Regular carpet cleaning is an everyday occupation that is relatively easy if the carpets are well maintained and just a bit more complicated if it has been a long time since the last time you had them cleaned up. But it is infinitely more difficult after a flood.
Carpets and pillows have the unfortunate habit of retaining water. Along with the water they retain spores and other bacteria which makes them especially hazardous. Simple vacuum cleaning is not enough. They have to be carefully dried up completely and then treated with special chemicals that will remove all these harmful substances as well as the odor that always remains after a flooding. It is most unfortunate but sometimes, especially if they have come in contact with heavily contaminated water, there is no cleaning method that can render them safe and they must be discarded.
It may even be as long as a month before it is safe for you to use your carpets again if they are made out of pure wool and you have babies or children in the house. Remember that carpets are their favorite place for crawling and playing. It would be most unfortunate if this process was handled inappropriately and they got infected by leftover bacteria.
Synthetic carpets are much easier to handle as they neither absorb as much water as the wool-made ones, nor can they retain as many bacteria and other harmful agents. Unfortunately in a serious flood they stand the chance of sustaining more damage even to complete destruction than the regular ones.
This is why carpet cleaning needs to be taken care by professionals that know what they are doing, Professionals like the crew employed at Emergency Flood Team Encino. Give us a call at (818) 584-2988 and if it is at all possible, they will take care of your carpets and make them as good as new.