Mould is the term used to describe several types of fungal growth. Not only are fungi abundant in nature, but they are also essential for breaking down dead matter into simpler compounds. Fungi typically thrive on humid and dark places. Although the earth would not flourish without these organisms, the presence of some fungi can have adverse effects on human health, as well as on properties.
When moulds are left to flourish, these microorganisms can form a colony indoors and cause damage to wood, cloth, leather, paper, and other materials inside the home. A large number of spores the fungi release in the air to germinate can cause allergic reactions and asthma attacks in some humans when inhaled. Touching mold or their spores can produce an also cause a skin rash.
When Moulds Take Over Your Carpet
If you live in a flood-prone area or your house experienced a recent plumbing failure, then you might often find yourself sopping up water from your carpet. Although you tried your best to sop up every little bit moisture, there is a chance that the carpet will remain damp for many days. As mentioned before, microorganisms such as fungi thrive in a damp environment. It might take several days before you see the colony, but you can smell an off-putting musty odour that emanates from the carpet.
To prevent the growth of a fungal colony in your carpet after your home had been inundated by flood water or affected by plumbing failure, call Chemdry WA immediately. We provide fast and safe dry cleaning for carpets and rugs. But before we clean your carpets, there are some things you can do on your end to prevent mould from growing in your carpet after water damage. It is wise to seek out a professional cleaner to do some water damage restoration on your carpets if you’ve had this problem before. Most insurance providers cover it, so it may not always be a cost to you.
Note: If the carpet was completely submerged in dirty water and it is already inundated with mold, it is best to throw it out rather than try to salvage it.
Step 1. If there is only a small section affected by mold growth, clean it with some detergent and water. Get rid of excess water left behind on the carpet after you clean it. You can remove water by using your regular wet and dry vacuum cleaner. If you don’t have one, you can easily rent it from a tool and equipment rental company in your area.
Step 2. Make sure that the carpet completely dries out within 24-hours. Open the windows during hot weather, and use a floor fan or a window exhaust fan to get rid of excess water. You can also rent a powerful carpet blower to speed up the drying process. But the drying process may take several days so you might need to keep the fans on all day long.
Step 3. Reduce indoor humidity by using dehumidifiers when the weather is humid. You can get rid of mould, mildew, and the smell that come with fungal growth with the help of dehumidifiers. Apart from your carpets and rugs, your furniture, mattresses, and bed sheets will also benefit from having a dehumidifier in your home. It helps reduce dust and dust mites, as well as helps keep your air conditioner running smoothly.
Step 4. If your carpet smells musty but you can’t see any signs of mould growth, use a vapor steam cleaner on your carpet. Vapor steam machines look a lot like vacuum cleaners, but that’s where the similarities end. Instead of suctioning dirt, a vapor steam cleaner emits extremely hot water vapor onto the carpet’s surface. This very hot vapor can kill a number of mold spores. The treatment leaves the carpet almost dry, leaving the fungi little chance to flourish. What makes vapor steam cleaning even better is that you don’t have to handle chemicals such as fungicides and pesticides during the process. The machine emits very hot vapor that may damage your carpet, so be sure to check with your carpet manufacturer before using vapor steam cleaners.
Step 5. If the mold growth persists in a small section of the carpet, you can still salvage it by having that particular section removed and replaced with a similar patch. Replace it only if you don’t mind the differences in appearance as there will be instances when the hue of the carpets won’t match (your older carpet may have that faded look while the color of the new patch still looks vibrant).