The smell of mildew on carpet is a very specific one, usually serving as the first hint that you have a problem on hand long before you manage to see its visual proof. It has a musty, dank smell that smells like the beginnings of a bog forming in your home and that is the last thing you’d want on your hands. The underlayment of a carpet can become a great place for mold spores to grow and expand. Mildew and mold can spread quickly and become a serious problem before long, so you must ensure that fails to happen as soon as you can. The following tips will help you gain the edge over your mold invaders:
- One of the first things you have to keep in mind is that mold spores really thrive in dark areas, which means the underside of carpets are an excellent place, especially if they have a moist environment to feed on. Anywhere where you might have spilled water or have condensation going on might be fair game for mildew, so you should keep a close eye on such areas, as well as cleaning your carpet on a regular basis so it will be free of dirt and most of the dust particles we shed as we live in a home.
- You should make sure you dry wet spots as quickly as possible if they occur on your carpet. Any moisture you may have inside the carpet may easily lead to mildew growth and spread. If the liquid gets under the carpet, its evaporation becomes more difficult, thus becoming a serious problem, combined with the lack of lighting and good conditions for mold spore growth.
- If moisture does get under the carpet and you feel you might have mildew present, then you can save yourself the trouble of dealing with it later down the line if you give it a good steam cleaning. Steam cleaning will kill much of the mildew spores, thus making it easier to deal with their potential spread. The leftover moisture after a steam cleaning has to be dried, so you would do well to allow your carpet to dry off completely before you put it back in your home.
- You can also use a dehumidifier in your basement and other areas that might have issues with higher moisture levels. Dehumidifiers running at all times in a basement or at least for several hour during a day and night cycle will help lower the risks of mold and mildew spores getting their foothold down there.
- You should also clean your carpets once every month with a special solution. You can use baking soda, vinegar and water together so you can clean and prevent mildew from forming. Give it a good rinse when you’re done and let it dry completely before putting it back inside.