A carpet pad may be prone to mildew, especially if the carpet is placed outdoors or in moist areas. Mildew is a type of mold or fungus, which can thrive and multiply alarmingly in warm or moist areas. If you identify mildew and remove it in a timely manner, you can prevent it from multiplying and destroying the carpets.
You Will Need:
- Vacuum cleaner
- Gloves, mask, goggles
- Soft sponges
- Scrubbing sponge
- Garbage bags
Step 1 – Remove Carpet
Remove the carpet and inspect the back of the carpet. If the mildew has affected the carpet as well, you need to treat the carpet and remove mildew. Wear a protective mask, goggles and gloves while you work because you can easily inhale the spores of fungi. Certain fungi may cause coughing and damage lungs.
Step 2 – Vacuum the Carpet and Pads
Remove mildew from carpets and pads using a vacuum cleaner. This solution will not remove mildew completely, but will absorb a large amount of spores. Make sure you put the vacuum cleaner bag in a garbage bag. Seal the bag and dispose of it, so that you won’t contaminate other surfaces.
Step 3 – Use Vinegar and Detergent
Prepare a solution using 10 parts of water, 1 part vinegar and 1 part detergent. Apply the solution on the carpet pad using a soft sponge and allow to soak for 5 minutes. Vinegar is an acidic solution (acetic acid) and kills most fungi spores.
Step 4 – Scrub the Carpet Pads
Scrub the carpet pads and remove the remaining mildew.
Step 5 – Rinse the Carpet Pads
Rinse the pads with a water hose. Make sure all the detergent is removed and then dry with clean towels.
Step 6 – Dry the Carpet Pads
If you can remove the pads, you can hang them to dry in the sun. If the pads are secured to the floor, use a fan to facilitate the drying. Don’t cover the carpet pads.
Step 7 – Remove Persistent Stains
After the carpet pads are dry, inspect them carefully. Certain fungi may resist cleaning, even if you use vinegar. Use a solution of bleach to get rid of persistent mildew. Dilute 1 part bleach with 10 parts water. Bleach may fade the color of the carpet pads.
There are also a few products that are designed to remove mildew. These contain various chemicals that can exterminate fungi. Steam cleaners can also be employed to eliminate mildew from carpet pads.
Step 8 – Prevent Formation of Mildew
Make sure your carpets are not damp to reduce the risks of mildew formation. If you spill liquids or the carpet gets wet, always hang them to dry and uncover the carpet pads, so that air can circulate and the pads can dry. Check if the carpets have mold or mildew, which can automatically contaminate the pads.