How to Prevent Mildew on Wet Carpet
Whether you live in a high-humidity area or have experienced some unexpected flooding, preventing carpet mildew is important to maintaining the quality of your floors. To minimize the likelihood of mildew and mold growth, follow these tips from 1877FloorGuy.
- To prevent mold and mildew, a room's humidity levels should be between 30 and 65 percent, and the temperature should hover around 60 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
- If you live in a humid environment or experience high seasonal humidity, use a dehumidifier to lower the humidity levels in a room. Running a dehumidifier in wet basements or kitchens with carpeting is essential for mildew prevention.
- If you experience unexpected moisture in carpeted rooms following flooding or high humidity, ensure that there's proper air circulation in the room with fans and open windows.
- If your carpet gets wet, you'll need to remove the excess moisture to ensure that mold and mildew do not develop. If possible, pull the carpet back and let it dry. You'll also want to dry out the carpet's padding. In extreme cases, you may need to replace the carpet pad if it becomes spongy.
Visit 1877FloorGuy's carpet and rug care page to find carpet cleaning products - including dry carpet cleaners - that will help address mildew odors after you've dried your carpets.