How To Banish Black Mold From Your Carpet

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Mold spores are naturally found in the air. All they need to thrive is a damp spot on the carpet and some dust to feed on. Because carpets are often dusty and prone to moisture, they are magnets for mold growth, particularly when the carpeting is located in basements and other areas of the home where damp conditions persist. One of the most dangerous types of mold to have in your home is black mold. If you have this type of fungus in your carpet, it’s in the best interest of your health to clean it up.

 

Why Remove Black Mold?

When black mold breaks down on a surface, it can turn toxic. In addition to causing common allergic reactions, this substance can lead to:

  • respiratory ailments
  • eye irritation
  • breathing problems
  • headaches, fatigue and tiredness
  • persistent coughing
  • skin rashes and irritation
  • digestive issues
  • nausea and vomiting
  • lowered immune system
  • bladder and kidney discomfort

In some instances, prolonged exposure to black mold can affect the nervous system and cause mental issues. For some people, overexposure to certain strains of black mold can lead to death. The symptoms are typically worse for those with compromised immune systems.

Steps to Remove Carpet Mold

Before you start the removal process, inspect the area to see how widespread the damage is. If the carpet is riddled with mold, you may either have to hire a professional to clean it, or get rid of the rug altogether. Black mold is dark in color and usually forms a circular pattern on the affected surface. On carpet, it may appear dry and caked on.

If the level of mold is less than 10 square feet, you can roll up your sleeves and clean it up yourself.

  1. Put on protective gloves, a long-sleeved shirt and pants to keep the mold spores from coming into contact with your skin. Also, wear properly fitted goggles to keep the spores out of your eyes.
  2. Soak up any excess water on your carpet with a wet/dry vacuum.
  3. Mix a solution of one cup of white vinegar, a half-gallon of warm water, and two to three drops of dishwashing liquid in a large plastic container. Double the ingredients if you need more solution.
  4. Dip a sponge in the mixture and scrub the carpet vigorously until the mold is gone. Work with one section at a time so that you do a thorough job cleaning the entire mold-infested area.
  5. Fill a container with clean water, dip a clean cloth in the water, ring out the excess and use it to blot the vinegar mixture out of the carpet.
  6. Open the windows and put a fan near the cleaned area so that it blows on the damp carpet. This will help dry the area. In addition, consider putting a dehumidifier in the damp space of your home to reduce moisture and minimize the risk of mold coming back.

Carpet mold is dangerous and it can put your family at risk for a number of health issues. If you allow this fungus to stick around, it will spread throughout your carpet and to your walls and cause bigger issues. If your carpet needs a more detailed cleaning to remove the fungus, a professional carpet cleaner may be more equipped to tackle the job.

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