Monday, 17 November 2014

Cleaning carpet after radiator leak

Winter is here, radiators are on, and.....oh....the radiators are leaking!

We had two radiator leaks to clean up last week.  Both had leaked near the flow valve, this is often an indication of a worn seal.  Old seals will eventually wear, especially after a long summer without the radiators being used the seals can dry out and crack.

It is important to work quickly when you notice a leak form the radiator. The water is often quite old and will stain the carpet, the less time you give it to penetrate the carpet fibers the more successful the stain removal will be.  Use of a  good carpet spot cleaning solution can help with remove the stain. See for our professional Carpet Clean and Spot remover.

Another issue is the quantity of water, a few drips are quite easily removed by dabbing the area with a clean cloth.  However if the leak went unnoticed for some time you may have a substantial patch of water that will have soaked down to the under layer.  Carpets left wet for too long are at risk of:

  • Rot 
  • Developing an unpleasant smell 
  • Shrinking - if you have a wool carpet
To avoid these issues you till want to dry the carpet out as quickly as possible.  You could hire a carpet cleaner, such as a rug doctor - however these are not very powerful and may draw up mainly the top level moisture, leaving the the under layer still very wet.  It is this wet under layer where the issues will arrive.  A professional carpet cleaner with a truck-mounted system will have far superior suction power and will be able to draw much of the moisture all the way up form the lower levels of the carpet.  Then, using the industrial carpet dryer much of the residual moisture will be drawn up.  The area may still be a little damp to touch at the end of the process however this is very minor and will soon evaporate.

If you would like assistance with your carpet clean contact Art of Clean, a highly trained IICRC member. Call our friendly team on 01223 863632 or visit

We are a professional cleaning company who specialise in Carpet CleaningRug CleaningHardwood Floor Cleaning, Stone floor CleaningUpholstery Cleaning and Leather Furniture Cleaning for domestic an commercial clients through out Cambridgeshire, Essex, Suffolk and Hertfordshire.