Fungi can damage the carpet, so it is very important to clean the carpets on a regular basis. This article describes the method and best cleaning products!
Mushrooms are fungi that can damage the surface of carpet and floor. This fungus is a musty odor and usually harmful to health, especially if you suffer from allergies, asthma, or have a weak immune system. Therefore, you need to solve the problem of mold in the home as soon as possible. The following is step by step guide to solve the problem of mold on carpet and floor.
Some Ways to Prevent Mold in Homes
Fungi love warm and moist environment. Spores are spread very rapidly through the air. This is why getting rid of mold from your home can be very difficult. The root of the problem most often happens is that excessive moisture. To prevent floor and carpet from being moldy, you need to:
- Keeping all the space in the house is well ventilated. Use humidity controller (dehumidifier) if necessary.
- Avoid putting rugs in the bathroom. Use tile or other non-porous material for bathroom floors.
- Drying bath mat and towel immediately after use. Wash with hot water mixed with the vinegar at least once a week for sterilizing them and preventing mold to grow.
- Ensuring that goods moist never in direct contact with the floor, for example, the bottom of potted plants indoors.
How to Remove Mildew from Carpet
Fungus damage the carpet by destroying and absorbing into the carpet fibers so it is very difficult to clean. If your carpet wet for a few days, maybe because of flooding, or if the carpet is wet exceed 2 square meters, you should seek the help of professional carpet cleaners. Fix these things which cause moisture, such as a leaking pipe or a broken window, before you clean any stains because if the cause is not addressed, the problem will reappear.
- Wear protective clothing, goggles, and face masks. The process of cleaning the mold will spread the spores into the air and potentially disrupt your health if inhaled.
- Note the air vents of your room. Let the window in an open state to maintain air circulation.
- If the carpet in the room can be removed, take the carpet out of the house and dry under the sun for about 48 hours. If the room carpet can not be removed, turn on the lights, lift the carpet as high as approximately 50 cm from the floor in the area exposed to the fungus. Remove the coating which is wet, then dry the carpet using a fan, air humidity controller (dehumidifier), or a suction machine.
- Brush the mushrooms as much as possible from the front and rear carpet. Clean the floor under the location attacked by mildew, then wash all parts using a vacuum cleaner or carpet steam cleaner machines.
- Spray antifungal products on the carpet. Follow the instructions on the label. You can also use one of the alternative cleaning products that are discussed later in this article. Ensure antifungal ingredients soak into the carpet fibers and you spray it on both sides of the carpet.
- Brush both sides of the carpet and allow it to dry. Most anti-fungal treatment products do not need to be rinsed.
- Apply antifungal liquid on the floor under the carpet and allow it to dry.
- Spray again antifungal substance in all parts of the carpet and allow it to dry back.
- Let dehumidifier or humidity controller inside the room remains on for a few days afterward to get rid of the remaining spores.
- As soon as possible, wet all the equipment that you use in conjunction with antifungal ingredients to prevent mold spores spread to other parts of your home.
How to Clean Mildew From Wood Floor
- Use a scraper or dull knife to clean the mold from the top surface of the wood, and then use a vacuum to lift the fungus.
- Sand the affected part of the mold, then apply anti-fungal treatment according to the instructions on the product packaging label. Allow to dry, then sanding back and re-apply anti-fungal treatment.
- Let the affected area thoroughly dried. Clean and seal back wood floors if needed.
Anti Fungus Solution What Can I Use?
Plain soap and water mixture will not solve the problem mushrooms. In addition to commercial antifungal sprays designed specifically appropriate for the parts of the house are exposed to the fungus, you can also use the following products:
Bleach or Hydrogen Peroxide
Although bleach is the most common material used to kill fungi, these cleaners only effectively kill mold growing on non-porous materials, such as ceramic tile. The same thing also applies to hydrogen peroxide. Both of these chemicals are very corrosive, so be sure to check whether the chemical is suitable for your floor. Mix 1 part bleach or hydrogen peroxide and 8 parts water. Allow it to sink in, then dry it.
Vinegar and/or Powder Soda Cake
Vinegar does not kill all species of fungi, but effective enough to slow the growth of the fungus. Baking soda powder also has the same effect at the same time to effectively eliminate odor. Use vinegar and let that sink in for about 1 hour before rinsing. Mix the baking soda powder and warm water to form a paste, apply and leave to infuse. After that, wipe or wash with a suction machine.
Tea-Tree Oil and/or Grapeseed Oil (Grapefruit Seed Oil)
Both types of oil are believed to have antifungal and antibacterial powers. Add 1 teaspoon of tea-tree oil or 10 drops of grape seed oil in a cup of water, and place in a spray bottle and spray this product on areas exposed to the fungus, wipe with a clean cloth, then allow it to dry.