How to Prevent Mold Growth in Your Wet CarpetFebruary 7, 2018 10:30 am
As you probably know, a carpet isn’t usually supposed to get wet. However, this occurrence is more common than you might think; after all, big spills, storm flooding, and ruptured pipes are always a distant possibility.
Once the water has made its way to your floor, you need to start thinking about protecting your carpet’s fiber and padding. In just 24 to 48 hours, a wet carpet will become a perfect environment for unhealthy mold growth. In order to help you out, we’ve outlined two possible action plans for cleaning your carpet.
Cleaning Small Areas
If you’re lucky, the carpet will only be wet in some places. Of course, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t address the problem as quickly as possible. Heavy equipment won’t be necessary, but doing the job properly will require some vigorous scrubbing. Here is what you need:
• Old newspapers
• Baking soda
• Spirit vinegar
• Scrub brush
• Anti-fungal spray
Your first step should be to remove as much water as you can. To do this, spread old newspapers over any wet areas, and apply pressure to pick up the liquid. As the newspapers pick up moisture, replace them with new ones and keep repeating the process. Once most of the liquid is gone, sprinkle some baking soda over the now-damp spots and leave it overnight.
The next day, vacuum the carpet to absorb any residual moisture. Then, spray the carpet with spirit vinegar, scrub it with a stiff brush, and then blow dry the carpet. For a finishing touch, you can spray the carpet with an anti-fungal solution. During the next couple of days, ventilate the area by setting up the fans or running the air conditioner.
Cleaning an Entire Room
A word of advice: don’t try using a regular vacuum on a soaked carpet. Water and electricity don’t mix well, and they might even pose a risk to your personal safety. Instead, grab the following equipment:
• Wet-dry vacuum
• Table and window fans
• Dehumidifying equipment
• Carpet steam cleaner
First, empty the room by removing all furniture. Then, set your wet-dry vacuum to “dry,” and start going over the carpet by moving from wall to wall in straight lines. Once the carpet is reasonably damp, it’s time to start the drying process. Turn on your AC and dehumidifier, and follow it up by positioning additional fans inside the area. Leave the room in this state for a couple of days.
If everything goes it as it should, your carpet will be completely dry after several days. Finish the job off by having it steam cleaned and rinsed with clear water. Repeat the drying process for another couple of days, and you’re done.
Anytime your carpet is exposed to water it is important that you take the neccesary steps to prevent dangerous mold growth. We recommend that you always consults with a professional service to cleanup the water damage and test for mold outbreaks. Coastline Environmental Solutions offers reliable water damage restoration, mold testing and remediation, and carpet cleaning services, all under one roof! Get in touch today!
Vincent J. Attardo is the President/CEO of Coastline Environmental Solutions, Inc. He provides Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) investigations, mold and bacteria testing, water damage/mold remediation and repair, and is available for consultation and public speaking. For more information please visit www.coastlineclean.com. Readers may contact him at 800-847-3867 or email at [email protected]