How to Get Rid of Carpet Mold

How to Get Rid of Carpet Mold
Removing mold from carpet can be a daunting task, but if you use this reference guide, you may be able to restore your carpet back to a clean state without having to pay for costly carpet replacement or repairs. Mold on carpet causes an unpleasant, musty smell that may worsen conditions such as allergies or asthma, so it's important to address the issue properly.
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Always take caution when working with mold or contact your local mold remediation specialists before handling severe mold. Remember, mold is hazardous to your health and may require a professional.

What you need:
  • Protective wear: facemask, goggles, elbow-length cleaning gloves, protective clothing
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Stiff carpet brush
  • Dry carpet cleaning product
  • Dry carpet cleaning machine
  • Anti-fungal spray or solution such as Vital Oxide spray 

How do you get rid of carpet mold?

  1. Before beginning, put on protective clothing and a facemask to lower your risk of breathing in airborne mold spores that can make you sick.
  2. Open windows to encourage appropriate ventilation.
  3. First, prepare your carpets for cleaning. If you're working with a rug, remove the rug and work outside.
  4. Use a stiff carpet brush to loosen surface layers of mold from the top layer of the carpet. You may also hit surrounding floors that look like they have some mold growth during this step.
  5. Thoroughly vacuum carpets to get rid of any surface dirt.
  6. Next, you'll want to use a dry carpet cleaner to completely clean the mold.
  7. To use Host:
        1. Apply about nine handfuls of Host powder to a 10-foot by 10-foot area of carpet.
        2. Apply additional Host powder on highly damaged areas and high foot traffic areas like entranceways and hallways, and less in areas where people don't walk.
        3. Try not to place Host powder in areas where there is no soil, like in corners or closely along the walls.
        4. Brush Host through the carpet using the Host Dry-Clean Machine. Go over the carpet a total of three times with the machine.
        5. After an hour, thoroughly vacuum the carpet.
  8. Place a dehumidifier in the room to help the carpet dry out. Leave it running for a few days following your cleaning to get rid of any remaining mold spores and to encourage completely dry carpet fibers.
  9. Clean your vacuum, carpet brush and carpet cleaning machine using an anti-fungal solution to ensure that residual spores are killed.
Lastly, you'll want to make sure your indoor environment is not encouraging the quick growth of mold. Consider investing in a dehumidifier if the room is prone to moisture. This is especially important in basements, bathrooms and kitchens. Remember to never allow standing water on the floors and clean regularly with anti-fungal carpet cleaners like Host and Vital Oxide spray. If you have any questions about the products we carry here at 1877FloorGuy or need floor cleaning advice, give us a call at 1-877-Floor-Guy (1-877-356-6748).