How to Remove Mold Out of Rugs

How to Remove Mold Out of Rugs

A wet rug can become a breeding ground for mold. The stagnant moisture 

provides mold spores with an environment fit for germination, and the organic 

carpet fibers provide natural food. 


The faster you tackle the mold, the easier the task will be, because mold spores 

multiply and spread rapidly. Some molds have toxic properties, so you should 

treat the problem not only as a cleanliness issue,but as an important health issue.


Things You Will Need:

  • Trash bag
  • Broom
  • Electric heater
  • Dehumidifier
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Detergent
  • Rug shampoo
  • Sponge


1.Take your rug outdoors. If possible, place it in a thick trash bag in order

to avoid tracking mold through your home. Once outside, allow the rug to

air dry and brush away the loose spores with a broom. If you’re cleaning 

a carpet that cannot be moved, just dry the carpet fibers using a 

dehumidifier or an electric heater.


2.Vacuum your rug’s surface with a hand-held vacuum or with a hose extension 

on a traditional vacuum. This will draw out the mold spores from deep within 

the fibers. Make sure to immediately wash your vacuum filter outdoors.


3.Sponge the rug with soapy water, using regular household detergent. 

Alternately, a rug shampoo should do the trick. Scrub the surface wherever 

mold has appeared, and then sponge again with clean water to remove the soap. 

Mold spores can hide within the carpet fibers, so scrub the rug even if it looks 

clean after vacuuming.


4.Dry your rug in the sun if possible. For non-movable carpets, use your heater, 

dehumidifier or high-powered fans. Do not allow your rug to remain damp, as 

this allows for new mold growth. Get the rug completely dry before you walk 

away from the job.