Mold can grow under your carpet on the backing and in the underlay carpet cleaning will only make this worse. It should be removed by an expert
Carpet fibers are porous, meaning they are permeable or penetrable. Essentially, the fibers are full of very tiny holes. Mold grows in these tiny holes and it’s impossible to completely remove it. Even if you successfully remove all the visible mold from the carpet, some microscopic mold spores will remain in the tiny pores of the carpet fibers. Most types of mold grow rapidly, so all it will take is a carpet cleaning adding heat and moisture; then mold will begin to grow and spread across your carpet again at a very rapid rate. Since cleaning mold from carpet is generally impossible, if you have moldy carpet, you will need to have it removed and replaced. When removing moldy carpet, spores will increase 10 – 100 fold and more, creating a potential health threat. When we remove mold infested carpet we set up containment, negative air and HEPA filtered air scrubbers. We wear protective gear, including but not limited to, level 4-5 tyvek suits, disposable gloves, hair and shoe covers, and a fit tested respirator equipped with HEPA filters. We then seal the moldy carpet in heavy plastic 6 mil garbage bags, double bag and clean of the bags before carrying them through the house so that mold spores aren’t spread to other areas of the home causing different levels of contamination.
If you have mold growing on your carpet, there is often, though not always, mold growing on the padding beneath the carpet and even on the floorboards or concrete beneath it. We have third party verification performed to make sure all mold growth has been removed prior to installation of new carpet or other floor coverings. If the floorboards underneath appear moldy, they may need to be removed and replaced, as well and if concrete it must be cleaned properly. If you’re dealing with moldy carpet in a bathroom or other area of the home that is frequently warm and moist, consider replacing the carpet with tile or linoleum, which will be easier to keep dry and from which it will be easier to remove mold in the event of a future problem.
In addition, having carpets professionally cleaned does not remove mold from any padding beneath the carpets. It also does not remove any mold growing on the floorboards beneath the carpet, in actuality it will increase the growth rapidly. When there is mold in carpets, there is often mold below, as well, and that must also be removed.
For Help with Mold Remediation
The Environmental Protection Agency recommends calling in a mold remediation professional if you have mold covering a large surface area of more than ten square feet, if you have mold in your heating and air conditioning ducts, or if mold appears after your home has been flooded with water that might be contaminated with sewage or other hazardous substances. In addition, if you have any health problems, especially respiratory concerns, immune system disorders, or environmental allergies, you should talk with your doctor before attempting to clean up mold on your own. Cleaning up mold exposes you to mold spores that can cause illness and will most likely exacerbate your health concern. We actually suggest all homeowners consult with a mold remediation professional, even if you plan to handle the mold cleanup yourself, because you can benefit from some expert advice before beginning the job. Most mold remediation professionals offer affordable consultations in your home, so you have nothing to lose. An experienced professional will make sure you’ve located all the mold in your home, advise you about the work that needs to be done, and provide helpful safety tips, rental equipment, protective gear and more all at a lower cost to you than having a professional do it for you. If you plan to perform mold removal on your own, at least do it right.