Most of us have some carpet installed in our homes whether it is our bedroom, living room, or the closet. If the carpet gets mixed with water from a flood or leak, then it is most likely growing mold & salvaging such a carpet may not be worth it. Carpet cleaning will NOT kill the mold & home experts recommend destroying any carpet that has become soaked with water be ripped apart & thrown away. If wet carpeting is not removed, mold spores will continue to grow & spread over time to surrounding areas; something you want to avoid. Carpets soaked with lots of water become known as ‘mold farm.’
Black mold removal works best when the source of the moisture or mold is removed. If you follow the steps in our guide to Cleaning a Mold Problem in your Home, you will notice we say to remove the source of the Moisture in Step i). This is critical as it stops water from leaking & mold from growing rapidly. Such methods would work on tiles, hardwood floors, basement walls & the attic because they are thick and water does NOT soak in them. However, carpet is a thin material, and water gets easily soaked in it. Such creates great breeding grounds for mold as the mold is a fungus that grows on moist or damp places. Mold spores grow very rapidly in areas of excessive moisture including leakage that could have occurred in roofs, pipes, walls, plant pots, or areas where flooding has occurred including carpets.
If the carpet is not soaked with water & the flooding was due to a minor leak, it is better to remove the mold using mold killing techniques. This means you do not have to replace the entire carpet, which can get expensive. When removing mold from a carpet, here are the steps to follow:
- If your carpet is wall to wall, begin from the area where there is visible mold i.e. a stain or musty smell and fold the carpet.
- If there is padding underneath the carpet, be sure to remove it and check the floor for any moisture/water. If there is, dry it with a dehumidifier or an exhaust fan. See the image on the right if you don’t understand what padding is.
- Wash the floor with the Concrobium Mold Killing solution. Concrobium Mold Control Solution is the best liquid solution to kill mold. It contains no bleach, ammonia or VOCs. When this solution is sprayed on mold, it works as it dries, killing mold in the process. Then, dry this area with a piece of cloth and scrub it hard until it is clear & smell free.
- Next, you will want to dry out the carpeting to remove any moisture/wet liquid that is soaked in it. This is best done by placing several exhaust hot heater fans near the carpet to evaporate the moisture. During this process, be sure to wear goggles, long-sleeved dress & open your windows to let the moisture evaporate outside of the home.
- If you found fungus beneath the carpet in the padding area, remove the entire padding & replace it with a new one. It is not worth cleaning fungus, as it will re-grow fast.
- Lay the carpet down & scrub it with a vacuum cleaner that is HEPA certified. HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air, and a HEPA filter is one designed to trap particles as small as 3 microns in size as well as filter 99.97 percent of these particles out of the air.
Basic video going over how to clean mold stains in Carpets. Mold can develop around the edges of your carpet if you walk in to the door with dirty shoes, or if water reaches the edges of your carpet. She talks about sucking up all the dirt from the edges of the carpets using a suction device & drying the area. Then using a mold killing solution, kill the mildew using appropriate steps.