Sunday, February 8, 2015

Preventing Mold and Mildew in Carpets and Rugs

Carpets and rugs keep your home snug. They keep warmth from escaping the room: crucial for bathroom tiles, especially when it comes to the chillier months. And they protect your floor from chafing.

Mold and mildew are a common problem, however. The underside of carpets and rugs are especially susceptible. Here's how to keep them mold- and mildew-free:


Clean regularly
Take out and clean your carpets and rugs on a regular basis, especially for items in high-traffic or high-humidity areas of the home. Take note to clean as instructed by the manufacturer. Don't wash items meant for dry-cleaning. Scrub with a soft brush if needed, and hand-wash items made with sensitive material.

Sun-dry
Hang and dry the items on a sunny day. The natural outdoor warmth and air should dry out the material thoroughly. Less moisture means less risk and incidence of mold or mildew.

Vacuum
Vacuum the items at least once a week to prevent dirt, grime, and moisture from building up in the material. Aside from moisture, dirt and grime make it easier for mold or mildew to grow in the material. Vacuum as needed with a wet-and-dry vacuum to dry up water stains and moisture, especially for items in the bathroom. 

Use apple cider vinegar
Diluted apple cider vinegar can kill and reduce risk of mold and mildew. Pour in a spray bottle and spray on the underside of your carpets and rugs. Allow to dry before placing over the floor.

Keep the humidity low
Air out bathrooms after a shower or a bath. Install an exhaust fan if needed. Air circulation is key: make sure that old, moist air can be funneled out of the room, whilst fresh, dry air be welcomed in.


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