When you are faced with water damage inside your home, either from outside flooding or a leaking water pipe, it is important to clean up the water as soon as possible. Water and moisture left remaining inside your home can quickly promote the growth of mold and mildew under the right conditions, as mold spores are present in nearly every environment. As soon as mold spores become moist and warm, they can begin to bloom and spread new mold spores into your home's air. After water clean up, here are some tips to help you clean your home after water damage has occurred to remove mold growth from your carpeting.
Kill the Mold Spores
Mold that has begun to grow in your carpeting poses a problem because the mold spores can become trapped in the fibers of the carpet and can be difficult to remove. This cleaning process kills and deactivates the mold spores so if any remain in the carpeting, they are dead and won't regrow. However, it is important to thoroughly dry the carpeting and padding underneath it so no new mold spores begin to grow later.
Use a Lysol Cleaner
First, you will want to mix up a combination of Lysol and water to kill the mold spores in the carpeting. Follow the directions on the Lysol container to mix up a solution with water, or use approximately one cup of Lysol to the water in your carpet cleaner bucket. You can also use bleach in place of the Lysol, but you may want to test the solution on an inconspicuous area of your carpeting to make sure it does not discolor the carpet.
Treat the Mold
Spray the Lysol solution over the mold on your carpet, saturating all the carpeting to get the solution into the fibers. Let this sit for approximately 30 minutes for the Lysol to kill the mold spores. If there are any areas of heavy mold growth, you can scrub the mold with a cleaning brush, but be sure to wear gloves and a face mask so you don't get exposed to any mold spores. Because the mold spores have become saturated with the solution, it will prevent the spores from becoming airborne.
Remove the Cleaner
Use your carpet cleaner to suck up the solution and the remaining mold within the solution. If you don't have a carpet cleaner, you can complete this step with the use of a wet/dry shop vacuum. When you have finished cleaning up all the mold, thoroughly rinse out your vacuum or carpet cleaner with a Lysol and water solution to remove all traces of mold spores and allow it to air dry.
Ensure you open windows and turn on some fans onto the carpeting to fully dry its fibers. You can also run your home heater to help pull moisture from the air.