Getting your house cleaned is something that probably no one enjoys, especially if you have a big home. Cleaning can go on for hours and even days – and with today’s lack of free time, spending energy on cleaning sounds more than exhausting. However, you have to endure it and go on with it, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t help yourself as much as possible. There are some tips and tricks that can save you time and energy, and here are some are handy when it comes time for cleaning the carpet and, specifically, mold that appears on it.
DIY and Home Supplies
The first method of cleaning the carpet includes supplies that you can generally find at your home and also some non-cleaning techniques that can actually make your carpet less susceptible to mold. What you need to do is inspect the status of the carpet and check how infected, or not, it is. Depending on this insight, you will figure out ways of cleaning it more easily and will be able to apply the right solution. However, if the stains and the mold cover a wider area than you’ve expected, you might want to call in a professional mold removal service.
Another easy way of dealing with the mold is ensuring that your carpet gets as much air and light as possible – find a way to ventilate rooms more often as fresh air will not only neutralize the odor, but will reduce the level of humidity. If you have an option to hang the carpet outside for a whole day or two, it will certainly remove some moisture and give it a fresher look.
When faced with more serious mold problem, the one that cannot be solved using solutions like baking soda or vinegar, you have to engage more professional anti-mold tactics, such as carpet cleaning products, steam cleaners or even removal of a segment of the carpet. Among the most advertized and the best supplies are chlorine dioxide, antifungal sprays and specialized detergents that can be found in every supermarket.
However, while they are effective and fast, you have to be careful with the chemicals – check the labels and, if you see something that can potentially harm you, turn to other options. You can also rent a steam cleaner, which is an expert device for a quick and effective solution to your mold problems, but can be used by non-professionals as well. A good thing is that the job can be done in a matter of hours and making use of a good steam cleaner means that you get a lasting care on a considerate budget.
In case you wish your carpet to be mold-free as long as possible, you should prevent it from occurring in the first place. These methods are rather basic and do not include any expensive or special chemical products and rarely require you to do much work. These are things like increased ventilation which helps removing the moisture which creates mold; regular vacuuming that can nib the mold in the bud; and, ultimately, treatment of possible problem areas in your home which, if prevented, will not lead to mold. Finally, you can use a dehumidifier or special vacuum cleaners for deep cleaning and, in the end, repaint your carpet so that it has a brand new color accompanying its mold-free state.
Cause and Effect
With a problem as widely-spread as mold is, there is not easy solution that will accommodate everyone – it’s not like you can just make your home mold-free in a matter of seconds. However, solutions like chemicals or steam cleaners do get the job done and are worth looking into.
Lillian Connors is a blogger and home improvement enthusiast ever so keen on doing various DIY projects around her house and passionately writing about them. She is also an online marketing consultant, closely collaborating with a number of companies from all over the globe. You can check her out on G+, Facebook and Twitter.