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How to Get Mildew Out of a Carpet

Mildew tends to grow on carpets that remain moist and in areas with high humidity. This often happens in basements. Once you notice mildew on your carpet, remove it to keep your carpet in good condition and to protect your health. Mildew can eventually spread and ruin the carpet if you do not tend to it immediately.

Remove mildew from your carpet to keep the carpet in good condition.

Things You Will Need

  • ½ tsp. liquid dishwashing soap
  • 1 cup warm water
  • Bowl
  • Sponge
  • Dry towels
  • 2 tbsp. ammonia
  • 1 cup warm water
  • Washcloths
  • Fan or electric heater

Mildew tends to grow on carpets that remain moist and in areas with high humidity.  This often happens in basements.

Once you notice mildew on your carpet, remove it to keep your carpet in good condition and to protect your health.  Mildew can eventually spread and ruin the carpet if you do not tend to it immediately.

  1. Combine ½ tsp. of liquid dishwashing soap with one cup of warm water in a bowl.
  2. Soak a sponge in the cleaning solution. Wring out any excess solution and scrub the mildew stain. Allow the solution to sit on the mildew area for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse the area with clean water. Blot the mildew area with a dry towel.
  4. Combine two tbsp. of ammonia with one cup of lukewarm water.
  5. Blot the ammonia solution onto the mildew stain with a washcloth. Rinse the area with clean water. This will kill any remaining mildew spores.
  6. Blot the area dry with a towel.
  7. Place rugs and other removable carpeting in the sun until dry. Dry the carpeting indoors with a fan or electric heater.
  8. Tip

    Always test cleaning solutions in an inconspicuous area to ensure they will not damage your carpet.

    Warning

    Wear gloves and a face mask when removing mildew to protect your health.

    Contact a professional to replace your carpets if you notice a lot of mildew.

Things You Will Need

  • ½ tsp. liquid dishwashing soap
  • 1 cup warm water
  • Bowl
  • Sponge
  • Dry towels
  • 2 tbsp. ammonia
  • Washcloths
  • Fan or electric heater

Tip

  • Always test cleaning solutions in an inconspicuous area to ensure they will not damage your carpet.

Warnings

  • Wear gloves and a face mask when removing mildew to protect your health.
  • Contact a professional to replace your carpets if you notice a lot of mildew.

About the Author

Angela LaFollette holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising with a minor in political science from Marshall University. LaFollette found her passion for writing during an internship as a reporter for "The West Virginia Standard" in 2007. She has more than six years of writing experience and specializes in topics in garden and pets.

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