Mould is one of the worst disasters that can happen to your carpet. It is not only unpleasant and smelly, but it can also be very harmful to your health, especially if you are susceptible to respiratory diseases. In this article, we will explain to you how to remove mould from carpet and how to prevent it in the first place.
There are many factors that cause mouldy carpets. The main ones are humidity, leaks and condensation. That’s why bathrooms and kitchens are the most common “breeding grounds” for mould. This fungus is also a common problem for places that have been closed up for a long period of time.
Usually, mould tends to appear in summer and autumn, when the warmth and the humidity of the weather are high. A damp, musty odour is the first indicator that mould is growing on your carpet.
The colour of the mildew depends on the conditions. Whether it’s green, brown or white, you need to act fast and get rid of it, in order to keep your carpet and your family members in good health.
How to remove mould from carpet
Before you start, you will need to:
Close the doors to prevent mould spores spreading to the other rooms.
Open the windows to encourage airflow.
If the carpet is removable, you need to take it outside the house (on the balcony) and leave it in sunlight for 48 hours or until it’s completely dry.
If the carpet is fitted, pull it up from the floor around the affected area. Remove any soaked padding. Turn on the overhead lights and dry the carpet, using a fan, humidifier, or the blow function on a vacuum.
When dealing with mould, always wear a facemask, eye protection and rubber gloves.
Now, you are ready to proceed. Here is how to get mould out of carpet in a few steps:
How to remove mould from carpets with vinegar and baking soda
You’ll need: baking soda, vinegar, spray bottle, vacuum cleaner, stiff brush and a blow dryer.
Time needed: 15 minutes.
Sprinkle baking soda on the affected area.
The soda will absorb moisture and reduce the smell.
Leave it overnight.
Let the baking soda sit for at least 24 hours.
Remove the baking soda, using a vacuum cleaner.
Apply white vinegar.
Pour a small amount of vinegar into a spray bottle and spray the mouldy spot.
Use a stiff brush to scrub it.
Blow-dry the carpet or create airflow to speed up the drying time.
Always test on a hidden area of your carpet, before applying any carpet cleaning solution.
Apply anti-mould or antifungal spray to the affected area. Note: Antifungal products can discolour or damage your carpet.
Follow the instructions on the label. Products vary, that’s why you need to carefully read the instructions on the back of the bottle.
Apply a carpet cleaner. Many carpet cleaning products contain deodorises that can solve the odour problem and even rid you of the fungus itself.
Follow the instructions. Again, it is very important to read the label before proceeding.
Apply chlorine dioxide. Find a mould removal detergent that contains chlorine dioxide. Spray directly on the mouldy area. Note: This chemical can damage the colour and the fibre of your carpet.
Be very careful while using chlorine dioxide products. Always use in a well-ventilated area. Don’t forget to protect your eyes and lungs. In case you feel short of breath or start coughing, get out of the room immediately.
6. Wet vacuum. Depending on the product type, you may need a wet vacuum to remove the residue after use.
Vacuum regularly. Use a vacuum cleaner to regularly clean your carpet. This way, you will not need to perform a deep clean with liquid detergents that can cause mould.
Never allow standing water. Water is mould’s best friend. If standing water appears due to a leak, for example, find the leaking pipe and fix it. Make sure to clean and dry the area as soon as possible.
The best solution for a mouldy carpet: Professional carpet cleaning
Some of the methods above involve the use of harmful chemicals, others require more specific products and tools. That’s why we recommend you to make the wise choice by hiring professional carpet cleaners by Fantastic Services. Our trained and fully-equipped experts will identify the problem and then choose a method that will successfully remove the mould from your carpet. Do not risk your health and your carpet’s fibre and colour, book a professional carpet cleaning service now!
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Humidity is the main reason for a mouldy carpet.
Mould on your carpet can be very harmful to you and your family’s health.
Fungus tends to appear in summer and autumn.
Ventilate your room and reduce humidity to avoid mould growth.
Removing mould from a carpet is not easy, that’s why we recommend professional cleaning.
Have you ever had a mouldy carpet? Did you manage to get rid of it and how? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below!
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