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Carpet mold can affect your health, your home's looks, your wallet, among other things. To make sure this isn't an issue with your carpeted floors, read this post by Walker & Frick Construction Co.  in Richmond, VA.

Having carpeted floors can be a life saver in many ways: they can reduce noise pollution, soften falls, be easier on your knees and feet, provide insulation, add style to your home, and much more. Still, for all of the 'pros' they have, carpeting can have a few 'cons', too. For instance, if you're not careful, they can easily develop mold. As you know, mold is a fungus that loves humid environments and that, when left to its own devices, can wreak havoc on your health, your belongings, and your wallet. To make sure this dire scenario won't present itself in your home, continue reading the tips below.

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How to Keep Mold Off Your Carpet

Make Sure to Dry Your Carpets Fully

As mentioned, mold loves humidity. So, if you want to guarantee you won't have carpet mold, then. you need to keep your carpeted floors completely dry. If your carpet does get wet, here's how to dry it:
  • use a towel to blot the humid spot over and over and get some of. the excess moisture off of it.
  • if you can, lift the outer layer of your carpeting to air out the padding underneath it.
  • open up your windows and turn on your fans, so that air can run through the house.
  • sprinkle a fair amount of baking soda on the wet spot so that it can absorb some moisture.
  • finally, let the area dry completely before stepping on it again.

Lower the Moisture Levels in Your Home

Of course, the moisture levels in your house can have an impact in how mold-prone it is. For that reason, you should try lowering them to keep mold at bay altogether. One way to do that is to maintain your home properly. As you probably know, leaky pipes, clogged sewers, and/or unkempt gutters and downspouts can lead to water damage, higher moisture levels, and mold development. Fix these and other similar issues around your house, so that the humidity won't become an even bigger problem than it already is.

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Don't Install Carpeting in Humid Spaces

It should go without saying that if you don't want carpet mold, then you shouldn't have carpeting in humid areas of your home. Carpets tend to hold on to the moisture, which makes them more likely to develop a mold problem. For that reason, you should keep them far away from the most humid rooms in your house (like your attic, your basement, your bathroom, and other tight, unventilated areas).

Keep Your Carpeting Clean and Vacuumed

There are mold spores in the air we breath, in the common dust at home, and absolutely everywhere. This means that, if you let your carpeted floors be dirty for a prolonged period of time, you can absolutely expect them to get a mold problem later down the line. To keep a clean carpet, you need to vacuum it regularly (around two times a week). When you do, go over it slowly, thoroughly, and in different directions to lift as much dirt off of it as possible.

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Opt for High-Quality Padding

Something important to note is that the quality of the padding you choose for your carpeting can make a difference in how mold-prone it is. A high-quality padding, though an investment, can be more resistant, have a longer life expectancy, and can help you avoid mold growth. A flat or slab rubber padding can be more expensive at first, but it can be a good investment in the long haul.

Get Your Carpets Professionally Cleaned

Finally, remember to deep clean your carpets around once a year. A professional cleaning won't only help you get rid of the dust and filth that may have reached the depths of your carpeting, but it can also help you get rid of a mild case of mold development. This way, you can rest assured that your carpeting will be sanitary and good as new for longer.

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