Hot weather and humid airs can be pretty uncomfortable, but they also affect your carpets. We have to remember that not everything that can damage our carpets is visible. When your carpets are subject to hot temperatures they might emit a smell. With the heatwave coming through San Diego we’ve compiled some tips to make sure your carpets are in their best shape!
Why Does the Heat Make My Carpets Smell?
Compounds that reside in your carpets from previous spills or accidents are agitated by the heat and become easily airborne. The heat also encourages bacteria to grow, causing it multiply aggressively. Bacteria can lie on the carpet from milk spills that were not fully cleaned up or pet urine that wasn’t properly cleaned, and later when it is humid and hot it will start to come back. When the bacteria returns the smell will arise but confuse you since there was no recent spills or accidents.
The bacteria left over from these past accidents might feeds off of moisture as well. Whether the moisture comes from very humid air or some water used from cleaning, when combined with the heat will cause the bacteria to multiply at extremely quick speeds. This can cause your carpets to smell AFTER you clean them with water and you leave it to dry.
If you clean your carpets yourself in the hot heat, make sure you properly dry out your carpets. Do not just assume that the hot (and worse, humid) air will cause the water to evaporate. After cleaning you need to properly air out the room and the carpets, if not done properly you can damage the health of your carpets or allow mold to grow underneath. If you feel like you cannot properly air out your room, call a professional carpet cleaning service. Professional cleaners have the tools to properly air out a room after cleaning to fully restore the carpets.
Other Problems Humidity Can Cause to Your Carpets
Humid air can also cause your carpets to buckle. This means that the moisture in the air seeps into the carpet and causes it to swell, this will lead to ripples in your carpet. Less severe cases may return to to normal when the temperature cools down, but more severe cases will need professional help to have your carpets return to their normal selves.
As we have talked about previously, mold will grow under carpets rapidly when given heat and moisture. A little bit of mold can grow at rapid rates in humid environments, especially when in the dark (under the carpets). If any mold is left to go unchecked, it can cause some serious damage (and some serious costs!) later on. If you think you have mold under your carpet, you should contact a professional carpet cleaner immediately, before it becomes a much bigger problem.
It is important to regulate the temperature in your house when a heat wave rolls through. Not just for your sake, but for the sake of your carpets. If any smells arise when the temperature heats up, or you find that you might not have fully cleaned up any spills or accidents, let a professional cleaner clean your carpets. Here at Clean Earth Restorations we have decades of experience with carpets in hot and humid weather, give us a call for some of the best carpet cleaning service in San Diego! Contact us at 619-284-4239 or visit our website cleanearthrestorations.com. Or click the button below for a discount on your next carpet cleaning!