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How to get rid of moss on outdoor carpet

Updated February 05, 2018

Moss will grow anyplace conditions are ideal for it. These conditions include plenty of shade and moisture and some kind of dirt or soil. Outdoor carpet is often used on porches, and most people prefer shady porches. The lack of sunlight increases moisture on the carpet, and the presence of even a small amount of dirt or soil gives moss a foothold. Before you spend the time and money to replace your outdoor carpet, try a bleach solution or vinegar to get rid of the moss.

Put on your gloves. Mix 1 cup bleach with 1 gallon of warm water. Fill the spray bottle with the bleach solution.

Spray the solution on the moss on your outdoor carpet. Saturate well. Let the solution sit for 15 minutes.

Scrub the moss with a push broom or scrub brush until it is removed. Spray the carpet with more of the bleach solution as needed.

Rinse the area well with water from a garden hose. Pressure from the hose will help remove any remaining moss. Place a box fan near the area to speed up drying.

Pour undiluted vinegar into a spray bottle.

Spray the moss on your outdoor carpet. Saturate well. Let the vinegar sit for 15 minutes.

Scrub the moss with a push broom or scrub brush until it is removed. Spray with more of the vinegar as needed.

Rinse well using water from the hose. Pressure from the hose will help remove any remaining moss. Place a box fan near the area to speed up drying.

Tip

Treat the outdoor carpet with bleach or vinegar every couple of weeks to prevent excessive moss growth.

Warning

Do not get bleach on your skin or in your eyes. If this occurs, call your doctor immediately.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Bucket
  • Bleach
  • Spray bottle
  • Push broom or scrub brush
  • Garden hose
  • Box fan
  • Vinegar
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About the Author

Jess Jones has been a freelance writer since 2005. She has been a featured contributing writer for "Curve Magazine" and she teaches English composition at a small college in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received her Master of Arts in English language and literature in 2002.