How to Remove Carpet Moldby Alana Morein
Almost everyone that has experienced some sort of flooding knows that most carpets that have been contaminated with mold are not worth salvaging, especially if they have been contaminated with black mold. But, there are some instances where you can remove carpet mold as long as it’s not severe.
How to Remove Carpet Mold
• If it’s wall-to-wall carpeting you’ll need to lift it up from the tack strip in the area where the moisture problem has occurred and mold growth now remains. Begin at the corner of the carpeting where it’s closest to the water damage mold and fold it back onto itself.
• Next, remove the padding that is underneath the carpeting, and check the floor beneath it. If there is any moisture under the floor, you’ll need to allow it to dry before laying more padding on the floor. To speed up the process you can use a fan or dehumidifier for drying. You’ll also want to wash the floor down with a mold and mildew remover using a scrub brush and allow the floor to dry.
• Next you’ll want to use that same product (unless the manufacturer suggests otherwise) on the carpeting and on the underside of it as well. Let it set according to the manufacturer’s directions and then use a scrub brush to really get down into the core of the fibers. Continue the process until no more mold is visible.
• Now you’ll want to use that same product, again letting it set for the time allowed by the manufacturer’s instructions. Then, using a rag wipe away any remaining moldy residue. Make sure every time you use the rag you are using a clean area of the rag (or a new rag) for each wipe. Otherwise, you’re just going to contaminate the area again.
• Your next step is to dry out the carpeting. If it’s possible try to find a wet vacuum to get it done faster. If you don’t have a way of getting a wet vacuum you should place several fans near the carpet to speed the drying time.
• Next you will need to apply a new layer of padding, and new tack strip if there were any signs of fungus present. You can then lay the carpeting back down and vacuum (preferably with a HEPA vacuum) to clean up any remaining dirt and dust that could be trapped in the fibers.
• And finally, you’ll need to keep an eye on the area of carpeting where the moldy growth was to assure that a future problem does not occur.
On a final note, if the above method to remove carpet mold isn’t effective, you will have to throw it out. This might seem like an expensive waste, but in the long run, it will actually save you money. It’s better to get rid of the carpet than be faced with a lot of hospital bills, contracting bills, remodeling bills or even needing to buy a new home. And why take the risk of an unhealthy environment in the first place? So if necessary, ditch the carpeting and believe me you’ll feel a whole lot better in the end.