If any area of your home has recently been plagued by carpet mold, you may be wondering how to go about getting rid of it. If so, read on to learn everything you'll need to know about making your home's carpets mold-free.
Step 1 - Prep Your Carpet
Before you can purge your carpet mold, you'll need to thoroughly clean the mold-infested carpet. Begin this step by using a vacuum cleaner to remove any dust from the carpeted area. Once the area has been vacuumed, spray it down with a commercial carpet cleaner, then proceed to wipe it clean with the aid of sponge or washcloth. Make sure the area has had ample time to dry before proceeding with the next step. If you have access to one, a wet/dry vac can dramatically speed up the drying process.
Step 2 - Apply Your Cleaning Solution
Now that your carpet has been cleaned and vacuumed, you're ready to prepare your cleaning solution. Begin by combining 1 gallon of water with 1 cup of bleach in a clean bucket. This homemade cleaning solution can also be effective in cleaning mold off of hard surfaces. Next, soak a sponge or washcloth in your cleaning solution and thoroughly wipe down any stained areas of your carpet. You'll now need to allow your cleaning solution to sit for 15 to 20 minutes before proceeding to rinse it. If your mold-laden carpet is removable, you may want to move it outside before proceeding to clean it.
When working with bleach for extended periods of time, it is recommended that you wear a breathing mask and a protective pair of rubber gloves. In addition, make sure the area in which you are performing the task is well-ventilated in order to protect yourself from the fumes. If your carpet mold deposits are exceptionally stubborn, make a point of taking periodic breaks. If you're particularly weak against bleach fumes, take longer, more frequent breaks.
Step 3 - Rinse Your Cleaning Solution
Having given your cleaning solution ample time to set in, you're ready to begin rinsing it. If you're performing this job indoors, use a clean sponge or washcloth to apply water to any mold-laden areas and proceed to wipe away your carpet mold deposits. If you're performing this job outdoors, you can use a garden hose to thoroughly rinse your carpet.
Once you've gotten rid of any carpet mold deposits, use a clean cloth to fully dry your freshly cleaned carpet. Again, if you own a wet/dry vac, this can be a very useful tool with which to fully dry surfaces. Make sure to dry the carpet completely, as dampness and moisture are among the most common causes of carpet mold. If any mold remains on the carpet, repeat steps 2 and 3. Alternatively, you may want to call in a mold removal specialist or consider replacing the carpet.