How to Kill Carpet Fungus

Written by stephen a. powell
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Cleaning up unsightly mould can beautify your home, school or office. Mold remediation is also important to maintaining a healthy environment. While mould remediation on non-porous surfaces may only require a simple damp wipe and drying period, carpet fungus removal entails a more elaborate process. Fortunately, you can kill and remove carpet fungus on your own if you have access to a high-efficiency particulate are (HEPA) vacuum and a wet vacuum or steam cleaner.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Wet vacuum (optional)
  • Steam cleaner (optional)
  • HEPA vacuum
  • N-95 respirator mask
  • Gloves
  • Protective eyewear

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Put on protective gear. Wear an N-95 respirator mask, gloves and protective eyewear such as goggles to keep solid mould and loosened spores off of your skin and out of orifices.

  2. 2

    Measure the fungus-infected area of your carpet. The United States Environmental Protection Agency recommends attempting to remediate mould only on carpets with affected areas smaller than 10 square feet. Carpets with affected areas larger than 10 square feet should be cleaned and discarded.

  3. 3

    Use a wet vacuum or steam cleaner to remove the visible solid mould from the fungus-infected area of your carpet. Feel free to wet vacuum or steam clean the entire carpet.

  4. 4

    Allow the carpet to dry thoroughly. Mold remnants may begin to form new colonies if the carpet remains damp.

  5. 5

    HEPA vacuum your carpet. HEPA vacuuming destroys any remnants of mould on your cleaned and dried carpet.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep the carpet clean and dry to avoid future mould growth.
  • Ventilate the area in which you perform carpet fungus remediation. This allows the area to dry faster and allows stirred-up mould and spores to escape.

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