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Month: April 2021

Signs Your Carpet has Mold

Carpets are a great flooring option that provides soft comfort in the home. But carpet can be very prone to developing mold. Carpets can retain dampness from spills, wet shoes and general humidity in your home, and if they are not cleaned on a regular basis, can harbor bacteria and allergens that can cause mold to develop.

It can be difficult to tell if your carpet has mold. It’s important to do regular check-ins with the state of your carpet. 

Musty Odors

One of the main signs of mold growing is a musty smell. If you are at home a lot, you may not notice the smell because you have become accustomed to it. But when someone else visits they will likely smell it. Take note of any comments that visitors make so you can determine if there is a musty smell. 

Unexplained Allergies

Carpet mold is known to cause allergies and exacerbate asthma and other breathing issues, like bronchitis. If you are others in your household have unexplained allergies or respiratory issues you should inspect your carpet. 

Damp Carpet

A wet carpet is the perfect environment to grow mold. If you notice that your frequently wet or damp, there may be a leak somewhere. This will lead to mold if it is not taken care of because dampness is the perfect home for mold. This is most commonly an issue in basement carpets. Take care to dry the area as soon as you spill something or notice the damp carpet because there will be mold. If the carpet is wet for longer than a day, then mold is likely to grow there. Dry out the spill as soon as possible to prevent this.  

Discoloration

Mold typically appears white, black or in differing shades of green. When mold is in the advanced stages of growth you will probably be able to see the discolored patches on your carpet. You can also check the underside of your carpet to check to see if there is mold growing there. It is more likely to develop underneath the carpet before appearing on the visible parts of the carpet. Check the underside of your carpet frequently to prevent mold from advancing to this stage.  

Old Carpeting 

Even thought have regularly professional cleanings and repairs on your carpet can extend its life, eventually your carpet will get old. Carpet that is past its life span is more likely to grow mold. Dirt and dust can accumulate underneath the carpet. The older it is the more likely this will happen. Be sure to replace your carpet when it has reached its end to prevent mold from developing. 

Mold Testing Kit

A good way to know if there is mold on your carpet is by using a mold testing kit. Kits work by testing the flow of air across your carpet. Mold spores will land on the kit if there are any and they will multiply which will give you your results. You can perform this test yourself or get a mold inspector to perform the test. 

Conclusion

If there is mold in your carpet you can take some measures to remove it yourself, however it is better to call a professional carpet cleaner to help you determine the best form of action to remove the mold. 

Take preventative measures like managing the humidity in your home and having your carpet cleaned regularly by a professional to extend the life of your carpet and prevent mold developments. 

 1 Business Insider states that the average lifespan of a carpet is 8-10 years

Why You Should Get Your Pittsburgh Carpet Cleaned for Spring

Everyone has heard of spring cleaning, but does anyone know the benefits of spring cleaning your carpet? Spring cleaning can seem like a hassle but knowing these benefits can make it worth it. Spring cleaning leads to a host of benefits to your home.

Improving Air Quality 

Cleaning your carpet removes dust, allergens, pet dander, and dirt build up in your carpet fibers. By cleaning your carpet and removing these allergens the air quality in your home will improve because these allergens will not be kicked up into the air from daily movements. 

Removal of Dust Allergens

Along with improving the air quality of your house, cleaning your carpet for spring and removing allergens is simply good overall. When these allergens are disturbed and released into the air it can irritate your allergies and a host of other symptoms. Especially because spring is the season of allergies getting your carpet cleaned will help prevent this from happening in your home.

Removing of Dust Mites 

The dust inside your home is largely due to skin you shed every three days. Dust can lead to dust mites and if you’re not cleaning frequently you can have a dust mite infestation. While your carpet may seem clean on the surface but within the fibers there can be ingrained dirt and dust and dust mites. A deep clean of your carpets for springtime can help eliminate any infestations. 

Removal of Bacteria and Germs

Bacteria and germs can be deep within your carpet fibers. Having your carpets professionally cleaned to lift out the dirt and bacteria that have built up within the carpet that you can’t get through simple vacuuming. 

Preventing Mold and Mildew Growth

Mold and mildew can grow in your carpet if it gets moist or wet and the spill is not cleaned up and dried properly. Getting your carpet cleaned in the springtime by professionals will remove and prevent mold and mildew that could be growing in your carpet. As the temperatures in the spring and summer increase that means a rise in humidity which can lead to mold growth. If you get your carpet cleaned before there is an increase in humidity that could increase mold growth. Professional cleanings can remove any mold buildup and then help keep your carpet dry. 

Refreshing Your Carpets Color and Texture

Cleaning your carpet for spring can restore the color and texture of your carpet. Dirt buildup can deteriorate the state of your carpet. Removing the dirt can remove any dirt buildup that has been affecting your carpet and make it look fresh and new. Doing this regularly prevents the buildup and keep your carpets in good condition by taking preventive measures. Within your carpet’s fibers are all the trapped dirt and particles that have fallen to the floor since it was last cleaned. Over time these particles wear out the carpet as you walk on them and dull its color and texture. A spring cleaning will help restore life and vibrancy back to your carpet’s color and texture.

Removal of Stains

Overtime carpets will gain stains and discoloration but having an annual spring cleaning will help get rid of those stains and prevent stains from getting embedded into your carpet, furthering the life of your carpet. 

Protecting a Major Investment

Carpets cost a lot of money, so it makes sense that you would want to keep them in the best condition possible. Having a yearly spring cleaning will help maintain the life of your carpet. Keeping it clean will help maintain this investment and prevent you from spending money to replace your entire carpet suddenly. By taking care of your carpet with regular cleanings it will stay fresh and clean and last longer. 

Conclusion

Spring cleaning can seem like a drag, but carpet cleaning is one of the spring cleaning steps that can help your whole home feeling clean and fresh and improving your health. 

 

1 Spring is when allergy season begins in the U.S. according to The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunologyhttps://acaai.org/allergies/types/mold-allergy

 

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