While the first reason you want to get the mold out of your carpet is no doubt because of how awful it looks, the fact of the matter is mold can smell really bad, spread like crazy and it can actually cause health problems, especially in people who suffer from asthma.
Well, today we are looking at a couple of methods so you can get mold out of the carpet as easy as possible. Not only that, we will look at how you can prevent it from happening again in the future.
Look At The Carpet and Determine How Bad The Mold Is
Get some gloves and maybe even a mask if it is affecting your breathing and take a real good look at the affected area. If you can lift the carpet up, do so. Now you can see if the mold has spread all the way to the base of the carpet.
If it has, you should consider calling in a professional. If the mold has spread over a considerable amount of the base of the carpet, it may be easier to replace the whole carpet.
How to Remove Mold From Carpet With The Home Remedy Approach
If you do not want to buy a product from the store, see if this way can get the mold out of your carpet. You are bound to have one of these items already in the house, so give it a try.
Open the windows and get some air in the room. Mold thrives in humid places so the more fresh air the better. Opening the window will also help if the mold is stinking up the place.
Now this one may not be possible, but if the carpet is not too large and it can be removed, take it outside, hang it up and let the sun give it a good blasting. One or two days of sunlight will kill mold spores. This is not the most practical thing to do, but it can kill the mold!
You want to get as much moisture out of there as possible and you may have some items in your cupboards already that can help. Baking soda, cat litter, and talc free baby powder can all be sprinkled on the mold. It will absorb the moisture and as an added bonus get rid of the smell. You need to leave it sitting overnight and then vacuum up the next morning.
White vinegar has also been proven to be good at getting rid of mold. Make sure it is white though so you do not stain your carpet. Give it a good spraying with the vinegar and then rub it all over with a strong brush. Make sure you blow dry the carpet once you are done to make sure there is no moisture for the mold to thrive in.
The More Professional Approach To Cleaning Mold From Your Carpet
If money is no object the easiest way is to call a guy to come and do it for you…. That can be expensive, but if the mold is really bad it may be the way to go. If you fancy having a go yourself, here are a few suggestions for products and methods that have proven successful in getting mold out of the carpet.
There are a number of anti-mold treatments on the market. You can get these from most supermarkets and they are not as expensive as you would think. Make sure you read the label and that the product you are looking at can be used on fabric. The best ones to look for contain something called a mold barrier or an encapsulate which helps stop the mold coming back.
Many folks have reported good results with using a carpet cleaning product to clean mold from carpets. Not only will this help destroy the mold, they are also designed to make the carpet smell nice so any odors will vanish as well. There are a ton of carpet cleaning products out there, but Vanish is regarded as one of the best when it comes to carpets.
Use a steam cleaner. Sure this may seem a little extreme, but you can rent a steam cleaner from many different places these days or you may even know someone who will let you borrow theirs.
A steam cleaner is a great way to really blast that mold into oblivion! Just know that while this at first is a quick way to get rid of mold out of the carpet. After you must…. MUST make sure you dry the area quickly as possible.
If you are willing to do the work after you have used the steam cleaner, this along with a coating of anti-mold treatment or carpet cleaner is a great way to send that mold packing!
Now some people will tell you to use chlorine dioxide products. While you can do this, the effort and the potential for discoloring your carpet as well as the harm to your health that it can cause make it a method that is really not advisable, plus you need a wet vac as well as the actual product itself. So while it can be done, it is not a method that is really recommended.
Hire a guy! We said this in the introduction, but if you are not confident enough to get rid of the mold by yourself, the safest thing to do is call in a professional.
Last and most extreme is getting rid of the area with a flamethrower, ok so slight exaggeration there. But if the mold is really, really bad.
You can always cut out the affected area. It is easy if there is something like a sofa covering it. Make sure there is no mold on the floor underneath and if there is get rid of it. Cut a few centimeters from the area that has the mold to make sure it is all gone.
Preventing Your Carpet From Mold In The First Place
Of course, the best way to get mold out of carpet is for it not to even be there in the first place! Here are a few ways you can prevent mold from being an issue.
Good airflow. Increasing the amount of ventilation in a room is a great way to make it harder for mold to grow. Crack open those windows in the morning to help get rid of any moisture that has gathered in the night. An air purifier can also help in this situation.
Using a dehumidifier is a great way to get the moisture out of the air and stop it from settling on the carpet.
Make sure you vacuum on a regular basis. Dust, crumbs and general mess can all be a breeding ground for mold. If you vacuum regularly, you are making it harder for mold to grow.
Mold really thrives in the dark. While keeping the lights on 24/7 is a very impractical idea, you can get special UV C lights that can kill mold in carpets, or you can just have some very low powered and energy efficient lights which will also help prevent mold growth.