Dos and Don'ts for Flooded Carpet

  • Do remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe water from wood furniture.
  • Do remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying. (Check for bleeding color.)
  • Do place aluminum foil, saucers, or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
  • Do turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in the summer; open windows in winter.
  • Do remove Oriental and colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
  • Do punch small holes in sagging ceilings to relieve trapped water (place pans underneath). If possible, stay out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place; dry as soon as possible.
  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or colored items on wet carpets and flooring.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don’t use TVs or other electric appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors, especially not wet concrete floors.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fan if ceiling is wet.

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