It's never fun to discover mildew growing on your carpet. If left untreated it could get you and your family sick. Mildew is a specific type of mold. While mold grows in green or black patches that reach beneath affected material; mildew grows flat and is easily removed. Mold is usually found on food or in permanent structures like floors, walls and crawl spaces, while mildew grows on damp surfaces, fabrics, paper, and other organic materials.
The best way to prevent mildew from forming in the first place is to remember to keep your home dry and moisture-free. An appropriate humidity level inside your home is around 40-50%. Be sure your cooling and heating systems and air ducts are regularly inspected and allow for proper air circulation. Address and repair any leaks in bathrooms, kitchens or other areas prone to moisture.
Mildew is also highly treatable using a commercial grade cleaner and scrub brush. Be sure always to wear a mask to prevent the inhalation of mildew spores and cleaning product fumes. Also, remember to wear rubber gloves while working with these products or around mold or mildew.
Mold and mildew often go unnoticed because it forms on the underside of the carpet, virtually invisible to our eyes. The best way to prevent mildew on your carpet is to have your floors routinely cleaned by a carpet cleaning specialist like Gator Clean. Contact us today for a free quote.