How to Kill Mold & Mildew in Carpet

You can kill mold and mildew growth in a carpet.
You can kill mold and mildew growth in a carpet. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Carpets exposed to water or a damp environment can experience the growth of mold or mildew. Not just unattractive, mold and mildew cause respiratory or allergy difficulties for many people. If you see fuzzy or furry spots on your carpet, you likely have a mold problem. Mildew can be a little harder to spot, but often manifests itself in a thin white or bluish layer and a musty odor. If you have a carpet that's been affected by mold or mildew, it's a smart idea to tackle the job of killing the mold and mildew growth as quickly as possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Fan
  • Dehumidifier
  • Shop vacuum
  • Filter mask
  • Antibacterial spray

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Dry the carpet thoroughly. Place fans to blow on the carpet, put a dehumidifier in the room with the carpet, and ventilate the room as well as possible. If you can remove the carpet from the room and let in dry in the sunlight, that's an excellent course of action as well.

Wait until the carpet has dried thoroughly, then vacuum the mold and mildew affected areas with a shop vacuum. Wear a filter mask when doing this to prevent respiratory irritation. Remove as much of the dry mold and mildew as possible.

Mist the affected areas of the carpet with an antibacterial spray. Let the spray dry and vacuum again with a shop vacuum. If you don't want to employ chemicals in your home, use a mixture of 1 part denatured alcohol to 1 cup water, applied with a clean rag.

Repeat Step 3 several times if necessary to kill the mildew and mold.

References

  • "The Cleaning Bible: Kim and Aggie's Complete Guide to Modern Household Management"; Kim Woodburn; 2008
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