Do Not Tolerate Mould On Your Carpet

Today, we are going to talk about mould (or mildew, whichever way you prefer) and why you should address it immediately after you see it. I know it is not a particularly sexy topic, but most people underestimate mildew because they do not have enough knowledge about it. After all, how dangerous could the small brownish spots in the corner be? 

What Is Mould? 

Let’s start by saying that there are multiple different types of mould. They are all fungi, however, and proliferate quickly if they find the proper habitat. The difference between mould and the regular types of fungi is that the former grows in the form of multicellular filaments called hyphae, while the latter evolve as a single-cell organism.

Why is this important? Because it explains why mildew is so tricky to remove and may require much greater effort and skill. If it were a single-cell organism, it would be elementary to deal with. The fact that it can spread exponentially from a small core and can survive even if you remove the core makes it a tough opponent to beat. 

Domestic Mildew: Is It Inevitable?

What mildew needs, above all else, is moisture. So there is your first step in pre-empting the problem before it appears – reduces the levels of humidity at home. A properly working air conditioner with an in-built bacterial filter will help you keep the relative air humidity below 60% – the advised optimal limit. 

Mould loves natural materials – and most of all, wood and fibres. If there is a lot of carpentry in your home, applying protective polish to its surface is a must. You may not like the following advice, but if you spot mildew on a wooden piece of furniture, you should seriously consider removing it from your home right away. 

Bottomline – mould is by no means inevitable, and since it is so visible, you have the chance to address it before it becomes a tiresome issue.

Mould On The Carpet – React Immediately

Let’s recap what we have said so far:

  • Mould is multicellular and once formed, develops rapidly if it finds the proper habitat.
  • It needs moisture to grow.
  • It loves natural materials – and most of all, wood and natural fibres.

These three points alone should convince you that if you live in a humid city like London and have carpeted floors, the danger lurks around the corner. The first signs of mildew are not that hard to find, and you cannot mistake it for anything else – tiny brown, greyish or greenish spots that usually appear near the corner of the room. They will be slimy and unpleasant to touch and emit a heavy bog-like smell. 

I know what you are going to say – alright, it sounds nasty enough, but wouldn’t a quick wash fix the problem? And why should I panic for something so tiny and unimportant? Let’s start with the second question – you definitely should not panic, but don’t take the issue lightly either. What most people don’t understand is that the mould cells actually feed off the carpet fibre – they can corrode it to the point of irreparable damage. And I do not mean to freak you out, but the process can take much less time than you imagine. In other words, even if you thoroughly remove the nasty fungi, there will not be much of a carpet fibre left in the affected area. 

But that’s not even the worst of it. Some types of mould produce biotoxins that can be dangerous for your health. Their spores are light and transmit easily in the air. If you inhale them continuously and in large quantities, they can provoke respiratory and neurological problems, and even cause death.

We want a bit too bleak, didn’t we? So let’s get back to the brighter side of life. Unlike some other of the most common domestic allergens – dust mites or bacteria, for example – mould is not invisible. It is up to you, therefore, to react quickly and remove it before it becomes a problem. Which brings me to the final point I want to make.

How To Effectively Remove Mould From Your Carpet? 

I have read dozens of Internet articles on the best ways to remove mildew or the most powerful natural agents that destroy it. I will not apologise for what I am about to say – the people who write them are either frauds or stupid. Tips like “sprinkle the mould spot with baking soda, wait for fifteen minutes and then vacuum” make me want to sprinkle the person who wrote this with baking soda and see what happens. These people obviously do not understand what mould is – if you remove it from the carpet surface, there is no guarantee that part of the fungi will not remain below, in which case the problem will reappear in a few days.

So what is the alternative? What every professional carpet cleaner would tell you – hot water extraction. It is the most common method to deep-clean a carpet, and it remains to this day the most effective one. The combination of injected steam and a powerful biodegradable cleaning agent leaves the mildew no chance of survival. It removes it thoroughly down to the carpet pad, along with all the other nasty microorganisms that lurk in the shadows.

