When we hear the word “mold” or “fungus”, we don’t exactly get excited. When mold makes its way into your home, particularly onto your carpet, it’s definitely time to take action and get rid of it as soon as possible before it spreads.
If you need a few ideas to get going, COIT offers a step-by-step guide to mold stain removal to keep your carpets healthy and looking its best.
What is Mold?
By definition, mold is a type of fungus that finds its food, and ability to grow, directly from its surroundings. It can come in a variety of colors, ranging from black to white to orange and green.
Before we dive deeper into the steps required for proper mold removal, let’s take a deeper look to learn a bit more about the types of mold you may encounter.
Three Most Common Types of Household Mold
1. Stachybotrys atra - black mold
2. Cladosporium – black or green mold
3. Aspergillius – yellow-green on surface; gold or reddish brown underneath
Believe it or not, there are actually thousands of species of mold found all over the world. The one thing all of these mold types have in common: they all require moisture in order to grow and thrive. It’s important to keep the areas of your home as dry as possible to prevent mold growth. So what are the effects of mold on its surroundings when it spreads?
Health Hazards of Mold
Mold exists in nature and is commonly found in dust around your home and your workplace. There are, however, some key facts about mold that everyone should be aware of from a health and safety perspective.
When mold is present in large quantities, this can be harmful to humans, causing respiratory issues and potential allergic reactions.
Some mold contains mycotoxins, which are harmful to both humans and animals, according to research. This type of mold is considered toxic, though not all types of mold contain these harmful mycotoxins.
How Does Mold Reproduce?
Mold reproduces and spreads through its production of spores. These spores can quickly form large colonies through mitosis and meiosis. Some mold spores can be passed through the air as well, which is why it’s important to tackle mold stain removal sooner rather than later if you discover it in your home.
Very few molds are able to reproduce at temperatures of 39 degrees or lower, which is why we refrigerate our food at this temperature. Some species of mold will remain alive, but in a dormant state, even when it’s not able to grow. Mold’s ability to withstand certain conditions is one strong reason to consider investing in professional mold removal.
Professional Mold Removal
Some mold stains are best handled by professionals in order to fully remove them. If you’re looking for a 100% satisfaction guarantee, call COIT and speak to a representative today to learn more about our cleaning services. You’ll get the best mold removal treatment to keep your carpet feeling fresh and looking clean.