Carpet Mould

How to Eliminate Carpet Mould for Good

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Carpet Mould Basics

What causes mould growth on carpets?

Mould spores grow quickly on carpets because they absorb and retain moisture, creating a breeding ground for mould. Indoor humidity, leaks, excess moisture and condensation can contribute to mould growth.

If you spot any of the signs of mould growth in your carpets, it’s important to tackle it immediately. As well as the bacteria it carries, the damp that causes it can cause serious health problems, particularly for asthma sufferers. Additionally, mould can trigger allergic reactions, causing coughing, itchy eyes and even restricted airways in some allergy sufferers.

Identifying Carpet Mould

Mould typically appears in summer and autumn due to high humidity levels. As you begin to put your heating on in those early weeks of autumn or as humidity rises in the peak of the summer, keep an eye out for some of the most common signs of mould.

Common signs of mould include discolouration, a musty odour, and texture changes. The damp smell of mould is a dead giveaway, often described as sour or musty. If you spot any of these early signs of mouldy carpets, it may be worth gently lifting your carpet and carpet underlay in order to assess the problem properly.

 

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Safety Precautions

If you have confirmed the presence of mould spores and you’re ready to begin the mould removal process, it’s important to protect yourself from inhaling any product’s toxic fumes and chemicals used as well as the mould spores themselves.

Wear protective gear, including a facemask, eye protection, and rubber gloves. Wearing proper safety gear is essential when removing mould to avoid contact with cleaning products to prevent skin irritation.

 

Removing Mould from Carpet

Non-Chemical Methods to Kill Mould Spores

If you have natural carpets or you’d just like to try a gentle approach first, there are some at-home methods to get rid of mould and black mould spores without the use of chemicals such as steam cleaning, a wet vacuum or simple hot soapy water. However, one method seems the most popular way to remove mould stains and it uses products you probably have in your cupboard such as baking soda and white vinegar.

  1. Take a spray bottle and fill with a little white vinegar. Spray the affected area ensuring it is fully saturated and let it sit for at least one hour. (This is where your carpet’s ability to absorb moisture comes in handy!
  2. In your empty spray bottle, mix a cleaning solution of 2 parts water with one part baking soda, shake vigorously. Spray this directly onto the same area and scrub with a hard brush. Baking soda is a great stain remover as it helps to dislodge particles from the carpet fibres. Some more stubborn stains may require a more aggressive scrub. In this case, sprinkle baking soda (around half a cup) directly onto the wet carpet and scrub again. For more stubborn stains, you may want to use a steam cleaner to help with the process.
  3. Rinse the area with clean water.
  4. Give the area one last spray of vinegar mixture and leave to air dry (away from direct sunlight). Once dry, run a vacuum cleaner over the area. Don’t be tempted to spray fabric scents or try to get rid of the vinegar smell, this will fade on its own within a few hours.
  5. Top Tip: If you are an allergy sufferer, get a HEPA vacuum cleaner. A HEPA filter will help with removing mold spores and particles as well as other allergens and trap them

Chemical Methods to deep clean carpets

Some of those more natural methods to get rid of mould may be unsuccessful. If the stain has been there for quite some time or it covers a large area, steam cleaning and baking soda may not be enough. You may need to use cleaning solutions such as chlorine dioxide products and other carpet cleaning products. Always ensure there is proper ventilation when using chemical carpet cleaning products.

Please note: we strongly recommend using a professional carpet cleaner or damp specialist if your problem is particularly persistent.

  • Use a carpet cleaning solution or a solution of water and bleach to treat the affected area. Always test a small hidden area before applying.
  • Apply a carpet-cleaning detergent and scrub with a stiff brush or use a carpet cleaning machine.
  • Use an anti-mould, chlorine dioxide or antifungal spray to treat the mouldy area. Always follow manufacturer instructions.

Drying and Cleaning the Carpet

Importance of drying your carpet fully

Carpets are breeding grounds for moisture, mould and mildew. After cleaning, it is imperative that you dry the area fully. If air drying isn’t an option or is taking too long, try gently drying with a blow dryer or create airflow to speed up drying.

Open windows for proper airflow to remove mould spores. Fresh air is essential for removing mould and allowing your room to be properly ventilated

Preventing Future Mould Growth

Controlling Humidity and Moisture

  • Maintain a well-ventilated area to reduce and control humidity and moisture.
  • Regular carpet maintenance: cleaning and drying carpets can help prevent mould growth.
  • Address any moisture issues, such as burst pipe leaks or condensation.
  • Use cleaning products specifically designed for mould prevention.
  • Hire a damp specialist for mould remediation.

When to Seek Professional Help

If the mould problem is large or complex, consider hiring a professional contractor with expertise in mould remediation. A Mould & Condensation Survey could help find the root cause of the problem.

If the mould issue is under control but the staining from the black mould is too stubborn, professional carpet cleaning companies have the necessary equipment and expertise to remove mould and the very worst stains.

If you’re unsure about how to remove mould from your carpet, consider seeking professional help.

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