Restoring Your Classic Chevy

How To Remove Mold And Mold Stains From Your Carpet

by Neil Craig

Mold is a health hazard and should be removed from your home wherever you find it. It can be harder to remove mold from carpet than something like tile or dry wall because of how mold spores can hide deep down within the carpet, but it's possible to clean and remove without having to replace your carpet completely. Even after mold is removed it can leave stains behind, but those can usually be cleaned up as well using a homemade stain cleaner.

Preparation

Because mold can spread quickly, you need to make sure that the spores can't travel very far. Shut off your home's heater or air conditioner to prevent the spores from traveling through your ventilation system, then close off the room. If the affected room has windows and doors to the outside, you can open these, but you should only do so if it's not humid; humidity can hinder your efforts.

Set up a dehumidifier in the room and set it as high as it can go. It's important that everything remain as dry as possible through the cleaning process.

Cleaning And Moisture Removal

To remove the mold from your carpet, the mold has to be killed first. This can be done using a few different chemical mixes. You can use a disinfectant spray, as well as rubbing alcohol or a mixture of vinegar and water. Soak the affected area of the carpet using this mix, making sure that it gets deep into the carpet to kill all the mold.

After this, use a carpet shampooing vacuum to clean the carpet as well as remove as much of the moisture as possible. You can even use this vacuum just to remove moisture, but while you have chemicals in your carpet, it's a good idea to use a carpet cleaner to rinse it all out. Pass over the cleaned area multiple times to suck out as much moisture as possible.

Stain Cleaning

If the mold in your carpet leaves a stain, you can take care of it before you use the vacuum shampooer. Mold stains can generally be removed using a simple mixture of dishwashing liquid and water. You don't need to soak the carpet in this mix; instead, take a toothbrush or hard-bristle brush, soak it in the mix, then scrub your carpet with it. The stain should come out in just a few minutes. If you need to, use more dishwashing liquid in the mix until it's strong enough to remove the stain.

When the stain is gone, use the carpet shampooer to clean and rinse the carpet, then remove as much moisture as possible.

Followup

Even though a carpet shampooer is good at removing moisture, it helps to play it safe. Keep the dehumidifier running and set up a fan to blow air directly onto the damp area of carpet until it is completely dry all the way down. Even if you've used harsh chemicals to clean the area, mold can still come back.

If you're worried that the mold may have spread, hire a mold remediation service like Authorized Services to inspect the rest of your house. If you don't want to spend the money just yet, keep a close eye on everything in the room, as well as other parts of your house. You can also wash all clothes in the area and use the carpet shampooer on the rest of the room, as well as furniture.

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