The mold is the visible part of the fungus and looks like little hairs in both food and tissues. It is with which we must be careful both at the health level (especially allergic) and textile care because they can damage our carpets. Ignoring the mold on the carpet will only lead to worsening the problem. Sometimes we take out the carpet where we kept it a year before or move a piece of furniture, and we find that it smells damp. Or we even see some mold on our carpet. If this has happened to you and you want to prevent or correct it, this is your article because we explain How to remove mold from carpeting.
Even if we take all of the above precautions, we may still see mold rustling through a rug or fabric. Unlike a piece of fruit, on a mat, we cannot remove the affected part with a knife. Other methods must be used.
Although it may sound radical (in a way it is), greatly reducing the temperature of the carpet kills any fungus. But we cannot always lower the temperature below 5ºC for a long time at home. An alternative is a freezer, as long as we follow some steps that avoid breaking the tissue.
Freezers lower the temperature, but if there is humidity inside them, the water will crystallize, breaking the fibers of the carpet. So there are three important precautions to take:
That the carpet is not crushed, if we see that it does not fit, we will resort to other methods.
That the temperature does not rise within the freezer of 5ºC, but that it does not drop below 2ºC. This can be achieved using a thermometer before inserting the carpet.
The freezer is defrosted and free of moisture before inserting the carpet.
Once the freezer is dry and at a low temperature, we can safely put the mat and leave it for five to ten hours. After removing it, we must not unfold it, leave it in warm air until it reaches room temperature, carefully shake it, vacuum, wash, and dry it in this order.
Unfortunately, if the mushroom was widespread, we may see small fragments fall from the carpet. These were already lost to mold.
Most often, our carpet has a moldy corner or a small stain where the liquid has fallen or where a furniture leg was resting. There are several methods, but the most used is the heat from the sun or a dryer because it is unlikely to have a UV lamp at home.
Our carpet will benefit from a session of grape rays at our expense to be perfect if we have it. If not, the most reliable and least damaging method is to place the carpet spread out in the sun for days.
If this is not possible, it can help to use a hairdryer and direct the heat directly to the stain for a few minutes. We will have killed the fungus after repeating the procedure for a time (depends on the type of mold, the power of the fan, or the temperature). However, this can be very damaging to the tissues, and it is recommended to use the sun before.
Carpets or rugs that are not on the walls or permanently attached can be cleaned to remove mold. It is best to speak to a professional carpet cleaning service or mold removal professionals. Make sure they know how to remove mold from carpets and rugs and that they are experienced. You could remove the rugs and send them to them for professional cleaning and drying.
If you want to try to clean the mold yourself from your carpets and non-fixed carpets, you must first take them outside. For example, on the roadway and water both sides.
Next, use a mold killer or cleaning solution on the moldy area of the carpet and remove the mold. When you’re done, you should rinse the carpet well.
Use a vacuum cleaner on the mat, if you have one, to help dry faster when you’ve rinsed it off. Then let the mat dry in the sun, making sure both sides are completely dry. You should only tuck the carpet back into your house if it is perfectly dry everywhere.
When the mat is dry, vacuum it with HEPA to remove any mold spores that may have been left behind. Hitting the mat on a string when dry also removes mold spores, dirt, and dust off the mat.
Our carpets are part of the decoration of the house, and they deserve the same care as our clothes, furniture, or parquet. Hence we are concerned about humidity or mold (their consequences).