San Diego is a beautiful place to live, but it can get pretty humid sometimes. Seeing a little mold in a San Diego home isn’t out of the ordinary, but it should never get far. Mold isn’t just unsanitary and unsightly, it can make you very sick depending on what kind it is.
Mold tends to grow on wood and other surfaces, and most people aren’t surprised to see it in the shower or other more humid location. However, they don’t really expect mold to get into their carpets. Unfortunately, carpet attracts both moisture and dirt, making it the perfect home for mold. You will continue to kick it up as you walk and it can have an impact on your health. In today’s blog, we’re going to discuss ways you can keep your carpets mold-free.
Keep Mold Out of Your Carpets With Our Tips
We hope that these simple tips help you keep your carpets clean and clear all year round.
Tip: Keep carpet out of the most humid areas.
- This one may seem a bit obvious, but you’d be amazed how many people install carpeting in their bathrooms or basements these days – especially their basements. They want to make the space more comfortable and they fail to consider that the environment is full of moisture just waiting to collect in the carpet, mix with dust, and get toxic. Even worse, basements and bathrooms are the most vulnerable to flooding from storms, ocean/river overflow, toilet flooding, and washing machine failure.
Tip: Make sure your carpets are clean.
- Mold feeds on dirt and dust. Don’t give it a banquet. Vacuum regularly and consider dry carpet cleaning to give your carpeting a deep, thorough clean. Make your carpeting as unfriendly to mold as possible, and you’ll keep it away!
Tip: Take care of standing water immediately.
- With a little bit of water and 24-48 hours, mold can take root and become a stubborn, unhealthy annoyance. If your home suffers water damage, remove as much water as possible and dry the carpet, even if it is a small spill. If it is a significant spill, contact us immediately. You might think you can completely dry out your carpet, but we can professionally assess the situation and make sure it is completely solved. Too often, people who try to solve flooding damage themselves only fix the surface, leaving profound problems to take root underneath.
Tip: Use antimicrobial carpet padding.
- We said you should make your carpet inhospitable to mold and bacteria by keeping it clean, but there is more you can do to create an unfriendly environment for the little nasties. If you’re installing new carpet, use rubber-slab carpet padding that is less prone to being a home to bacteria and mold. It does cost a little more, but it can save you thousands of dollars in repair and healthcare costs.
Tip: Manage your indoor humidity.
- Depending on where you live, your home may be more humid inside than others. Remember that mold doesn’t require standing water to develop; a little humidity is enough. Keep your home’s humidity under 60 percent and the temperature below 80 degrees to prevent any present mold spores from multiplying. If you live in a particularly humid area of San Diego, get a dehumidifier installed. It will help keep your rooms dryer.
The restoration professionals at RestoraCore are proud to offer San Diego world-class water damage restoration. We have the experience and expertise to fully assess whatever is going on in your home or business and to make everything like new again. Contact us today!