Mold can be dangerous, especially when it lurks in or under your carpet. Touching or inhaling it can cause allergic reactions, leading to sneezing, skin rashes, red eyes and runny noses, and it can also cause asthma attacks and irritate the lungs and throat.
While most people associate mold with musty basements and bathrooms, carpeting is a high-risk area for growth. Mold requires oxygen, moisture and a food source to grow, and rugs and wall-to-wall carpeting may be ample breeding grounds for spores in the right conditions. Keep reading to discover the most common causes of carpet mold and how a commercial carpet shampooer or commercial carpet extractor can help reduce the risk of mold growth in your home or business.
Mold will likely begin to appear in carpets that have been exposed to humidity, warmth and bacteria. When causes by high humidity, mold will first appear under the carpet or within its padding, which makes it tough to diagnose. The risk of mold growth increases after recent flooding or spills, but it can also appear in homes and facilities in high-humidity climates. Regularly inspect the rugs and carpeting near your facility’s breakrooms and restrooms for signs of mold.
Using a Bissell carpet cleaner and commercial carpet shampooer can reduce your risk of mold. When stains and spills go untouched, they can quickly cause the development of mold. Vacuum regularly and use commercial carpet extractors to tackle tough stains.
Improperly installed carpets or those made of low-quality materials are at greater risk of developing mold. If you invest in new carpets, choose anti-microbial pads that provide moisture resistance and make it harder for mold to grow. This is particularly important in regions that experience high humidity.
To learn more about our commercial carpet shampooers and carpet cleaners, contact our team today at 1-800-242-1378. We are happy to recommend the best products for your needs and the most effective solutions for avoiding and tackling carpet mold.