Carpet during Crazy Weather
How to Care for Your Carpet during Crazy Weather
6 November 2017 | (No Comments)

There’s been some crazy weather patterns happening over the summer, and this can bring water, moisture and worst of all mold into your home. Most of the time, if your home gets flooded, carpets are a wash, so to speak. But mold can develop even in homes that don’t get flooded, and it can be a nightmare to get rid of, not to mention, a hazard to your health. Before you start replacing all the carpets in your home, if you have a mold infestation, or weather-soaked carpets, seek out professional help because you may be able to salvage your carpets.

Mold can be very dangerous, so don’t ever try to remove it yourself. Some at-home techniques can actually make the problem worse. Instead, you should seek out professional help. If you have a minor problem, a professional cleaner may be able to remove the spores that are growing, provided that you caught it quickly enough. You will need to get in touch with someone who uses more innovative methods of cleaning – the traditional method of steam cleaning means that carpets are left damp for a long period of time, allowing mold and mildew to quickly return. A cleaner that utilizes agitation and extraction is your best bet to remove mold infestation. Agitation works the mold out from the very bottom of the carpet, instead of just moving it around on top, and extraction removes all the dirt and mold from the carpet itself. Find a cleaner that uses low amounts of moisture when treating your carpets to discourage the return of mold to your house.

After you’ve treated your carpet, make sure mold can’t come back. Mold thrives in warm, wet areas, so open the windows in the room, and get a fan and a dehumidifier to help the carpet dry quickly and thoroughly. If you have contacted the correct professional, then it should not take long at all for your carpets to be completely dry.

The best way to ensure your carpets will last for years is to prevent mold from happening in the first place. Invest in some cheap humidifiers for rooms that experience particularly moist conditions. Don’t carpet the bathrooms, and wash your bathmats and towels at least once a week with hot water. You can select carpet padding to use under your carpet that are rubber-based with anti-microbial properties. It is a bit more expensive, but if you live in a warm, damp climate, it could be particularly useful, especially in damper rooms like basements. Never allow there to be standing water. If you have a flood or a leak, rent a shop-vac to remove all the excess water as soon as possible, and make sure you dry the carpet out quickly. Contact a professional cleaner who has experience in mold removal and proper cleaning. If standing water has been left on the carpet for a long period of time, call a carpet cleaning service like ekoserve who knows if there’s still time to salvage the carpet.  You will need to do so quickly to avoid any adverse health conditions as a result.

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