Wet carpets should be quickly separated from padding to prevent padding dyes from wicking up and causing permanent stains. A professional would next use a water- lift vacuum, but a good substitute is to turn on electric fans and open windows to provide good air circulation as an aid to speedy drying. Open windows and fans help if temperatures are warm enough and air outside is dry. In cold, damp weather, if house does not have any openings (such as broken-out windows) borrow, rent, or buy one or more dehumidifiers (depending on size of wet area in house) to pull water out of surfaces and materials.
About The Author: This article was written by Anne Field, Extension Specialist, Emeritus, with references from Arkansas Extension bulletin How to Clean House After a Fire.
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