How To Battle Mold & Mildew In Your Carpet
If mold and mildew have invaded your carpet and caused it to smell funky, you need to act right away. Here are a few different ways you can battle mold and mildew in your carpet.
A Little Moisture: Fight With Baking Soda
If you just recently noticed that your carpet is smelling a little funky and feeling a little damp, you can fight the dampness and prevent future mold growth with baking soda. Baking soda will remove the excess moisture that is contributing to the mold growth, and it should neutralize any odors.
Lightly sprinkle a layer of baking soda over the area of your carpet that feels damps where you think mold may be growing. Let the baking soda sit on your carpet for twelve to twenty-four hours, then vacuum it up.
If you don't have any baking soda, you can use talc-free baby powder instead of baking powder to achieve the same effect.
A Small Mold Patch: Fight With White Vinegar
If you notice a small patch of mold or mildew on your carpet, you can fight it with white vinegar. White vinegar is effective at killing most common species of mold found in homes.
Pour some white vinegar into a spray bottle, and mist the area where the mold is located. Then, take a strong scrub brush and scrub the area until the mold has been visibly removed. Wash the scrub brush with the white vinegar to kill any mold spores that may be on the brush.
Then, use a blow dryer to dry the area and remove all moisture. This will help kill the mold and will prevent the area from becoming moldy again. If the rug is movable, hang it up in a well-ventilated area to dry.
A Large Mold Patch: Hire Professional Help
If you have a large patch of mold on your carpets, you should hire a professional carpet cleaning service (like Harper's Carpet Cleaners) to remove the mold for you. They will clean your carpets with a strong anti-mold formula, and will dry your carpets for you.
Since mold spores can easily spread, they will likely clean your entire carpeted area in order to prevent the mold from spreading and growing somewhere else.
Determine if you have a little moisture in your carpet, a small mold patch or a large mold patch, and take appropriate action today. The longer you leave the mold untreated, the larger it will grow, so act quickly.