What is over-wetting your carpet?

Over-wetting is a nightmare for carpet owners everywhere. But what is it? And why is it so harmful?

Over-wetting your carpet is a surprisingly common concern and problem we tackle at ServiceMaster Clean.

Particularly following an accident or previously botched carpet cleaning job.

Never heard of it? Now worried you should be concerned? Don’t fret.

With over 60 years as leading experts in carpet cleaning, we know a thing or two about carpets and the issues that plague them.

That’s why we’re here to walk you through the common causes, symptoms and solutions for over-wetting.

Over-wetting explained

Essentially, over-wetting does what it says on the tin. It is the process of making the carpet too wet.

“Is this a massive issue?” you scream.

The truth is that problems with over-wetting are more than just the carpet taking longer to dry. The excess moisture left in the carpet can cause more unpleasant and long-lasting concerns.

What are the issues caused by over-wetting?

The problems caused by over-wetting are broad and vary from case to case. But there are some common issues.

The main predicaments we see when dealing with over-wetting are as follows.


Browning on your carpet occurs when carpets don’t dry sufficiently quickly enough. Wool is particularly guilty of this.

This means the carpet fibres are left with unpleasant stain-like brown marks.

We often encounter people who mistakenly think that the new brown stains on their carpets have sprung up out of the blue.

An awful lot of the time, this turns out to be browning.

Often, this results from a poor cleaning job or a store-bought cleaning machine that isn’t up to the task.

The problem with these machines is that they are often inadequate. And in trying to avoid using a professional cleaner, you still need specialist treatment to have any chance of removing the marks they leave.

With browning on the carpet, the likelihood of being able to fix the issue is dependent on what is causing the marks.

But getting a professional opinion will let you know if your carpet can be salvaged.

To see if our experts can help you, contact your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business today on 0800 021 3073.

The smell!

One of the most common problems caused by over-wetting is a lingering bad smell.

After your carpet has been cleaned – whether by you or a professional – most of the moisture should have been removed.

This should leave you with a slightly damp carpet. Any remaining moisture should disappear over the next few hours.

If your carpets fail to dry within this time, the multiplying bacteria or mould may leave a very unpleasant odour. This is increasingly prevalent if water has seeped into the underlay.

To prevent this as much as possible, ensure the room has sufficient airflow where sensible for you to do so.

Failing this, you may need to replace your carpet.

However, when faced with a smelly carpet, depending on its source, you may be able to contact a restoration technician to help.

Thankfully our sister company, ServiceMaster Restore, offers bespoke and on-call restoration services in homes across the UK.

Find your nearest ServiceMaster Restore business to learn more.

Carpet Shrinkage

Possibly the most common issue encountered from over-wetting a carpet is shrinkage.

This comes from excessive water shrinking the carpet from the corners.

In some cases, shrunk carpets can be re-stretched, but often the damage is irreparable.

That’s why it’s vital to understand your carpet and use the right tools when cleaning it.

When applying moisture to your carpet, you must ensure that a powerful enough vacuum is used to get all the excesses and avoid damage.

At ServiceMaster Clean, we have the tools and expertise to get the job done right the first time.

For a carpet cleaning service that you can count on, trust ServiceMaster Clean.

Get in touch with your local professional

If you’re thinking about cleaning your carpet and unsure of how to do it right, don’t take the risk of DIY.

Trust the experts by finding your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business to get help from your local experts.

For more information, call 0800 021 3073 or book a cleaning online through our online shop today*.

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