Mould and mildew often grow in carpets after extensive water damage due to floods, roof leaks, and broken pipes. It is quite difficult to say whether or not you have mould damage as they grow on the base of the carpet.
Causes of Mould Growth in Carpets
Carpet fabric are porous in nature, which is why tiny water molecules seep easily through them. Once the carpet fibres absorb this water, it creates a moist and alluring environment for mould and mildew.
Mould infestation starts within 24 to 48 hours of flood water damage. The early mould populace multiplies rapidly by discharging microscopic mould spores. These are lightweight tiny seeds-like kernels which travel through air. If left unchecked, these spores can blow all over your commercial or residential space within a few days.
In today’s article, we will show you how to detect common signs of mould infestation in carpets and stop them during early phases.
Common Signs of Mould Infestation in Carpets
Given the speed with which they spread, it is very important to recognize signs of mould infestation in early phases and then call in a Professional Carpet Restoration in Brisbane service. Following are the four most common signs of mould infestation in carpets:
Increase in Allergic Reactions
A sudden increase in severe allergic reactions such as eye irritation, excessive coughing, breathing difficulty, sneezing, and running nose can be an indicator of mould infestation in carpets. While we recommend consulting a physician on encountering such reactions, the doctor’s visit should be immediately followed by Oz Clean Team professional carpet restoration service.
Foul odour is another sure sign of active mould infestation in your carpet. This odour may not be apparent immediately if you are spending most of the day near that carpet. Note any comment on musty smell from guests. You must take act immediately by checking the base of your carpet for mould and calling in a professional carpet restoration service.
Discolouration in Carpet
Even though mould usually grows deep inside the padding of carpet where it is invisible to the naked eye, you can notice green, black, or while spots in advanced stages of infestation. The spots are somewhat similar to those which appear on bread when left out for a long time. You should investigate any such spot properly and not simply dismiss it as mildew.
Tips from OZ Clean Team Professionals:
- Here’s how you can tell the difference between mildew and mould in carpets:
- Mould always appears in spots of green, black, red, or blue.
- Mildew is a type of fungus which appears in shade of grey and white.
If the mould infestation has advanced to an extent where it is directly visible on your carpet, contact Oz Clean Team professional carpet mould removal service immediately. Our trained and certified technicians can repair and restore any carpet irrespective of the extent of damage.
You can protect your carpet against mould infestation by using a carpet protective guard which repels water, dirt, and soil particles.
Water Damage and Dampness in Carpeting
If your carpeting has suffered extensive water damage due to broken pipes, flooding, or blown sewage system, it should be dried and sanitised within 48 hours. Otherwise, we recommend either hiring a professional service or throwing it out. Damp and wet spots on carpeting can be a sign of leakage in pipes below the floorboards. Inspect the drainage system for indications of leaks regularly.
How to Prevent Growth of Mould on Carpets
Preventing mould and mildew on surfaces like tiles is tough anyway, but their removal is even harder if the mould is infested in your carpet and rugs. Do you know what is the best method to deal with mould infestation in carpets? Prevent the infestation in the first place. Read on to find out how you can prevent mould infestation in your carpet:
Keep Humidity Levels Low
The first step in keeping your carpet mould free is keeping the humidity level inside your premises low. According to the recommendations of EPA and IICRC, level of humidity should not exceed 60% in residential premises. It is even better if it is kept within 30 percent to 50 percent.
The best machine to use for this is a dehumidifier. You can also use a high powered fan as a substitute if you don’t own a dehumidifier. Or even better, simply open all the windows in the room to maintain air constant air circulation.
Regular Cleaning and Vacuuming
Though quite obvious, regular cleaning is an important step in prevention of mould. Keeping the carpets clean and sanitised is the best preventative measure one can take against mould infestation. While no standard or measurable method exists to establish how frequently carpet should be cleaned to prevent mould, at the very least, one should vacuum their carpets and rugs twice a week.
In addition to that, you also need to hire Oz Clean Team professional cleaning and restoration service every six months in order to get rid of inactive mould spores.
Hire Professional Carpet Cleaning and Restoration Services
Oz Clean Team is a well-known professional carpet cleaning and restoration company with more than 20 years of experience in the industry. We can help you reclaim the amiable of your carpets in less than 24 hours. Working with our expert technicians will not only guarantee effective removal of mould, but also limit the possibility of future infestation. Call us today at 1800 260 601 to Fix an Appointment and get a free quote of our carpet cleaning and restoration services. You can also get in touch with us by filling out the small contact form on the right side of your screen. Our team will get back to you in no time at all.