The Telltale Signs of Carpet Mold

If you have carpets in your home or business, the last thing you want to find is mold lurking under, in, or on top of them. Mold is not only hazardous to your health, but also expensive to remove and leaves even more costly damage in its wake.

Keeping your carpets clean and dry, inspecting their condition regularly, and watching for indications of mold are the most important steps to take to extend the life and uphold the quality of your carpets. Be on the lookout for the most common giveaways of carpet mold below!


One of the most obvious signs of mold growing on your carpet is a stale, musty smell. It isn’t necessarily a strong or putrid aroma, so members of the household or business employees who spend a lot of time around the carpet may not notice it. If you suspect carpet mold, ask a visitor to come by and identify any smells you might’ve missed.


If you notice patches or spots of black, white, or green on your carpet, you’re likely dealing with advanced mold growth. Discoloration will first appear underneath the carpet, then emerge on top as growth progresses. Checking under your carpets regularly for these spots of discoloration will help you catch mold growth and treat it before it can advance.


Mold develops in the event of prolonged water exposure (more than a day) and persistent humid conditions. Keep an eye on your carpet for wet spots or water damage that may indicate a leak. If you catch excessive moisture early, you can have your carpet cleaned and dried before mold has a chance to invade.

Health Symptoms

As we mentioned earlier, mold exposure causes some pretty unpleasant health effects. If you or others who spend a lot of time around your carpets—household residents, business staff—start to experience breathing problems, coughing, sneezing, eye irritation, or other flared up allergy symptoms, you should have your carpets checked for mold.

Whether it’s a natural disaster, leaky pipe, or parade of rain-soaked shoes that causes water damage to your carpet, Horizon Carpet, Upholstery, Tile & Grout Cleaners can perform water extraction, employ measures to eliminate the threat of mold, and restore your carpet to its original quality.

Get in contact with one of our technicians today so we can save your carpet and get it looking as good as new!