To clean mildew out of synthetic carpet, follow the procedures given below.
Begin with step one, progressing only to the next step if needed. Bear in mind that you always wish to use the most straightforward approach to cleaning a carpet stain first.
(Begin with step 1, if the stain remains then go to another step. Always test the following stain removal options in an inconspicuous area first to make sure they won’t damage your carpeting)
The issue with discovering mold on your carpeting is that often the cause lies beneath the carpet. By the time you’ve discovered it on top, your cushioning could already be saturated with the substance. This really is a job for a specialist as mold and mildew may have serious health consequences to your family when left untreated. Please call a professional carpet cleaner to look after the problem. It may be necessary to replace both the carpeting in addition to the padding. Hopefully the affected area is small.
The techniques listed below are for mildew brought on by moisture from the atmosphere or a little spill, not for if the place was saturated with water, e.g., a washer or bathroom overflowed. If this is the case then please see our post on water damage.
If you are absolutely determined to handle this yourself, then start by airing out the place. Whether the mold is there simply because you reside in a humid place, or because of spilled water, get the place aired out. Open the windows, place fans in the area, and place a dehumidifier in the area if you have one. Remove as much furniture from the room as possible and vacuum the hell out of it. Do it twice if necessary.
Using a mild detergent and water, sponge the solution onto the mildew stains. Let sit for roughly 5-10 minutes then rinse with water and blot dry. Hopefully the stains are gone. Let the area dry out.
Gently blot at the mold working with an absorbent towel dipped in the mix. Blot dry the area using a sterile towel. Let the area dry.
Just a small note about dehumidifiers. We live in a very humid area by the beach. We’ve got the sort of windows and doors that if closed, do a great job of keeping the place almost airtight. That’s a fantastic thing in the sense that it enhances air conditioning and heating costs, but additionally, it usually means that the airflow is limited trapping moisture in our home.
When we first moved in, there would be a light dusting of mildew EVERYWHERE. However frequently we cleaned it, within a day or 2 it might magically re-appear. It was in the restroom, on tables, even on my computer. We almost immediately purchased a high quality dehumidifier.
Our mold problems are all gone. We mainly run it when it’s cold and the place is sealed up tight. During summer time we leave windows open and the fans blowing, developing a cross draft. While it is somewhat expensive to keep it running, it’s much better than the other alternative. Living in an unhealthy environment where all is dusted with mold.
If the mildew stain is small, and located in one area of the home, then trying to get rid of it yourself might be sensible.