How to remove black mold from carpet

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Mold is a pretty common household problem, especially in areas with high humidity. The reason mould grows is because of excess moisture in your home which can be caused by leaky pipes, a leak in your roof, or poor air circulation and poor ventilation. The most common places in the home to find mould in your home is areas where excess moisture or humidity are found. Places like the bathroom where hot showers cause excess moisture, or in the kitchen where boiling water can cause steam. Then, the attic and the basement are also areas where mould can thrive because of little to no sunlight and poor air circulation. There are also different types of mould, from the less harmful moulds to the black mould which can be very harmful to our health. People exposed to black mould for extended periods of time can experience respiratory issues, headaches and nausea amongst other illnesses. Even the milder forms of mould can be harmful to those who experience asthma or allergies, especially those who have compromised immune systems. This is why it's so important to remove any mould you find in your home as soon as you find it. It will just continue to rapidly spread if you don't. The good news is, you can learn how to remove mould and what kills mould, and the steps are pretty simple. Of course, if your mould issue is a lot more widespread and growing in your walls, you'll want to call in the professionals.

Before you clean any mould, it's super important that you protect yourself first. Getting mould spores in your eyes, nose, mouth or on your skin can be potentially harmful, so make sure that you wear gloves, a mask and eye protection before you even start to clean. Also, make sure that anyone helping you is wearing such protective hear and that other people in the house are out while you're cleaning it up. You'll also want to close off the room where you're cleaning the mould, so make sure to seal off doorways, windows, and vents with some plastic sheeting and duct tape. When you pull up the carpet, the mould spores will escape and try to get to other areas of the home, so it's important to keep them contained so you can kill them. Once you're all prepared and ready to clean grab some soap and water to wash the mouldy area. Scrub the carpet with a brush and then make sure you put anything you've used to clean mould in a garbage bag to throw away after.

After you scrub with warm water and soap you'll then need to disinfect the area. Many people use bleach and water, but you can use white vinegar too if you're looking for a natural option. Put the cleaner on the mouldy area and let it sit for a few hours at least, if not more. Then, rinse off with warm water and spray with some plain vinegar to help keep it away, or sprinkle some baking soda on the area to absorb excess moisture and to prevent mould from growing again. Learning about what kills mould and what will keep it away is so important too. Other natural cleaners that kill mould are tea tree essential oil, grapeseed extract, borax, hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol. You can use any of these natural cleaners in place of bleach whenever you have mould to clean up. Also, to prevent mould from growing back, you'll want to continue to clean the area where you found it regularly and keep the air in your home fairly dry by using a dehumidifier.***

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