How To Get Mold Out Of Carpet

  • July 31, 2019

Mold growth is extremely common in homes in the Pacific Northwest due to excessive moisture and dampness. Having mold in your home can be extremely dangerous to your health, causing all kinds of adverse health symptoms and discomfort.

How To Get Rid Of Mold In Carpet
How To Get Rid Of Mold In Carpet

If you suspect that there is mold in your home or growing under your carpeting, you will need to take action immediately to remedy the problem. Besides being dangerous to your health, mold growth can cause more than a little damage to your house itself. Staining, spreading, and damaging the wood are all consequences of mold growth.

Even though identifying mold growth can be challenging, it is extremely important to know what to be on the lookout for if you wish to keep your family and your home safe. If you have never had to identify mold growth before, here are several tips for being able to identify it in your carpet.

 

How to Identify Mold on Your Carpet

Areas in your home that have water used in them or have a higher level of humidity are more prone to mold growth than dryer rooms. Moisture and humidity create the perfect environment for mold growth so you should be extra vigilant for mold presence in rooms in your home where moisture may be an issue.

Here are 2 clues that there may be mold growing in your carpet.

  • There is a distinct mold odor in the air. This is often the first indicator of the presence of mold in your carpet. Mold has an unpleasant musty smell that is quite distinct and is a sure indicator of its presence. If you smell an unusual odor that persists, check your carpet for mold growth. This mold smell can be extremely difficult to remove from your carpet so you should try to remedy the issue as soon as you discover it. Homemade cleaners that consist of baking soda or vinegar are popular natural solutions for removing the mold smell from your carpet and are also very effective.
  • There are dark spots or stains on your carpet. If you see any discoloration on your carpet, that is a pretty good indicator of mold growth. You should test the stains by touching them to see if you have wet carpet, if you do, your carpet is almost certainly moldy.

A preventative measure to take is to routinely check the underside of your carpet for the presence of mold. This may be a little tricky to do, but it is one of the best ways to check for signs of mold. Look for stains, moisture, or anything irregular. Make sure that during this inspection you utilize safety wear such as a quality mask and eye protection.

 

How to Remove Mold From Your Carpet

Next comes the question of how to safely remove mold from your carpet. There is more than one way in which mold can be safely removed from your carpet, depending on your preferences, we have listed several below. Probably the safest and quickest option would be to employ the services of a professional carpet cleaning company. Carpet cleaning professionals will be able to thoroughly and safely remove the mold from your carpet in a way that won’t damage your carpet. If you wish to do the job yourself, here are a couple of options for removing mold from your carpet.

Start With Proper Ventilation

First, make sure the mold prone room is receiving adequate ventilation. Air circulation, regardless of the temperature outside, will help remove dampness from the air and lessen the negative health effects of living with mold in your home. Whilst you are working on remedying the mold issue in your carpet, you should be thoroughly ventilating the affected area to mitigate the potential health risks that mold might pose to your family.

Use Natural Products First When Possible

Many homeowners like the idea of using natural products as a means to get rid of the mold in their carpet. Avoiding harsh and unknown chemicals gives homeowners a sense of confidence and ease about the safety of their environment while also being able to effectively mitigate the mold problem.

As mentioned above, vinegar is an excellent cleaning solution to get rid of mold stains as well as mold smell in your home. Vinegar should be applied using a spray bottle and massaged throughout the carpet using a scrub brush.

Just make sure that after you use liquid on your carpet you should set a fan on the area so that it can thoroughly dry (you don’t want to add to the dampness).

Use Commercial Products

Commercial products can also be extremely helpful when dealing with a mold issue. Anti-fungal carpet cleaners, sprays, and more can be found easily in the homes department of your local supermarket.

Be selective in the products that you use on your carpet as many can be effective against mold but may pose negative effects to the beauty of your carpet. Chlorine dioxide, for instance, is excellent against mold growth in carpets but may cause carpets to fade excessively.

 

What To Do When Mold On Your Carpet Is Too Severe To Be Remedied

If you assess your options but believe that the mold damage on your carpet is past the point of remediation, it may be time to consider replacing your carpet entirely. If you believe that this is the case with your carpet, you should contact flooring professionals today to discuss the possibility of having your floors re-carpeted.

Here at Carpet To Go, we have a team of highly trained flooring experts who are committed to helping homeowners find the perfect flooring solutions for their homes. If you would like to talk with our team of flooring professionals, contact Carpet To Go today.

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