Mold can appear anywhere in our homes when conditions are right and carpets are no exception. We will reveal the causes of moldy carpets and show you multiple methods and steps on how to remove mold from carpet.
Do you have high levels of indoor humidity or have you recently experienced indoor flooding? If so then your carpets could be at risk. Moldy carpets are a lot more common than one might think but luckily removing mold from carpet needn’t be hard at all.
There are multiple methods for killing mold on carpets which we will discuss below. However, you first have to ask yourself if the carpet in question is even worth saving in the first place. For example, if your basement and / or bathroom is carpeted then it would be best to completely remove the carpets and lay down tiles instead – since these are high risk areas for mold growth. We will further discuss this in the last segment of this page under ‘how to prevent moldy carpets’.
Furthermore, the amount of mold and how long it has been there also plays an important factor. The longer you had the infestation on your carpet the more damaged it has become and the less likely you will be able to save it.
Deep steam cleaning carpets is a good way of removing mold since the steam penetrates right through the carpet. You could hire a steam cleaning company to come do the work or you could take a more affordable approach and rent the equipment to do the work yourself.
Either way, your carpets will be left damp after the cleaning process which could fuel further mold growth. That is why it’s essential to vacuum as much of the water out as possible with the steam cleaner and place a blow dryer or fan on the carpets until dry.
Tea tree oil is easily available and has many anti-bacterial ingredients which makes it ideal for combating mold. Simply fill a spray bottle with hot water and add a teaspoon of tea tree oil. Spray onto the affected area and allow it 10 minutes to saturate. Afterwards wipe the area clean with a cloth.
Grapefruit seed extract gets very similar results as tea tree oil as both are well suited for mold removal. Add 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract to a spray bottle of hot water. Spray onto the area and allow to soak in before wiping clean with a cloth.
Using baking soda in conjunction with vinegar is another great way for removing mold from carpets. Keep in mind that it’s best to use white vinegar in order to prevent staining the carpet. Pour some white vinegar onto the moldy carpet area and scrub it in. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then dry. Add a generous amount of baking soda and allow it to sit overnight. The baking soda will absorb any dampness left behind from the vinegar and remove any mold odors on the carpet. Next day vacuum all the remaining baking soda residue from the carpet.
If all of the above fails then it might be best to physically cut the moldy areas out and replace those sections of carpet. If you lack the technical know-how on how to do this it might be best to call in a carpet expert.
Mold on carpets can be a real hassle and health concern which is why prevention is better than cure. Below are a few simple and easy to follow steps to help prevent moldy carpets from occurring in the first place.
Lay down tiles wherever possible. Not only are tiles easier to clean but they are also a lot more hygienic than carpets.
Do you have carpets in high risk areas? High risk areas would include basements, laundry rooms and bathrooms – basically anywhere where you have regular high humidity levels and water use. It would be best to remove carpets from such areas if you have.
Mold spores travel indoors from the outdoors much more regularly than one would think. Therefore spores almost constantly land all over our indoor environments. Add humidity or a source of water and it wont be long before mold flourishes inside your home. To combat this regular vacuuming would be ideal. Try use a HEPA vacuum if possible but if you can’t then a regular vacuum would have to do. But try vacuum twice a week.