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How to Remove Mould and Mildew from your Carpet

Date posted: 24 November 2016

Mould can cause damage to carpets and your health, particularly if you have asthma, allergies or a compromised immune system, and it produces an unpleasant, musty smell – so it's important to clean carpets regularly to get rid of it.

Here's how to do it:

  1. Start by vacuuming up as much of the mould or mildew as you can. (Note: Always replace the vacuum bag or empty the collection container immediately afterwards, preferably outside. If the collection container is washable, rinse with hot water and bleach to kill off any remaining mould or mildew.)
     
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix two cups of cool water with one tablespoon of washing up liquid (or liquid clothes detergent) to create a cleaning solution.
     
  3. Beat the solution to make it foamy.
     
  4. Gently blot the foam onto the mould or mildew, repeating as necessary until the mark has gone – but using only as much as you need to in order to remove the stain (without over-wetting the carpet).
     
  5. Using a clean cloth and a little bit of cold water, sponge the area again – just to remove all of the cleaning solution (again, using as little water as possible).
     
  6. Blot the area as dry as possible using a dry cloth.
     
  7. Because mould and mildew thrive in damp environments, use a hair dryer on a cool setting to help dry the carpet completely. Alternatively, set up some fans on the carpet area to aid the drying process. This will ensure that not only the carpet's surface but also its backing and underlay are dried out completely – helping to prevent the return of mould / mildew.

Even after you have successfully shifted all of the visible mould or mildew from your carpet, be aware that there will still be some microscopic spores remaining in the carpet fibres. These can grow very quickly, particularly if the environment is warm with even a little bit of moisture - so it's important to keep an eye on the situation and re-clean it regularly.

If the mould or mildew has managed to spread deep within the carpet's backing or underlay, there is no way of removing it, so you will need to replace the carpet. Obviously , it is important to change the moisture levels in the room before doing this, or your new carpet could quickly become mouldy as well.

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