Wet carpet cleaning and sanitising is not general carpet steam cleaning, in water damage situation to salvage wet carpet and achieve a mold, odour, bacteria and stain free environment, professional wet carpet cleaners must evaluate underlay type, dirt mess, sub-floor material, carpet fibre and backing, carpet moisture level, water source cleanness and respond time issues and provide appropriate treatments.
WetCarpet24HR provide Vapour(Dry Steam 94%) wet carpet cleaning and sanitising. The combination powers of high heat, dry steam, pressure, rotary bristle brushes, belt vacuum and dryer are used to remove grease, dirt, germ, grime, bacteria, dust mite, stains and mould, providing hygienically cleaned, sanitised, odourless and chemical free disinfected dry environment.
The role of Wet Underlay and Wet Carpet Cleaning:
Water damage to the underlay (padding) occurs during large or small flooding incident in your home; either a burst pipe, washing machine or a leaky roof can do it. Water damage to carpeting is easy to see, but damage to the underlay is hidden, overlooked and can go unnoticed. Water damaged carpet padding (wet underlay) can have serious consequences. Because it is in a dark, unventilated space, wet carpet padding provides an ideal environment to grow mildew, bacteria and stains. This can cause it to smell musty and foul.
There are three main types of underlay: Felt, Foam and Rubber. Most homes in Sydney have either foam or rubber underlay. Foam underlay absorb lots of water and it take longer to dry than rubber underlay. This may cause mold growth, clean or recently installed foam underlay may not develop stain on top of carpet. Wet Rubber underlay will dry much faster than foam but may create unpleasant smell and water marks. Wet felt underlay which is mainly used in Sydney commercial properties have very strong odour which is impossible to ignore, if wet felt underlay not removed, carpet will develop stains which is almost could not be cleaned.
Not Pre-Vacuum and Wet Carpet Cleaning:The carpet always should be vacuumed thoroughly with a vacuum cleaner before starting to steam cleaning or dry cleaning. This will remove large and small dirt particles and gravel/sand that has been tracked into the home, as well as loosen deep dirt from within the fibres. Water damage will create dirty mess on carpet. This problem make big challenge for general carpet cleaners, which do not have wet carpet cleaning training, equipment and treatments for such situations.
Wet Carpet Cleaning and Sanitising:
Anti-Browning Treatment: The wet Carpet must be treated against browning stains. This type of damage is caused by the jute backing of the carpet wicking to the tip of the carpet yarns, in many cases backing of carpet must also completely clean before carpet dry to avoid stains. We are trained by the IICRC to clean wet carpets and these browning stains in the carpet caused by water damage.
Anti-Mildew Treatment: Mould can easily thrive on wet carpet, underlay and sub-floors of homes or offices with poor moisture control. The high temperature and dark environment speed up the growth of mold colonies. Water damaged carpet must be treated for mildew growth before drying process completion.
Anti-Bacteria Treatment and Sanitising: Standing clean water will create bacteria on carpet, which create additional unpleasant odor, for this reason water damage carpet treated for anti-bacteria. DO NOT attempt to dry sewer water damaged carpet, the health risk related with unsanitary water is too high to ignore. Sewage damaged hard floors such as tiles, stones, timber must be completely cleaned and disinfected.
Wet Carpet Cleaning and Stain Removal:
Wet Carpet Cleaning and Deodorising (Odour Control):
Wet Sub-floor (Timber, Concrete, Magnesite) & Wet Carpet Cleaning:
Most Sydney Double storey houses and break – veneer homes have timber sub-flooring on their second floor, if untreated and not dried will develop mold, stains, bacteria, insects and more structural damages. It also may damage ground floor ceilings, walls and ground floor. In such situations wet underlay must be removed, although carpet and floor may dry same time using less equipment without any odour or stains.
Magnesite flooring mainly used in residential and commercial building constructed 40 years ago. Magnesite flooring was made from a mixture of magnesium chloride solution with various fillers (e.g. wood flour, sawdust, asbestos). It was typically laid between 10 and 25mm thick. Magnesite flooring is very porous and vulnerable to dampness which could absorbs all the water.
Commercial and residential building have concrete sub-floor which is dry faster and cleaner than other type of floors. Even concrete can be colonized and broken down by micro-organisms if it is allowed to remain wet and contaminated by organic matter (unsanitary water source).
Wet Carpet Stains Treatment: The combination of water quality and amount, carpet fibre type and backing, underlay material, dirt, dust, subfloor, respond time and furniture and rugs will develop many stains on water damaged carpet. Wet carpet cleaning includes treatment or remove source of problem to archive stain free restored carpet. Carpet with water damage stains has likely developing mold spores which is not visible at early stages.
Wet Carpets and Watermarks: Even the plain clean water leaves imarks almost any on material, in water damage situations water flows and takes all dirt with itself, as it goes further water contains more dirt, at the end water leaves watermarks stain on carpet surface which must be treated and they are completely removable, untreated watermarks on natural fibre carpet may transfer to browning stains.
Many customers believe that drying wet carpet must smell, which not true, bad smell is associated with underlay, timber and magnesite sub-floor and dirty carpet. Professional wet carpet drying process do dot create any odour, only minor dampness which easily masked with deodorisers. The availability of bad smell is sign of the damp carpet or flooring, bacteria, mold or dirty environment.