled carpets.

Depending on the situation, we might also use dry shampoo, carbonated foam shampoo, or spot cleaning. We train our technicians to choose the best cleaning method for the fiber type and level of soiling. The depth of the carpet’s pile, the material, and any pre-existing wear and tear can affect which cleaning method is the safest.

What happens after my carpet is cleaned?

Once your carpet is clean, our team moves on to the drying process. We use a combination of air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers to dry over, under, and around your carpets to ensure they are thoroughly dry, and there is no risk of mold growth.

We deodorize your home when we have finished, leaving it smelling fresh and "Like it never even happened."

If you are worried about your carpets after water extraction, SERVPRO of North Orange County and SERVPRO of South Orange County is here to help. Call us today at (845) 241-8707.

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