Mould is a nasty fungus that destroys surfaces. It produces a musty smell and it is generally bad for your health – particularly if you have allergies, asthma, or a compromised immune system. It is therefore important that you deal with any mould issues at home as soon as you can.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you successfully remove mould from carpets and wooden floorings.
When cleaning mould from carpet or wood, safety first! Always take safety precautions and read the directions on the label of any products that you are using to tackle mould on carpet.
How to Remove Mould from Carpets in 10 Steps
Mould damages the carpets, as it eats away the fibres and is very hard to dislodge. If your fitted carpet has been wet for a couple of days - for example – from a flood, or if the affected area is larger than 2 square metres, you should consult a carpet cleaning professional. Always fix the causes of mould (e.g. a leaky pipe) before you attempt to deal with any stains – otherwise, the problems will just reoccur.
Put on protective clothing, goggles, and a facemask – attempting to remove the mould will disperse the spores and these could be damaging to your health if you breathe them in.
Be aware of ventilation concerns – make sure doors are closed to prevent mould spores from entering the rest of the house, but keep the windows open to encourage air flow.
If the carpet is removable, take it outside. Leave it in bright sunlight to dry out for 48 hours. If it is fitted, turn on the overhead lights. Pull the carpet up from the floor approximately 50 cm around the affected area, remove any soaked padding or lining, and dry the carpet out by using a fan, humidifier, or the blow function on a vacuum.
Take a stiff brush and sweep mould debris from the front and the back of the carpet. Also go over the area where the carpet was situated. Then vacuum or steam-clean all areas.
Apply anti-mould spray to the carpet. Follow the instructions on the label. You could also use one of the alternative cleaning products listed below. Make sure the mould spray soaks to the root of the fibres and that you apply it on both sides of your carpet.
Scrub the carpet on both sides and leave to dry. Most anti-mould treatment sprays should not be rinsed out.
Apply an anti-fungal solution to the floor where the carpet was situated and leave to dry out
Re-apply the mould spray on all areas and let it dry out again.
Continue to run a dehumidifier in the room for a couple of more days to get rid of any residual spores.
Wash all equipment used in anti-fungal solution immediately to prevent the spores from escaping into other areas of the house.
How to Remove Mould from Wooden Floors
Use a scraper or blunt knife to remove mould from the top of the wood and vacuum up.
Sand the area down and apply an anti-fungal treatment, according to the instructions on the label. Leave to air-dry, then re-sand and reapply.
Let the area dry thoroughly. Then apply a wood stain, try to get the best colour match as possible and seal as appropriate.
With a stiff brush sweep any mould debris from the carpet.