Getting mold out of rug fibers can be tricky. However, if you act quickly enough and catch the problem while it's small, you may be able to remove the mold and treat the resulting stain. These tips may help you fix the problem and save your rug from ruin.
What can you do to get mold out of your water damaged rug?
If the area of mold is small enough, you can try to remove it on your own, following these steps:
- Take the rug outside. Do this in the sunlight on a dry day with no clouds and no prediction of rain in the future.
- Brush the rug. Use a stiff scrub brush to remove any big pieces of mold. Brush the carpet fibers hard enough to loosen the mold, but not hard enough to damage the pile.
- Vacuum. Vacuum the rug to remove any mold that came loose when you scrubbed it. For best results, use a hose attachment.
- Spray down the area. Fill a spray bottle with hydrogen peroxide, then spray the area with hydrogen peroxide. Allow the hydrogen peroxide to sit on the moldy area for several minutes.
- Brush the rug again. Use a stiff brush to brush the hydrogen peroxide out of the rug.
- Rinse. Rinse the rug with water.
- Dry. Allow the rug to dry in the sun. Leave the rug out in the sun for a day or two beyond the point at which you believe it is dry.
Later on, if the rug has a stain from the mold, spray the rug with a combination of vinegar and dish soap, then gently scrub the stain and rinse with water. Repeat until the stain is gone. If this procedure doesn't work, contact a water damage repair company.
Can you use the same technique to get mold out of water damaged carpet?
The above technique works best on rugs because rugs can be taken outside to dry in the sun. Left indoors on the floor, moldy carpet can take a day or two to dry. During that time, any mold spores still in your carpet after the cleaning is finished will simply grow back. Since mold is dangerous and can cause respiratory distress and other health issues, moldy carpet is often considered to be a lost cause. However, it's a good idea to consult with a water damage restoration company before throwing out your carpet--especially if the carpet will be expensive to replace. A reputable water damage restoration company, such as RTC Restoration, can inspect the problem and give you a more definitive answer.