Mold can appear anywhere in our homes, especially when there has been recent flooding or high levels of humidity and carpets are no exception. As anyone with experience knows, removing mold from carpets can be extremely tricky which is why we will show you which factors causes it and how to remove it.
There are multiple methods for killing carpet mold 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 them and lay down tiles instead – since these are high risk areas. We will further discuss this in the last segment of this page.
Furthermore, the severity of the infestation and how long it has been there is also an important factor. The longer you had the problem on your carpet the more damaged it has become and the less likely it is that you will be able to save it.
Deep steam cleaning is a good way of killing fungi and bacteria since the steam and cleaning detergent penetrates right through all the carpet layers. You could hire an experienced steam cleaning company to do the work or you could take the more affordable approach and rent the equipment and do it 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 they are completely dry.
Tea tree oil is easily available and has many incredible anti-bacterial ingredients which makes it ideal for killing mold. Simply fill a spray bottle with warm water and add a teaspoon of tea tree oil. Spray onto the affected area and allow it 30 to 60 minutes to saturate. Afterwards, wipe the area clean with a cloth.
Grapefruit seed extract yields 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 warm water. Spray onto the desired area and allow 30 to 60 minutes soak in before wiping clean with a cloth.
Using baking soda in conjunction with vinegar is another great method. Keep in mind that it’s best to use white vinegar in order to prevent staining the carpet. Pour some white vinegar onto the affected area and scrub it in. Let it saturate for 30 minutes and then add a generous amount of baking soda and allow it to sit overnight. The baking soda will absorb the dampness left behind from the vinegar and remove all odors from the carpet. Vacuum up all the remaining baking soda residue on the following day.
There may be some cases where mold has eaten its way right through the carpet. The best thing to do in this type of situation is to physically cut out the damaged sections and replace it. It might be best to call in a carpet expert if you lack the technical know-how on how to do this.
Removing mold from carpets is no fun task which is why taking the following 6 preventive steps is the best remedy. After all, prevention is better than cure.
Tile wherever possible: Lay down tiles wherever possible. Not only are tiles easier to clean but they are also a lot more hygienic.
Remove carpeting from sensitive areas: Are the high risk areas in your home carpeted? Such areas would include basements, laundry rooms and bathrooms – basically anywhere you have regular high humidity levels and water use. It would be best to remove all carpeting from such areas if possible.
Vacuum regularly: Mold spores are a lot more common in our homes than one would think. Add humidity or a water source and it wont be long before this horrible fungi flourishes. To combat this regular vacuuming with a HEPA vacuum will be ideal.
Keep your home well ventilated: Hot musty indoor air is your worst enemy. Keep your home well ventilated by opening windows and allowing fresh air to circulate. A dehumidifier will greatly help in this regard.
Sun dry loose rugs: It’s strongly recommended to regularly wash any loose rugs you might have and the best way to dry them is to hang them out in the sun.
Keep carpets dry: How many times have you or someone you know spilled some water or other liquids onto a carpeted area and just left it or put a towel onto the spot and hope for the best? The best thing to do in this type of situation is to put some baking soda on the area for an hour or two and then vacuum it up. Baking soda does a great job at extracting liquids.