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Mold and Carpeting

Carpeting can provide the perfect breeding ground for mold.  Mold requires moisture and organic material on which to feed and a carpet after a spill or leak can provide the perfect place for a mold colony to take up residence.  A simple wipe up or vacuuming will likely be insufficient to battle the development of mold if the affected carpeting is not thoroughly dried.  If mold in a small area is suspected, it is best, as a do-it-yourself measure, to use a steam cleaner as the heat will help kill the mold and the cleaner will extract moisture from the carpet.  Again, measures must be taken to quickly and thoroughly dry the carpet before mold is able to re-establish.

For more serious mold within a carpet, or worse, in the padding, professional measures may be taken but even then, the carpeting and padding often need to be taken up and replaced.  It is best to consult a professional mold remediation service BEFORE mold is allowed to grow within fixed carpeting. If a large spill or leak occurs, measures must be taken immediately, particularly if the padding and sub-flooring are affected. Remember too that it is possible to replace only sections of carpeting to avoid the expense of a full-scale removal and replacement.  Professional carpet installers can do this for you and provide a seamless or very near seamless result (except for the fact that the new area will likely be brighter initially due to the lack of foot traffic).

Mold removal from area rugs can often be more successful as it is simpler to thoroughly dry these rugs after permeating them with a mold killing disinfectant.  Area rugs can be removed to the outdoors to dry in the sun, which will also assist in the killing of mold spores.  Mold killing solutions should be thoroughly rinsed from the carpeting and once completely dried, the carpet should be carefully vacuumed to remove any mold spores that may have survived.  A vacuum with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter is best used to prevent spreading the mold through the air of the home.

In summary, protect carpeting against mold by cleaning up large spills and leaks as soon as possible, ensuring that the carpeting, padding, and sub-flooring are thoroughly dried.  If mold is growing within a small area of carpeting, have that section of carpeting replaced to prevent further spread.  Contact a professional mold remediation service if the cause of that mold is unknown or if the mold cannot be completely removed from the subflooring by do-it-yourself methods.  The cost of professional mold remediation can be much less than the cost of repairs and carpet and flooring replacement that is not uncommon with mold problems.

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