How to get Mold and Mildew out of Carpet

With all the rain we had last week and the forecast for rain today we thought we would talk about water damage to your carpet. When carpet, especially the padding, has been exposed to water, the situation needs immediate response to avoid mold and mildew build-up and staining.

Follow the below steps and you might be able to avoid the expense of carpet replacement.

Prevention of Mold and Mildew in Carpet
There are a few steps you should take to prevent mold and mildew growth. 1. First control the dampness in the house. Avoid laundering, boiling water, and bathing without adequate ventilation because these activities could add up to 3 gallons of water to the air. 2. Dry the air by lowering the humidity with a commercial dehumidifier. Also lowering the temperature in the room by setting the a/c to the coolest setting will also help to dry the air. 3. It is also important to circulate the air by using fans and opening the windows. This will let the moisture escape and help to alleviate the musty smell. It is also a good idea to also get air to flow under the carpet to make sure moisture doesn’t get trapped underneath it.

There are a few ways to help speed up the process of drawing the moisture out of your carpet. First use a wet/dry vacuum to suck up most of the excess water. There are two chemical option Arm and Hammer baking soda that you can usually find in your frig or a product called cat sand (diatomaceous earth) which is available at warehouse stores like Costco or at swimming pool retail stores. Spread on of these products all over wet area of the carpet. Make sure you put a generous amount over the area, spread it with a broom or a rake. Leave it on the carpet for a day or so and then vacuum it up. This should help to get the smell and absorb the moisture out of the carpet.

Removal of Mold and Mildew from Carpet
If you see mold or mildew, we suggest you have the carpet professionally picked up and transported to a plant to get carpet deodorized and cleaned.

If professional services are not available, you need to act quickly. Mold can develop quickly within 24-36 hours in ideal conditions. Using a hot water extraction unit, vacuum the carpet until no more water can be removed. Then lay the carpet in the sun if possible an upside down so the carpet can dry without drawing the stains to the surface. Then spread Borax over the entire area that is affected. Borax should slow down the growth and even kill some mold spores.

Once the sub-flooring and the rug are dry, re-install it. If the musty order persists in the padding or the rug it is best to replace it.