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Commercial Carpet Drying

1/7/2023 (Permalink)

man cleaning carpet SERVPRO of Natick/Milford dries carpets during the restoration process.

SERVPRO of Natick/Milford comes across many materials during commercial and residential restorations. One of the common features in buildings is carpet. Preserving this material is a primary goal in every restoration task to reduce costs.

It can be a difficult task to dry commercial carpets for Natick businesses. We make sure to be meticulous in these efforts to restore the most, rather than throw away. Two things we look out for in carpet drying is Backing Separation (Delamination) and Latex Deterioration as we dry carpets in offices, hallways, and common areas.

Every carpet has two backings, primary and secondary. Latex is the adhesive used by manufacturers to attach the individual fibers to the primary. The second layer of latex holds the backings together. When water remains on the carpet for too long, the latex begins to break down; this results in the backings separating, and the fibers coming loose. To prevent this from occurring, we first remove the water. Technicians use pumps to remove the majority of water. When most water has been removed, we switch to extraction wands; which are vacuums, that draw out water from carpets and carpet pads without damaging them. As they perform the task, our technicians are trained to watch for any signs of delamination and deterioration.

Since overly aggressive extraction damages carpet, there will always be a small amount of moisture left trapped. Since most commercial carpets do not utilize a carpet pad, it is rarely necessary for us to remove one. To completely dry the carpet, we use a combination of air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers to remove the last trace of moisture.

We carefully examine the carpet and then lift a section at opposite ends of a room or hallway. This technique is know as "floating" in the industry. At the entry point, we place an air mover to force warm, dry air under the carpet which pushes out the damp, colder air. To speed the process, we set up a fan to draw the damp air out, which makes the air-mover more efficient. If the room or hallway is extremely humid, we use a dehumidifier to draw moisture from the air. Our SERVPRO technicians take pride in working around an active work environment, reducing disruptions to our clients' customers and their employees.

Drying out your business is a relatively simple task, but it is time-consuming. Restoring carpets and other property needs to be handled by a professional service to avoid secondary damage. SERVPRO of Natick/Milford has decades of experience and stands ready to support our fellow business owners. Call today at (774) 290-4300 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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