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Mold – 6 Steps for Preventing Carpet Mold

Items made of fabric are some of the most difficult things from which to remove mold. In fact, in many cases it can be virtually impossible, to mitigate mold and mildew on carpeting, for example. In comparison, it is much easier to remove mold from hard surfaces. So, what are some simple strategies for preventing mold and mildew from destroying your carpet and even reaching down to the floor beneath it? Prevention is the key to halting the accumulation of mold on your carpet and for possibly preventing you from needing floor repair done to your home as well. We recommend to homeowners a proactive approach to protecting this very important investment in their homes. Here are some simple steps for stopping mildew before it claims your carpet.

  • Prevent mildew by quickly mitigating water damage: Red Cross officials have seen the aftermath of many floods. They recommend that you have your carpet dried thoroughly after a flood to prevent mold from setting in. We can do this as well as water extraction carpet cleaning to protect and extend the life of yoMoldur carpet.
  • Use a dehumidifier: Excessive moisture aids the growth of mold and mildew. Dehumidifiers help dry the air out and limit the growth of mold and mildew. They also shorten the drying time for floors and coverings that have been damaged by water.
  • Sanitize walls and baseboards: Any item that comes in contact with your carpets can transmit mold to your flooring. Our services take into account the many items such as furniture that can come in contact with your carpet.
  • Create air flow: Help clear the affected area of odors and moisture by opening windows, turning on fans, etc. This will help your carpet dry out sooner.
  • Replace carpet padding: Water that has completely saturated your carpet has more than likely also soaked the padding beneath it. Get rid of saturated padding immediately. Consider using antimicrobial padding in the future when purchasing your next carpet.
  • Steam clean: The temperatures created by steam cleaning are high enough to kill any toxins including mold spores. It is best to employ professional help to do this as they have cleaning solutions that are not readily available to the public.

Finally, odors that can arise in the aftermath of water damaged carpets are not the only danger that flooding presents. Water soaked carpets can carry containments such as mud, silt, sewage and mildew, spores, etc. All these can be prevented before the fact by using the simple steps above and mitigated after the fact by consulting experts in mold removal and remediation such as our team at Conejo Restoration.

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