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02/14/2017

Tips to Help You Deal with Carpet Mold at Home

Whether you have noticed mold in your carpet or are simply doing your best to keep mold from developing in your home, this post can help you identify and prevent mold.

How to Identify Carpet Mold

Carpet mold may not always be easy to identify, especially when it's in its early stages. When mold first appears it may give off no odor and likely won't be visible. In its later and more developed stages, mold will be much easier to identify.

Allergy Symptoms

If you suffer from allergies, mold in your home will likely set them off. Even if mold in your home or carpet isn't visible, it can cause you to suffer from itchy or watery eyes, sneezing, congestion, and other allergy related symptoms. One clear indicator that mold is an issue in your house is that your allergies become worse when you are home. If you've checked hard surfaces, like the walls and ceiling, and have found nothing, it's time to check more porous surfaces where mold can hide more easily, like your carpet.

Mold Odor

Mold tends to give off a musty and unpleasant smell. While some will say it's just mildew, you shouldn't ignore it. Some homeowners may not notice the smell right away because they're home often. However, visitors may be able to pick up on it quicker. So, even if there's only the slightest mold type smell in your home, act quickly to find the source of it and stop it in its tracks.

Visible Mold Spots

Once mold has developed beyond its early stages, it will be more visible wherever it is growing. If mold has been allowed to grow in your carpet for a period of time, your carpet will start to develop green, white, or black stains. A clear indication that these aren't just food stains is that they will grow larger if left untreated. Don't ignore these stains since they can be the source of a number of health related issues.

Mold Under the Carpet

Mold may not always show up on the surface of your carpet, so it's a good idea to make a habit of checking under your carpet. Lift up your carpet and inspect the underside of it for moisture, unpleasant odors, and unsightly mold patches. Remember to also check the carpet padding as well as the hard surface underneath.

Test for Mold

If you suspect mold is growing in your carpet, but there is no solid evidence of it, you can always use a mold testing kit for a more accurate reading. There are a variety of mold testing kits that use different methods to test for mold. While some are easy at-home kits, others require that you send a sample to a lab for a more professional reading. Do some research before selecting the best test for your situation. Keep your carpet clean in order to avoid mold from developing in it. For the best carpet cleaning service around, contact Tacoma Cleanpro in Tacoma at (253) 229- 7499.

Causes of Carpet Mold and How to Prevent It

Carpet mold can be caused by a number of factors, most of which can be controlled. Keep the occurrence of mold in your home to a minimum with these tips.

Wet or Humid Conditions

The most common causes of carpet mold are wet conditions or a humid environment. If your carpet gets wet due to a spill, a leak, or a flood, drying your carpet as soon as possible will help reduce the occurrence of mold. It's best not to allow your carpet to be in standing water at all. Rooms with higher humidity and moisture, such as the basement, will also be more exposed to mold. Signs of humid conditions include condensation on the walls or windows, a musty smell, and damp surfaces.

Think Smart When Installing Carpet

To reduce the occurrence of mold in your carpet, think smart when installing this type of flooring. When possible, avoid installing carpet in rooms that have higher levels of moisture, like the basement, bathrooms, and the kitchen.

Reduce Moisture

If you do have carpet in a space that tends to get quite humid, do your best to keep this humidity under control. Investing in a dehumidifier can help keep moisture under control and can help stop any mold from developing.

Get Your Carpet Cleaned

Keeping your carpet clean is also another way to stop mold growth. Just about all carpet will have mold spores deep in their fibers, but if your carpet is kept clean and free of moisture, these spores won't develop into mold. When choosing your carpet cleaning service, stick to one that doesn't expose it to unnecessary amounts of moisture.

The Best Carpet Cleaning Service in Tacoma

To get your carpet professionally cleaned without exposing it to excessive moisture, contact Tacoma Cleanpro in Tacoma. Contact them at (253) 229- 7499 to learn more about their Ion Exchange Process.

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