To sum it all up – mould is neither a reason for panic nor a tiny nuisance you can postpone forever. The quicker you deal with it, the less damage it will do. At the first signs of mildew spots, do not get to your browser to look for handy tips – instead, call a professional carpet cleaner and let them tackle the problem.

Valuable Clean Tips for Incredible Carpet Beauty

The dust can enter dwellings no matter if your home is completely closed during holidays, travelling, etc. So the struggle with the dust is always dynamic and endless. Regular carpet care ensures a healthy atmosphere indoors, and it is essential to vacuum once or twice a week to improve the air condition.

Clean carpets can absorb harmful pieces in the air and keep them in, protecting the environment, so their frequent washing is among the must-do chores at home.
The truth is that we can’t imagine what the amount of the bacteria and grime contained in poorly maintained carpets and rugs is, and how much that can impact our lives and wellbeing.

Professional stain and harmful bacteria removal are superior to the DIY alternatives we know. In most cases, when we see how spots and spills disappear, feelings of satisfaction and calmness can permeate us. Regular washing is quite necessary, vacuuming is obligatory, but unfortunately, the frequently applied carpet care is not always efficient and enough.
Most people believe that vacuum cleaning is one of the most appropriate ways of dust and grime removal. That is not the case. According to researches and tests, the suction method eliminates the bacteria from the top of the pile. Dust, bacteria and grime can land on the fibres’ base very quickly; spread and develop there although our efforts to ensure perfectly cleansed carpeting. We might not notice everything around our space and mostly what occurs among the fibres. Still, experts recommend professional carpet cleaning at least once a year because in that way you can avoid allergic complaints and respiratory diseases.

Besides, you can refresh textile coverings at home not only through vacuuming but with steam cleaning and baking soda. Some materials can smell from the bottom half of the fibres, and such treatment can penetrate deeply to replace the unpleasant stains. If you can’t manage to take out the awful smell, professional support can help you. Find a reliable company and trust the expert’s advice. That is extremely important when you have pets at home.
When it comes to spot treatment, first of all, consider the type of material you have and find what kind of ingredients would be suitable for it. One more note-take the special cleaning instructions into consideration to be sure you won’t damage the threads.
It is necessary to check the effect of the cleaning over a hidden part of the carpet and never to rely on the assumption that everything would be ok and you haven’t got enough time for tests. Hurry up clever.
It would be best to keep in mind that the significant effect is always in the details. Be calm, positive and patient enough to cope successfully with grime and spot challenges on your favourite carpet or rug.
Remember that a small quantity of the cleaning product is sufficient, creamy foam is not recommended, because rinsing would be a challenging and demanding process. Leaving a cleaner in the fibres is a big problem for the textile state and its ability to absorb the dust and particles immediately after cleaning. Besides, mould is waiting behind the corner and wetness after the washing could bring you only problems. So, in conclusion, use as little product as possible during the carpet purifying.
Another extremely essential detail – it’s better never to scrub and rub, forget the rough movements. Gentle attitude is required, patting and blotting motions only. Simply that would be perfect.
Despite our desire for great cleanliness and hard-work on that goal, reading and informing, there are stains and spill incidents which are stubborn and cannot be removed in any way.
Sometimes, only a professional cleaning company with specific equipment, products and methods can guarantee that the deep clean would be thorough and perfect, eliminating every spot and trace.
Coffee stains are among the most frequent types of contaminations, especially early in the mornings when we are still sleepy. Spray a little bit of hydrogen peroxide over the problem zones. Soak a towel in warm water, then, let it sit over the stained area. Placing heat over it can help to get rid of the colouration. You can make it through a steam cleaner or with the steam iron. Both methods would be suitable enough, think about what is more convenient for you. At the end blot the humidity with a clean and dry cloth.
Use hydrogen peroxide for bloodstains, red wine rings or spills, but always make a test over invisible part of the carpet, because it acts like bleach.
Dirt, grime, dust, mud and other marks on your carpets and rugs are a significant pain for every housemaker. The good news is that we always have different choices, clean green options, modern methods and the possibility to find responsible professional support. For the perfect carpet appearance and deep cleanliness, an expert’s help would be good for the housekeeping environment once a year.