Carpet and area rugs are wonderful additions to any home since they are cozy, inviting, and visually appealing. Regardless of what kind of flooring or area rugs you have, when a flood or severe water damage occurs, it’s important to act fast.

All of us are aware that water damage offers a significant risk to floors and carpets. Flooding carpets can lead to a black mold infestation in your home. If excess water isn’t removed from the carpet quickly, black mold can grow in as little as 24 hours. Mildew growth can be halted if you quickly remove wetness from your rug or carpet.

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What is Carpet Cleaning / Rug Cleaning?

The best method for cleaning carpet is hot water extraction. A specialist uses a mixture of a cleaning agent, a wand or brush, and suction pressure to clean carpet properly.

Area rug cleaning, in most cases, consists of a multi-step emersion process that flushes out anything trapped within the fibers of the rug.

Risks of Not Conducting Flood Damaged Rug Cleaning

  1. Your property will be exposed to harmful pathogens

If a natural hazard or a drainage line blockage is the source of your carpet flooding, the rising water in your property may include harmful bacteria. Some germs, pathogens, and other microbes can be harmful to humans when they are found in floodwater. These dangerous diseases can be prevented if you properly clean your carpet and rugs after a flood or water damage.

  1. Floods can cause delamination in carpet and area rugs

When a carpet or any area rug with a glued-on backing gets soaking wet, it can cause the backing to come loose. This delamination in most cases causes irreversible wrinkles when left untreated. Any flooding should be addressed by professionals within 48 hours in order to avoid irreversible damage to the hard surface flooring, broadloom carpet, or area rugs.

Advantages of Hiring Professionals for Flood Damaged Rug Cleaning

  1. It extends the life of your carpet and rugs

After water damage, it may not be as simple as “drying out” your rug or wall-to-wall carpet. Many people underestimate the effects water damage can have on their carpet and area rugs. Sometimes it may look like the problem was taken care of from the surface when in reality the issue lies in the pad or the subflooring. Underestimating water damage may not only harm your carpet but also accelerate their decomposition.

Using toxic materials or cleaners, as well as equipment that isn’t designed for your particular carpet type, can all lead to fading, staining, tearing, or pilling. An expert cleaner, on the other hand, should know precisely what products and treatments to be used for your rugs and carpet.

  1. Save your time and have better results

A professional cleaning, as we’ve shown, is considered superior to a do-it-yourself effort when it comes to the safety of your household and the longevity of your carpet. While you can rent a machine that may do an okay job at cleaning your carpet, it will take you a lot of time to achieve those “okay” results.

A professional cleaning has the equipment necessary for getting the best results in a reasonable amount of time. Performing a DIY carpet cleaning may leave your carpets stiff with excess residue from the chosen cleaning solution, this could also result in damaged fibers.

Attempting to clean your area rug at home can also result in damage. Most area rugs require professional attention especially if they are handmade oriental rugs.

  1. Helps to ensure your family’s health

You may not want to consider the dirt and particles that your rug may be concealing, but if it has been a while since a professional cleaning, the dirt and grime is there even if you can’t see it. Your household may be inhaling various noxious substances, including animal dander and mildew, which could lead to health issues.

These allergens can be removed by professional carpet cleaning, equipment, and detergents that are safe for your family without putting them at risk. Using the right detergents is just as crucial as utilizing powerful cleaners and steamers in the fight against the spread of diseases and fungi.


Ayoub Carpet Service


Our eco-friendly, plant-based products will have your carpets clean while being free of any harsh, harmful chemicals. The friendly and caring staff at Ayoub Carpet Service will walk you through the process and recommend any special treatments that your carpet needs in order to last longer.

Regarding flood-damaged rug cleaning, Ayoub Carpet Service is widely regarded as one of the most trustworthy carpet and rug cleaning companies. We can evaluate the flooding issues, make recommendations, and complete any necessary repairs or cleaning to your carpet immediately.  Since 1952, Ayoub Carpet Service has cleaned carpets and area rugs in the DC Metro area.

We know that no two rugs are the same, especially when it comes to floor and water damage. From pre-inspection to delivery, we treat each rug as its own. By customizing our cleaning process, you can rest assured that your rug will be well handled by our professionals and sent home looking, feeling, and smelling Like NEW AGAIN!™

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