Prevent Mold Growth on Carpets

News & Information > Prevent Mold Growth on Carpets
1/19/2018
Carpets can harbor a lot of dirt if not regularly cleaned – this goes for both residential and commercial properties. But, did you know your carpet can also serve as a host to mold growth?

Mold needs three major factors to thrive: warm temperatures, moisture and organic material for food. These conditions must also be present for several days to allow mold to grow. Since most carpets are made of synthetic material, you are likely in the clear. However, if your carpet is harboring dirt – specifically organic material – a simple spill could create the perfect environment for mold growth.

So, how do you prevent mold from growing in your carpet?

First – keep it clean. Did you know average household dirt is roughly 40% organic? That means an unclean carpet can likely provide the food mold needs to grow. Vacuuming is a key component in removing dirt thereby preventing mold growth. Other measures of preventative maintenance include spot cleaning and shampooing.

Keep your carpet dry is just as important as keeping it clean. This can be especially tricky in the winter months when snow is tracked into the home. To prevent dampness, encourage shoe and boot removal at your entry door. Place footwear onto a rubber mat where the melting snow can collect. Should the carpet become wet, soak up excess water with an absorbent towel. Or, if you have one, use a shop vac. Then direct a fan at the wet spot to quicken drying.

Lastly, having your carpets professionally cleaned will help prevent mold growth. According to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), a good rule of thumb is to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. This will also help extend the life of your carpet as well as remove dirt that has become lodged into the carpet fibers.

If a carpet is kept clean and dry, you will significantly reduce the likelihood of mold growth.

Cleantec aims to offer helpful information to our clients and friends. Learn more about how we can help should your residence suffer from mold damage. Sign-up for our newsletter to receive helpful information and tips on how to protect your property from fire, water and mold damage.
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