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4 Mold and Carpet Cleaning FAQs

By Luke Armstrong

Can I use my dehumidifier and fans to dry water damaged materials?

The process of drying water-damaged homes involves the use of proper evaporation rates along with equivalent dehumidification to remove moisture from the air. Professionals in water damage restoration monitor this process by reviewing the relationship of relative humidity and temperature. This relationship is called psychrometrics. Regular household dehumidifiers are made to maintain humidity levels and are not capable of keeping up with the massive amount of humidity caused by water damage. Trying to dry your home out yourself can actually make the situation worse.

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How clean should my carpeting look after being professionally cleaned?

How clean the carpet looks depends on how worn the fibers are and the types of soils and stains the carpet has been exposed to. The sun can also fade carpeting. The best way to maintain your carpeting is by routine vacuuming and having the carpet cleaned every six months to a year. Applying a stain protector also helps prevent permanent staining.

Can wet carpeting be cleaned?

Whether or not carpet can be cleaned will depend on the type of water (i.e. sewage, ground, or potable water) and the amount of time that has passed since it got wet.

Will mold go away once things are dry?

Mold will not go away once things are dry. It actually goes into a dormant state in which mold spores can be easily released into the air. The mold will start to grow again when moisture is added, either by getting wet again or by absorbing moisture from humid air. Mold cleanup is a task best handled by professionals.

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