Mold is never considered something pleasant. It tends to grow in places you wish it wouldn’t and cause problems for all who are near. Not to mention the smell and unsightly features mold can possess. Mold growth on your walls and carpet are no exception.
In order to remove mold from the walls and carpets, it takes a little grit and elbow grease. Detailed below, we have provided the much needed information on how you can remove mold from your walls and carpets.
Remove Mold from Walls
If you’ve found mold growing on your walls, then you may be wondering how best to remove it. Fortunately, there are plenty of safe ways to go about removing the mold from your walls.
The first thing you should do is clean them. This is especially true if you happen to have concrete walls like those commonly found in basements. Using warm water and soap, you can begin scrubbing off any mold build up from the walls.
Following a brisk scrubbing, you’ll now want to choose the proper mold removal product. There are quite a few mold removal solutions to choose from that would be suitable to the task.
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While many mold killers are non-toxic, it is preferred to use a safety mask or other PPE (personal protective equipment) when handling any type of toxic mold cleaning agents. Make sure to also do so in a well ventilated area.
Apply your product with a scrub brush regardless of whatever product you decide to use to remove mold. It may assist in ensuring that you remove all of the mold and the mold spores from the surface of the wall.
Once the product has been applied and the walls are scrubbed clean, you’ll want to make sure the walls are dry. Mold thrives on moisture so ensure that your walls are thoroughly dry before you call it a day.
Proper ventilation will allow your newly mold cleared walls to dry that much faster. The final step is to ensure proper ventilation to speed things along. You can place a dehumidifier in the area, open a nearby window, or promote negative air pressure with the use of a machine.
Remove Mold from Carpet
If the carpets in your home have mold growth, then you’ll need to act quickly to fix the problem. In most cases, mold can be removed safely from carpet without too much hassle. You’ll find a few methods below detailing how to go about ridding the carpets of mold.
Mold growth on the carpet surface is probably the easiest method. First, make sure there is no source of water actively leaking into the carpet. If one is found, immediately fix the issue before addressing the mold.
Once the water issue is fixed, then you can take a broom and cautiously sweep the carpet. This will loosen up the mold a bit but should be done very carefully. You may benefit from wearing a mask or respirator during this step. An alternative and better option to a broom is to remove mold from your carpet’s surface using a HEPA vacuum.
Following the sweeping or vacuuming, allow your carpet to dry in the sun. If moving the carpet isn’t an option, then get some fans circulating airflow to help facilitate the drying process.
Sub-surface carpet mold is a bit trickier. If the mold is found growing underneath your carpet, aggressive drying is the only solution. In some cases, it may me necessary to dispose of the carpet entirely. When spot treating areas of mold, scrub away the mold using a proper cleaning solution. Allow to dry completely prior to putting the carpet back down.
It always pays to be well prepared for whatever the future brings. This is also why you should have a restoration company you know and trust. Mission Restorations has experts in fire, water, and mold restoration. If ever in need of services, don’t hesitate to call the best damage restoration team in Charlotte and its surrounding areas at 704-727-2000.