Removing Mold in Carpets: How Jacksonville Carpet Cleaning Services Can Help

carpet moldMany homeowners in Jacksonville, at one time or another, have asked themselves if they should hire a professional carpet cleaning service. Is it worth it and how does it differ from DIY machines that can be purchased or rented at the local department store or supermarket? Hopefully, we answer those questions below.

What Is Carpet Mold?

A mold is a type of fungus. It is most commonly seen on food that has been left in the refrigerator too long but can appear on just about anything, given the right conditions.

Some molds are actually beneficial and are used to flavor cheese or produce antibiotics such as penicillin. But the majority of molds are unsightly at best and can become health hazards at worst.

Carpet mold thrives when two conditions are present in the household: humidity and dirt. Jacksonville’s weather is unique and is considered to be similar to humid subtropical conditions. However this great weather can also promote mold growth in carpets, especially carpets that haven’t been properly cleaned for a long time.

Mold and Health

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) states that mold can have negative health effects on some individuals. These health problems can surface in bouts of sneezing, coughing, or wheezing and other allergic reactions. If serious mold problems exist, it can manifest itself in long-term respiratory problems, headaches, or skin reactions.

Clearly, mold in the household is not very hygienic and the removal of these pathogens can help to produce a healthier environment in the home.

Extract the Mold Out

A carpet cleaning company is able to remove mold and dirt in carpets through water extraction methods. Professional equipment, powered by specialized vans, injects super-heated water and cleaning solutions deep into carpet fibers. Industrial grade carpet vacuum machines extract this dirty liquid and leave behind a clean, fresh smelling carpet that dries quickly in just a few hours.

Keeping Things Clean

Laboratory studies conducted on how mold develops in carpets produced interesting results. Mold seems to grow in humid conditions, but also takes hold when carpets are dirty. The combination of dirt and humidity means optimal conditions for mold to establish itself in carpet fibers.

Vacuuming a carpet regularly, in spite of its clean appearance, will get to the root of the problem of mold buildup and help your carpets to resist mold until the next cleaning.

Call your local professionals at A & C for Jacksonville carpet cleaning services to help your carpets look and smell bright and fresh.