Carpets suffer from mould just any other surface or material. Mould is a fungus which once formed, starts eating away at the carpet fibres, which is evident by change of colour and texture, as well as the specific ‘rotting’ odour mould gives off. If fitted carpets have been damp or wet for more than forty eight hours, or if the affected area is larger than two square metres it is advisable to consult with a professional carpet cleaning technician. Deal with the cause of moisture and dampness first i.e. fix any leaky pipes or loose closing windows before removing mould from the carpet, otherwise the problem will reoccur in a matter of days.
Carpet mould removal in ten easy steps:
- Get kitted out – it is advisable to use a facemask when dealing with mould as you don’t want to be breathing in any spores floating about in the air, this is especially important for people suffering from allergies and respiratory problems;
- Ideally, you should close doors leading to other parts of the house while dealing with mould so that spores cannot float around the house, but make sure to have any doors and windows leading outside fully open for aeration;
- If the carpet is removable, by all means take it outside and let it sundry for at least forty eight hours, this will kill off much of the mould and help you remove it completely;
- If the carpet is fitted (provided you don’t wish to use professional cleaners) lift about fifty centimetres of carpet around the affected area, and begin drying out with a blow dryer, a fan or the blow function of a vacuum cleaner. Remember to remove any damp padding or insulation beneath the carpet;
- Using a stiff/hard bristled brush work over the mouldy areas of carpet, manually removing any bits and pieces of mould clinging to strands. Do this on top side and bottom side of the carpet. Complete the process by thorough vacuuming and/or steam cleaning the affected areas of carpet, and the floor beneath it;
- Apply a generous amount of anti-mould spray over the affected area, don’t spare it as it you need the product working its way deep between fibres, all the way to the carpet’s base. If possible apply the spray on both sides of the carpet. Choose a suitable spray product as per the type of carpet;
- Most mould eradication sprays are to be left in the carpet so do not rinse or wash out the product after application. If removing mould from removable carpet, apply a suitable antifungal product to the section of flooring underneath the mouldy carpet;
- After treating all areas of carpet and flooring with the respective product, let everything air dry, do not wash or remove antifungal products;
- While drying carpets and flooring after applying mould removal products, it is advisable to run a humidifier in the room for about two days (if such piece of equipment is available to you).
- Complete the whole process by thoroughly washing out and sanitising all cleaning equipment so that no fungal spores are spread to other areas of the house;