How To Get Mould Out Of A Carpet

Friday 6th January 2023

Joanna Grimbley-Smith

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The dense fibres in carpets make them an ideal place for mould to grow and spread quickly. They also make it very hard to remove it. If you spot mould in your carpet, you must bring in professional cleaners to treat it as soon as possible, or it will need to be thrown out.

Here at ICE Cleaning, our technicians are mould removal specialists that can remove all of the mould spores from the surfaces and air in your property. They are available 24/7, 365 days a year, and can be on site in an emergency in a matter of hours.

Keep reading to find out what to do when you find mould growing in your carpet.

What causes mould to grow in carpets?

Mould is caused by excess moisture, and it thrives in humid conditions with little ventilation. It is often found in kitchens and bathrooms, on windowsills with condensation, and around leaky pipes. You can find out more about what causes mould here.

It normally grows in carpets that experience water damage or are installed in humid rooms. They also provide optimal conditions for mould to grow as they are difficult to dry out, and could contain substances it can feed off, like crumbs and dead bugs.

When a carpet gets wet, all moisture must be removed within 24 to 48 hours to minimise the chances of mould growth. However, if it was caused by flooding that contained sewage or contaminated water, the carpet must be disposed of.

Our technicians also provide water damage restoration services to prevent mould outbreaks in your home. We can remove any excess water, completely dry out your home, and restore it to its original condition.

Poor carpet cleaning habits might also be the culprit. When you don’t clean and dry your carpets and rugs regularly, or use too much liquid when you do, mould outbreaks can occur.

The signs of mould growth in carpets

Mould is hard to detect in carpets as it often grows underneath them and is not always as visible as dark spots or marks on a hard surface. But there are some indicators of an outbreak in a carpet:

  • A musty smell is coming from it
  • You or other residents are experiencing allergic reactions
  • Areas of the carpet are changing colour and turning green or black
  • When you lift the carpet, there is visible mould underneath it

As soon as you notice it in your property, you must have it removed immediately.

Why you should have mould treated as soon as possible

It can cause health problems

Mould is dangerous to be exposed to as it produces allergens and irritants, and in some cases, toxic substances. If you touch or inhale any spores, you could experience an allergic reaction, like sneezing, a runny nose, or skin rashes. It can even trigger asthma attacks.

Young children, the elderly, and people with pre-existing respiratory problems are particularly vulnerable to the effects of mould.

It can damage your property

Mould eats away at organic matter so it can degrade the fibres of carpets. If it was installed on wood, it will affect that, too. In extreme cases, it might cause structural damage to flooring, and could put residents at risk of injury.

How to treat mould in carpet

Although there are plenty of home remedies and products that claim to kill it, you should never attempt mould removal yourself.

This is mainly because it is very difficult to treat. Carpet is an absorbent surface, like wood and upholstery, which is full of crevices that mould can fill. Some spores will be tricky to reach and might survive a treatment.

It is also dangerous to try and clean it. If you scrub the spores or wipe down affected surfaces, you might disturb the mould and release spores up into the air. Not only could you inhale them, they could spread around the property and cause outbreaks elsewhere.

It is also likely you will only remove the surfacing spores, so the mould can continue to grow and spread.

Bring in professional cleaners to treat the mould

Only professionals with appropriate personal protective equipment, specialist products, and the right equipment should attempt to remediate mould. They will have the training and experience to remove all traces of it efficiently and safely, and get rid of any mould smell in the carpet.

The cleaners could even determine whether the carpet will need to be thrown out, and may be able to dispose of it for you.

Contact us today

Our Dewpoint-accredited technicians have years of experience treating mould on a range of surfaces, including walls, ceilings, and carpets. Our services also come with a lifetime guarantee*.

Get in touch on 0208 066 0360 or at enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk to book our mould remediation services.

*subject to advisories

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