Carpet is prone to mould especially during the winter months. It can easily grow in damp places, which is why your carpet can easily develop it. It is a health risk and the problem has to be treated as soon as possible because mould can spread quickly. It can sometimes be difficult to tell whether you have mould as it can grow beneath the carpet.
The good news is that there are signs that you may notice indicating that you do have a mould problem in your carpet.
Strange Musty Odour
A musty odour is one of the first tell tale signs of mould. If you spend most of your time at home, then you may not notice this odour but if you go out and the house is shut up you will likely smell it. A strange odour is something that you will need to investigate immediately, and you should check your carpet for mould.
If your home does not get a lot of sun, does not have adequate ventilation mould often develops. If your carpet has some damp spots, then the floor underneath it may have a leak. Carpet that is in basements is more likely to develop mould. In order to prevent mould, you will need to have the water dried up as soon as possible if there is a leak.
It is important to note that it does not take a lot of water for the mould to grow, a split drink on the carpet left unattended can cause mould to grow. That is why it is important for you to clean up spills as soon as possible.
Mould has been shown to cause breathing problems such as allergies, bronchitis, and asthma. It is important that you check for mould if you or anyone in your household has any of these issues. Not everyone who is exposed to mould will have a problem with mould. However, it is still a good idea to check for mould regularly.
You sometimes can tell whether there is mould in your carpet by simply looking at it. If mould is in its advanced stages, then it may develop a discolouration. You may notice black, green or white spots all over your carpet. Bear in mind that the area underneath your carpet may develop discolouration before the carpet does. It is a good idea to look underneath the carpet regularly
Does your Carpets Need to be Replaced
Due to the expense many people do not replace their carpet despite the fact that they know it needs to be replaced. Older carpet is actually more prone to developing mould. Some people think that it is normal for their carpet to have a musty smell because of its age.
How to Remove Mould From Your Carpet
If you find you do have mould in your carpet, then there are several measures you can take. Remember that mould is toxic, so you will need to protect yourself before you attempt to do any clean up work. You will need goggles, a mask, and gloves.
There are several things that you can use in order to clean your carpet. You can use water and dishwashing detergent. Spray the solution on your carpet. Allow it to stay on the carpet for 15 to 20 minutes. After that, you will need to take a wet vacuum cleaner and remove all of the excess water.
Remove as much of the water as possible because you do not want the mould to start growing again. Once you have cleaned up all of the water, you will need to use a fan, dehumidifier even just open up a window to remove the excess moisture and dry out the carpets.
If you cannot remove the mould on your own, then call in a professional who are trained with the right equipment and products and can help you restore your carpet for a healthier home.
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