Worried about mold under your carpet?
Mold and mildew can hide underneath your flooring for years without you even knowing. If you’ve recently experienced a flood, ceiling leak, or even excessive humidity, then it might be a good idea to check under that carpet!
We probably don’t need to tell you this, but mold can have some serious impacts on your health, so if you suspect your carpets or floors might have a mold problem, you’ll want to take care of it right away.
Let’s talk about some tell-tale signs that you might have mold under your carpet, what you can do about it, and how you can prevent mold under carpets from happening again.
3 Tell-Tale Signs That Your Carpet Has Mold
There are a couple of ways you might be able to recognize mold under carpets so that you can take action before it gets too far:
- Damp Carpet- If you have recently cleaned your carpet either professionally or on your own, and your carpet has stayed pretty damp for several days now, it might be worth checking your floors for mold. Mold can begin to grow within just a few days, and if your carpets and carpet backing have been overly-saturated, there is certainly a higher chance of mold growth under those puppies.
- Mildewy Odors- Mold and overly-saturated carpets are often followed by a mildewy smell. You may not be able to recognize this on your own, as you spend most of your time in your home. However, having a friend or family member come over and give your home a sniff could do the trick. If your home is smelling musty, it might be time for a mold test.
- Discoloration- When enough mold has grown on or underneath your carpets, you will likely see discolored patches on your carpet. These spots are typically white, black, or various shades of green.
If you suspect there’s mold under carpets, you can try checking yourself with a mold test kit or have some experts come out to test it for you.
Mold test kits work by testing the airflow across the carpet. If there are any mold spores in your carpet, then they will land on the testing kit and multiply to give you clear results! You can find these reliable babies for cheap at your nearest home improvement store.
What Can You Do About Mold Under Carpets?
There are some DIY methods to getting mold out of your carpets and floors, however, we wouldn’t suggest it.
Mold likes to grow in dark dank places, which often include the tiny pores within your carpet fibers, upholstery fibers, wood grains, porous tile and tile grout, the concrete floor base, drywall, etc., the list goes on!
These items are extremely difficult to remove mold from. Though it might hurt the soul to say it, these porous items may have to be thrown out and replaced.
That is why we suggest having a mold remediation company take care of the problem. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.
These companies will first assess the mold, contain the mold, air filtrate the area, remove the mold and mold-infested items, and restore/replace any items that might have been damaged by the mold.
What Can You Do To Prevent Mold Under Carpets?
While you can’t always prevent natural or coincidental things from occurring, such as floods, leaks, and plumbing issues, there are some ways you can keep your carpets clean without being worried about over-saturation.
First things first– no more cleaning carpets yourself with a shampooer. This can cause some definite over-saturation, not to mention sticky residue that mold can hunker down in.
Find a professional carpet cleaner who can clean your carpets without flooding them, and that doesn’t use harsh products like soaps, detergents, or chemicals that cause damage and residue.
Sounds impossible doesn’t it?
At Zerorez® Tucson, we don’t use soap or harsh chemicals. Instead, we use electrolyzed oxidated water – or Powered Water® – which is even more powerful than soap, yet safe enough to drink.
Our cleaning process is safe for pets, kids, and the prevention of mold build-up. We leave significantly less water behind on your carpets than any of our competitors.
The ZR Wand™ is specially designed to deliver our Powered Water® where it is needed (your carpet fibers) without going past the carpet backing.
We are able to clean your floors with enough pressure to knock that dirt and grime loose from your carpets, while simultaneously suctioning that dirty water back out. This leaves carpets clean and drying faster than ever!
No mold here my friend!
Again, if you suspect your carpets or floors might have a mold problem, you’ll want to take care of it right away. Try checking yourself with a mold test kit or have some experts come out to test it for you!
Good luck and stay safe out there!
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