Mold in carpet is dangerous, and could be quite harmful to the individual who comes into contact with it. It can cause many symptoms/health problems, including:
- Stuffy nose
- Eye and throat irritation
- Allergic reactions (possibly severe)
- Lung problems
These issues can be even worse for the very young, very old, and those with compromised immune systems.
There are, however, ways you can prevent the growth of mold:
- Reduce your home's humidity to between 30% and 60%. Use a dehumidifier if necessary.
- Never install carpeting in bathrooms, or anywhere else where there is constant moisture.
- When cleaning carpets with a machine that uses water, ensure the cleaned area dries thoroughly.
- In the event of a spill or, worse, flooding, the affected area must be dried within 24-48 hours to avoid mold in carpet.
If mold or mildew is already a problem in your home, always wear protective gear when you come into contact with it. Use gloves which come up to mid-forearm. In order to keep mold spores out of your eyes, wear goggles without ventilation holes.
Find the source of excess water or moisture. Be sure to check the roof for any leaks, as well as the plumbing. Keep in mind that air ducts need to be checked as well, since heating/air conditioning/ventilation systems can blow mold spores throughout the home.
If there is mold in carpet, check to be sure the mold hasn't extended down to the carpet padding. If it has, both the carpet and padding must be removed. If the mold is only on the carpet's surface, a steam carpet cleaner can be used - simply mix Lysol in with the cleaning solution.
Mold in carpet is something which can be prevented, but once it takes hold it can be difficult to clean up without removal and replacement. That's why it's important to stay ahead of it and take precautionary measures.