Does Carpet Cleaning Cause Mold?

If you’re concerned that your carpets are dirty and really want to get them steam cleaned, you may be hesitating because you’ve heard that carpet cleaning can cause mold. But don’t worry: carpet cleaning won’t cause mold IF you hire the right people to do it, AND it is allowed to dry properly.

Here at 1st Class Carpet and Upholstery, for example, with our method, carpets dry within six to eight hours. Mold starts to grow within 48 hours so this time frame is critical. That’s why it’s important to hire the right company.

This doesn’t mean mold can never grow in carpets. It does, for a variety of reasons.

High Humidity

Mold needs warmth, bacteria, and humidity in order to grow. If a carpet has been exposed to these three elements, mold may start to appear. It can grow under the carpet or carpet padding, which makes it very hard to diagnose the problem. If you recently spilled something on the carpet or had some flooding, the risk of mold is high. And if your carpeting is in or near a bathroom or kitchen, you should inspect these areas regularly to make sure no mold growth is occurring. When left unchecked, mold can cause illness in occupants, resulting is a stuffy nose, wheezing, red or itchy eyes, or skin rashes. It can cause more serious health problems in the case of black mold.

Insufficient Cleaning

Improperly-cleaned carpet stains are another source of mold growth. If you never cleaned up a significant spill or stain, mold can start spreading underneath the carpeting, unbeknownst to you. Be careful, though, as carpets exposed to too much water or liquid – even as part of a cleaning regimen — may start to harbor mold.

Low-Quality Carpet

Low-quality carpeting and padding can be exposed to bacteria and humidity, allowing mold to grow. Homeowners may consider installing anti-microbial carpet pads coupled with high-quality carpets. With the right balance of moisture resistance and anti-microbial properties, it’s hard for mold to grow. Rubber-slab padding is wise to install if you live in an area of high humidity.

Improper Carpet Cleaning Practices

If you decide to clean your own carpets and rent a machine from the local department store, you could be doing more harm than good. Professionals use methods that can ensure rapid dry times. The average homeowner will simply let the carpet air dry after a sub-par cleaning. As we said above, mold can start growing within two days. It’s always best to let a professional handle your carpet cleaning so the area can be dried in a rapid manner.

Contact 1st Class Carpet Cleaning & Restoration Services

Now that you’re reassured carpet cleaning does not cause mold when done correctly, you can book our services with confidence. To get a free quote on carpet cleaning near you, call us today at (248) 491-3088.

I could not be happier with our cleaning service from 1st Class! From my first call, Ginny worked with me to optimize the timing of our cleaning with other work being done, and all communication from there was clear and thorough. Claude and Ginny are genuinely nice people and were a pleasure to work with during the cleaning. They clearly know their stuff and stand behind their work. Results were my formerly bedraggled 9 year old carpets looking brand new and a company I will definitely use again and recommend to others.
Sarah C.
This Company did a fantastic job on our 30+ year old carpet that just won't wear out! While we were moving furniture back afterward, I noticed a strip in a traffic area that didn't look quite right. When I contacted them, they were back out within a few hours and promptly took care of the issue!
Sue G.
Awesome company, my furniture looks amazing. They were clean and professional. Also, on time and went right to work!
michele G.
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Sneha P.
Very professional, polite, the carpets looked and smelled wonderful!
Christine L.
I called him on Saturday to clean my couch and my chair and they came out on Sunday and did an awesome job. I will be using this company again
Tina S.
This company is amazing! I highly recommend them! They were on time and super friendly and did an amazing job! Great experience!
Grace S.
Team just left moments ago after carpet cleaning. House looks much better already. They got out stuck on stains. Highly recommend them. After using others, they are now our go to carpet cleaning crew.
J. A.
Are use this company for air duct and dryer vent cleaning services. The team was extremely professional and courteous and informed me of any concerns with my events. I was very happy with the quality of the service and the duration.
Heather S.
1st Class is exceptional. Extremely responsive, courteous, thorough and on time. Definitely recommend! THANK YOU!
Lindsay G.
Wow 1st class is their name for a reason. I had the vent cleaning, carpet cleaning and upholstery cleaning services done today. They did such a thorough job in 2.5 hours for a 2500 sqft house, very nice owners (husband/wife) team that show up and WORK. Very satisfied.
Caitlin S.
Hung up the phone and they were at our front door in minutes. Toilet leaking all over wet carpet.
Chris J.
My 2 dogs got skunked last night. We cleaned up everything we could ourselves but our main rug i couldnt get the smell out. I called 1st class and HANDS DOWN the FASTEST SERVICE IVE EVER GOTTEN. Lucky for me they live down the road and were here at my house 15 mins later. Totally professional, got rid of the smell and so understanding and helpful.Im passing there information on to all my neighbors and friends because you dont get service like they provide anywhere else!!!Thanks again for everything!!!!
Kyle O.
Would recommend this company. On time and courteous. Excellent job on my carpet which was extremely dirty looks great now.
Dorothy M.
They were fabulous! They were early and got some nasty stuff out. Thank you so much.
Laura Y.
We have a carpet that was the best quality at the time, but is 30 years old. It had so many stains, I was sure they were permanent. The owners showed up with state of the art equipment and 'steam' cleaned, not hot water clean, and got almost every stain and mark out of this old carpet. It honestly looks like new. The only stain remaining was because it was actual wood stain and you have to replace the carpet with that much damage. The steam allows you to walk on the carpet in 6 hours instead of the usual 24. We are selling this house and the carpet was the only sore spot, but not anymore. I will recommend this company to family and friends with a clear conscience.
Tom T.