Home water damage can cause a multitude of unwanted problems, mold and mildew infestations being one of the worst. When dealing with moldy carpet, many homeowners simply choose to replace it. Yet it may be possible to restore your carpets to their previous state--if you know how. Read on to learn how to eliminate unsightly mold and mildew from your carpet.

Step One: Prepare for the operation.

When dealing with any type of mold, it's important to remember that spores can travel quickly through the air when disturbed. Thus, you want to isolate the area you'll be working in as much as possible. Close any doors and shut off your HVAC system so that mold can't be distributed through your vents. If you have a humidifier, it's a good idea to set this up in the room to help reduce moisture, which is a condition that mold tends to thrive in. 

Step Two: Killing the mold.

There are many effective ways to kill mold. You may elect to use a commercial, chemical-based cleaner, or simply a potent bleach spray. For those with sensitivity to chemicals, there are also numerous ways to kill mold naturally. These include using solutions containing vinegar, tea tree oil, or grapefruit seed extract.

Whatever type of solution you choose to use, be sure to saturate your carpet thoroughly with it. The last thing you want is to allow mold spores hidden deep down in the carpet to survive.

Step Three: Tackle any stains.

Depending on the variety of mold you're dealing with, you may notice that it has left behind unsightly stains--even after you've killed it. Such stains, though frustrating, can usually be removed through the use of a simple cleaning solution comprised of dish soap and water. Simply soak some of this mixture into the stain, then gently scrub it with a stiff bristled brush until the stain lifts away. 

Step Four: Clean the carpet thoroughly.

Unless you already own one, at this point you're going to need to rent a carpet shampooer/vacuum. It's especially important that you shampoo the carpet if you used strong chemicals to kill the mold, as these aren't the kind of substances you want hanging around. Once shampooed, vacuum the area thoroughly. You want to make sure that you remove as much moisture as you possibly can at this stage.

Finally, set up multiple box fans in the room to help distribute air. This will help the carpet dry out more quickly, and thus reduce the chances of more mold taking hold. To learn more, contact a business like Gulf Coast Carpet Cleaning.