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How do I clean mold out of carpet fiber?

If carpet becomes wet, damp or soggy, you could be faced with mould growing in the fibres. Mold can both stain and deteriorate the carpet while filling the area with a musty odour. When you find mould growing in your carpet fibres, the quicker you remove it the easier it will be. You can remove mould from carpet fibres by hand or with the help of a carpet-cleaning machine.

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  1. Fill a 5-gallon bucket with 1 gallon of water. Add 2 cups of distilled white vinegar and 1/4 cup of liquid dish soap. Mix with a wooden spoon.

  2. Use a soft scrub brush to scrub the mixture into the carpet fibres. Scrub in a circular motion. Continue scrubbing until all mould is removed from the carpet fibres.

  3. Rinse the carpet thoroughly by blotting it with a clean cloth dampened in cool water.

  4. Remove excess water from the carpet by patting with a dry towel.

  5. Turn fans towards the carpet to help speed the drying process.

  6. Visit your grocery store or home-improvement centre. Rent a carpet-cleaning machine. You may be required to show two forms of ID and leave a deposit. If you return the carpet-cleaning machine in the same condition in which you received it, you will be refunded your deposit.

  7. Remove all items, including furniture and rugs, from the carpet. Vacuum the carpet thoroughly to remove surface dirt and debris.

  8. Read and follow all instructions and warnings printed on the carpet-cleaning machine.

  9. Fill the water container with hot water. Fill to the indicator line and add 1 to 2 cups of distilled white vinegar. Replace the container onto the carpet-cleaning machine.

  10. Begin at the area farthest away from the entrance and work toward it. This will keep you from walking over freshly cleaned carpet.

  11. Squeeze the trigger on the carpet-cleaner, which releases the cleaning solution, while pushing the machine forward.

  12. Pull the carpet-cleaner back in the same path as you pushed it. Pulling the machine back will scrub the carpet while removing the excess liquid from the carpet fibres.

  13. Continue in this manner until you have thoroughly cleaned the carpet and removed the mould.

  14. Turn fans towards the carpet to help speed the drying process.

  15. Tip

    Use a dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air and help prevent mould growth.

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Things You'll Need

  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Wooden spoon
  • Soft scrub brush
  • Cloth
  • Towels
  • Fans
  • Carpet cleaning machine

About the Author

Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.

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