4 Tips for Preventing Mold on Carpeting

Preventing Mold on Carpet Washington DC

You still might occasionally see a couple of patches of mold, no matter how hard you attempt to avoid it. Besides wooden items and walls, the carpet also is a typical target for the growth of mold because it easily attracts dirt and moisture. Keep your carpet free of mold with these 4 tips:

Control the humidity indoors

Mold does not only require standing water to grow – a space that has increased heat and humidity is enough. As spores reproduce in highly humid conditions, keep your humidity indoors under 60 percent. If you reside in a humid region, install a dehumidifier that is appropriate for the size of your room. In addition, keep the temperature in your house under 80℉.

Extract carpeting from areas prone to humidity

Do not install carpeting in spaces which are more likely to suffer water leaks or humidity, like the bathroom and basement. These spaces also are more susceptible to flooding that is caused by ocean or river overflows, storms, washing machine failures, etc.

Select antimicrobial carpet padding

As you are installing new carpeting in your house, select rubber-slab carpet padding that’s less susceptible to developing bacteria and mold. Even though it is a little more pricey than normal padding, it will assist in keeping mold at bay, particularly if your house is not naturally low in humidity.

Extract standing water as soon as you can

Mold requires just a small bit of time and water (24 to 48 hours) to grow. Therefore, if you have water damage, remove the water then dry the carpeting even if there was minor damage, like a small leak or spill. Also, be certain there isn’t any moisture hiding beneath the carpet. In the instance of flooding, you might have to replace the carpet, depending upon the floodwater.

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