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5 Wet Carpet Cleaning Myths

If you hate to see your carpets damaged by water, and you are feeling hopeless at that point - you shouldn't make decisions quickly. Instead, you can do a lot of things to minimize damage to your carpet and pad, whether it's the faucet that made it wet or the water heater burst.

Generally, all residential carpets have pads underneath them which can be anywhere from 1/4 inch to almost an inch thick - providing cushioning and giving your carpet a comfortable and soft feel. However, there are many myths when it comes to wet carpet cleaning in Kentucky - so today, we are listing all the common ones and helping you realize the truth behind them.

Myth 1: Carpet doesn't stop or hold much water

Carpets are like sieve to water - they won't hold more than a few ounces of water per square foot. Since they are like sponges, they can actually hold many times their own weight in water.

Myth 2: The carpet will dry itself

Although this is partially true, a carpet drying by itself will smell bad or have mold in it by the time it is dry. Also, there will be a lot more damage done when the carpet dries by itself - unless you are living in the desert.

Myth 3: You have to remove the wet pad underneath the carpet

Your carpet is designed with a pad inside it, and you cannot remove the water from it even if you extract it. However, the wand is the part that is designed to pull water out of the carpet fibers and does a good job in that. Therefore, if you have water damage on a commercial carpet without a pad - the wand can be great tool to use as well.

Myth 4: You have to lift the carpet and float it using blowers

You don't have to hang or float your carpet. There are deep extraction tools that can take the water out and ones that are used by most professional Kentucky carpet cleaning companies.

Myth 5: You have to remove and discard your wet carpet

Discarding the carpet is a must in black water situations (Category 3 water which is contaminated from a sewage, toilet leak etc.). Similar to that is the case with Category 2 water which is grey and coming from the washing machine, shower runoff etc. and one that also needs discarding the pad, but you can keep the carpet after it's cleaned.

However, if you have Category 1 water which is clean water from the toilet supply line or the fridge ice maker, your carpet does not need to be removed or discarded.

We hope these myths helped you realize what's true and what isn't when it comes to carpet cleaning in Kentucky!

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