How to Avoid Moldy Carpets

By Micheal Sweet on January 14, 2018

How to Avoid Moldy Carpets

If you’ve ever had carpet mold, you understand how imperative it is to avoid it. If you have yet to experience this, take our word and avoid it at all costs. When it gets on tile or hardwood, it can be difficult to eliminate, but carpet is the worst case scenario in regard to mold. Mold is often found on the carpet backing which makes it impossible to locate and take care of before it’s too late. In general, when you think of mold forming, you imagine water is the main culprit and taking care of excess moisture will handle the mold problem, but that’s unfortunately only half true. In reality, it’s much easier to keep this from occurring than it is to take care of it after it’s accrued.

Application of Science

Several studies have been conducted on how these spores take hold and begin to grow on the backside of your carpet. They measured the development in various conditions of carpet, such as dirty, old, new, and clean. The researchers applied varying humidity levels and then measured the mold growth. They determined their high-humidity point at around 80 percent, and ran tests to see how this fostered mold growth. Within their findings, they established that dirty carpet produced mold more than moisture did across the board. Leading to the conclusion that if you have a high level of humidity, and proceed to not keep your carpets clean, you’re going to get mold growth. Obviously, one of the most effective ways of keeping your carpets clean is to purchase commercial carpet cleaning services and let them know about your concerns about mold. They’ll take care of the rest.

Your Carpet’s Protections

It’s actually fairly difficult to infest a carpet with mold. Spores don’t just spontaneously appear and start to fester. Most carpets nowadays are hypoallergenic, and include fibers like nylon which are at least somewhat antibacterial. Other, natural carpets promise even better fibers that will resist the growth of mold effectively. The thing you’re really going to have to worry about is the perfect conditions for these mold spores to thrive. It’s not like average bacteria, it lives much longer and can actively grow in some weird places, much like the back side of your carpet. In the winter and during rainy months is when you’re going to have to be most careful. Dirt which carries both spores and moisture is going to be the main culprit when making your mold seed or spread. There’s no way to be aware of the breaking point for your carpet’s defenses, so just be careful from the start and leave your shoes on the tile or at the front door on the rug.


If you suspect you have mold in your carpets, there are a few things to look for before identifying the issue definitively. Your family’s symptoms will vary because not everyone reacts to a certain mold the same. Mostly, it’s going to appear as heightened allergies, which can be tough to benchmark because of the season or the presence of an animal. Watch out for symptoms like really itchy eyes, coughing and sneezing if you suspect that mold is present in your home. The worrisome part about diagnosing this issue is, if left untreated for long periods of time, you may suffer from permanent lung damage and exasperated infections. Your key indicator is going to be the smell, it’s going to smell musty and old in your house, which can be especially hard to locate in an older house as the building materials tend to smell like this after some time.

Black Mold

It’s the main toxic manifestation of common molds. If it’s black mold, you may experience common allergy-like symptoms along with chronic fatigue, headaches, and rashes. If left untreated, this toxic mold exposure will manifest itself through symptoms like vomiting, nausea, and bleeding in the lungs or nose.

If you suspect that you have a mold issue, toxic or not, it’s best to get tested and then pursue cleaning options. To avoid further respiratory irritation and exposure to the spores, it’s best to choose a thorough cleaner like Sweettouch for all of your mold infestation issues.

Avoid Mold 

There are a few precautions you can take to assist your carpet with warding off the mold. To be truly safe, avoid high-humidity levels. A 65 percent humidity level will keep your mold growth mostly non-existent. Luckily we all live in a desert since we’re located in the Phoenix area, so this shouldn’t be much of an issue unless you use a humidifier or boil water to keep your moisture levels up in your home. A harder point to maintain is the heat, it’s recommended to keep the heat level low to keep your carpet in top shape. Air conditioning can get expensive down here in Arizona, so just be aware that letting your temperature climb too high might be detrimental to more than your average deodorant usage. A clean carpet is the key to success here, as you might have assumed. Regular carpet cleanings and vacuuming (around once per week), will foster that antibacterial aspect that your carpet already possesses. Note that if you’re into using a natural carpeting option like wool, you’re going to experience a higher rate of mold growth.

Schedule a Carpet Cleaning

If you’re looking to prevent or tend to a mold issue in your carpets turn to Sweettouch LLC. We’re prepared to help you with all of your floor cleaning needs to ensure that your home stays clean and healthy despite the potential ravages of nature. Our professional carpet cleaning services will render your home fresh and feeling brand new. Contact us today to get a fair quote on your Glendale or Buckeye home.

We provide carpet cleaning for Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria, Scottsdale, Avondale, Goodyear, Buckeye, Surprise, and the surrounding areas.

Our goal is to make your home feel fresh again by removing the stains and odors from your carpets.