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5 Tips to Prevent Carpet Mold and Mildew

In the US, 22% of homeowners fear that flooding will affect their home. While flooding can certainly be a problem in Missouri and elsewhere, you don’t need standing water to have issues with mold and mildew in your carpets. As the weather gets warmer, it also means higher humidity, which can create mold. Let’s take a look at 5 tips to keep your carpet mold-free.

1. Keep Carpet Clean and Dry

Regular vacuuming is essential for keeping carpets free from dust, dirt, and moisture, all of which can contribute to mold and mildew growth. Make sure to vacuum at least once a week, paying special attention to areas with high foot traffic. Additionally, promptly clean up any spills or accidents to prevent moisture from seeping into the carpet fibers. If a spill occurs, blot the area with a clean, dry cloth and use a mild detergent solution to remove any stains.

2. Control Humidity Levels

Mold and mildew thrive in moist environments, so it’s important to keep indoor humidity levels in check. The EPA recommends maintaining indoor humidity levels between 30% and 50%. To monitor humidity levels, you can use a handy device called a hygrometer. They’re relatively inexpensive; you can snag one for under twenty bucks at your local big-box store. We also recommend a dehumidifier to knock down the humidity levels in your home. You can use them in all areas of the house, specifically basements and bathrooms where humidity will be highest. 

3. Use Proper Padding

The padding beneath your carpet acts as a sponge, absorbing moisture and providing an ideal breeding ground for mold and mildew. When installing or replacing carpeting, try to use moisture-resistant padding materials. These materials are less prone to retaining moisture, reducing the risk of mold growth. Additionally, regularly inspect your carpet padding for any signs of moisture or mold, and replace it if necessary. If the moisture isn’t terribly bad, here are some tips to make sure it dries out well.

4. Allow for Good Air Circulation

Improving air circulation in your home can help prevent moisture buildup in carpets. When it’s not rainy and humid outside, consider opening windows to allow fresh air to circulate throughout your living space. If possible, it’s always a good idea to use fans or ceiling fans to create airflow, especially in areas prone to moisture accumulation, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. 

5. Schedule Professional Carpet Cleaning

While regular vacuuming and spot cleaning are essential for day-to-day maintenance, professional carpet cleaning is also necessary to remove deep-seated dirt, allergens, and mold spores. Schedule a professional carpet cleaning at least once a year, or more frequently if you have pets or heavy foot traffic. Professional cleaners have the equipment and expertise to thoroughly clean and sanitize carpets, helping to prevent mold and mildew growth.

By following these five tips, you can effectively prevent mold and mildew, keeping your carpets and indoor air clean and healthy. If your carpets need a professional clean, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today.

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