Many of us love decorating our homes with colourful carpets and rugs. Unfortunately, we often overlook the potential danger of carpet mold. Wall-to-wall carpeting and area rugs, in particular, are at high risk. The best way to eliminate a carpet mold problem is to call a professional mold removal company, such as the certified team of technicians at Mold Busters. Moreover, there are ways you can prevent carpet mold from developing in the first place.
Tips to Help You Prevent Mold from Growing in your Carpets and Rugs:
- Avoid using carpets in bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and other areas prone to moisture, wetness, or dampness.
- Minor mold growth on area rugs can be removed with detergent, water, and a steam-cleaning machine. In this case, it’s important to dry the carpet completely after cleaning to prevent the mold from growing back.
- Mold growth in small patches on carpets can also be removed by removing the moldy section of the carpet and replacing it with a new piece of carpeting.
- Reduce the number of furnishings around the moldy carpet. This minimizes the chances of them absorbing moisture, and thus that of further mold growth.
- Any water-damaged furnishings around the carpet such as mattresses or sofas should also be disposed of properly during a carpet mold removal.
- If large areas of carpet become moldy, the best solution is to remove and dispose of the entire carpet or rug.
- Reduce indoor humidity by using dehumidifiers. Relative humidity inside a home should be between 30 per cent and 60 per cent.
- Use high-quality carpets. These days, it’s possible to find solid, rubber-slab carpet padding that has antimicrobial properties. Although it can be expensive, it’s worth it as it is able to protect against mold growth in conditions of high humidity.
- When cleaning carpets, use a vacuum cleaner and avoid getting the carpet wet. If, by any chance, it does come into contact with water or any other liquid, dry it thoroughly.
- If you notice a musty odour or discoloration on your carpet, call for mold testing or air quality testing immediately. Make sure that your samples are sent to an accredited lab for complete analysis.
- Install an effective HVAC (air conditioning) system in rooms that have carpets. Proper ventilation lowers the humidity levels and the temperature.
- Clean your carpets at least once a week to protect against carpet mold growth. Researchers have found that, in addition to moisture, dirt is a big catalyst for mold growth.
- Replace your organic carpeting (made out of wool) with inorganic, man-made carpeting such as nylon or olefin, to help prevent mold growth.
- Find the source of the mold or moisture and fix the problem or eliminate the source – perhaps there is a leaky pipe.
- Remove any wet carpeting immediately and allow it to dry completely. Before placing the carpet back, make sure the floor underneath is dry. HEPA vacuuming, after drying the floor and before putting the carpet back, is also a good idea.