Mold on Carpets

Mold on your carpet may seem like just another household cleaning nuisance, but household molds, especially black mold, can cause grave health concerns. Molds found in walls and carpets can compromise the health of children and adults with immune system issues, but can also be a problem for even the healthiest of adults. Sufferers experience cold and allergy-like symptoms with runny noses, skin rashes and sore throats. Some may have a more severe reaction, developing dangerous respiratory problems, like bronchitis or asthma. Black mold can also cause respiratory bleeding in infants, sometimes resulting in death.

Mold on your carpet is often impossible to clean up. The mold may grow not just on the carpet, but also down into the padding that lies between the carpet and the sub-flooring of your home.  If you see mold on your carpet, it is often best to contact a professional carpet cleaner, or if the mold is severe enough, there are companies that exist solely to help people get rid of mold in their homes. Sometimes, the carpet cannot be cleaned to any sort of standard that will promote good health and will have to be replaced, though sometimes the carpet can be cleaned and the affected areas of the padding replaced.

Mold needs moisture to grow and therefore homes that are damp or have experienced flooding are excellent breeding grounds for mold in carpets. Companies that deal with mold removal also help determine if there were any overt environmental factors that caused the mold.  In order to prevent the mold from coming back onto a cleaned or new carpet, the cause has to be addressed. Sometimes it can be as easy as reducing the humidity in the house. A severe mold growth can be caused by something as minor as a small crack in a house’s sub-flooring.  Mold is likely to return unless the environmental factors that permitted it to grow are addressed.

If you cannot contact a professional immediately to deal with the mold on your carpet, there are some cleaning tips that can help deal with the situation, provided it is only in a small area, until a professional can advise you or you can replace your carpeting. In doing this, all due precautions must be taken to ensure that you do not inhale mold spores or allow the spores to spread in the air in your home. Wear protective clothing and masks, turn off all ventilation in the house, such as air conditioning or fans, and do this only after any elderly persons, children or people with compromised immune systems are out of the home.

Scrub the carpet thoroughly with a stiff-bristled scrubbing brush with soap and water. Rinse the area well, using a wet-dry vacuum to remove excess water. Let the area dry. If the mold returns, you need to repeat this process and then treat the area with a diluted bleach solution, then rinsing and letting the floor dry. This method is not 100% effective and does not address the greater problem of how the mold grew in the first place. It is still a very good idea to contact a professional carpet cleaner or mold clean-up crew if you find mold on your carpet.

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