How to Remove Mildew From Carpet

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When removing mildew stains from carpet, wear a mask and vacuum up the mildew before soaking it with soapy water. Apply ammonia to the carpet to kill the mildew before blotting it dry with tips from a contractor's assistant in this free video on carpet... View Video Transcript

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Josh Bale

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Hi, we're back and we're going to be moving on to mildew stains out of carpet fibers. Now my experience with mildew stains is that they can be pretty nasty. So you want to be careful and where a mask. If it's the standard carpet on the floor, you want to vacuum it. And just make sure that you empty, you throw away the vacuum cleaner bag once you're done. Once you vacuum the carpet fibers, the first think you want to do is you want to mix a solution of 1/2 teaspoon of liquid soap with a cup of water, lukewarm water. Then you want to take the solution and you want to sponge it in to the carpet fibers. Make sure you soak it pretty well. And once you do that you want more water and you want to mix it in and douse the area with it. And you want to take a cloth and just blot the area dry. And once you've done that, the next step is to take two tablespoons of ammonia and you want to mix that with a full cup of water. You want to blot rinse this solution in to the area. This is going to help to kill the mildew that's still in the carpet. So after you put down the ammonia solution, you want to let it sit in the carpet fibers for about an hour to give it a chance to kill the remaining residual mildew. Then once you come back, you continue with soaking the carpet fibers and blotting it dry. Once the carpet fibers are blotted dry, you want to put an electric fan in the area with an electric heater and to circulate the air as much a possible. This will allow it to both dry as fast as it can and also help to prevent the mildew from regrowing before the stain has had a chance to dry. And that is how you get mildew stains out of carpet fibers.