You have spent money to have your carpets cleaned and now it smells worse than it did before. How is that possible? Your carpet is supposed to smell better, right? The gold standard method for cleaning carpets is a process called Hot Water Extraction. This method applies a significant amount of water and solution to the carpet that is then extracted with a high-powered vacuum. The best way to have this done is to use a truck mounted carpet cleaning as they have superior power, water heating abilities, and stronger vacuum. If you hire a company that doesn’t know what they are doing, you can have carpet that is left smelling like musty or moldy.
Carpet Smells Like Mildew After Cleaning
Carpets can smell when too much water is left behind. We’ve all forgotten to put a load of laundry in the dryer from time to time. When you open the washing machine your clothes smell musty. This smell can be cause by microbial growth. The same thing happens in carpet if it’s been left wet for too long. That is why you want to hire a company that uses truck-mounted equipment. 25-50 gallons of water is typically used during the cleaning process. Truck-mounted equipment will extract 90-95% of this water, leading to faster drying times. Cleaning too quickly, using pressure that is too high, old equipment and inferior extraction creates over-wetting. The rental machines you can use will not extract enough water because they are either too weak or inefficient. Rental machines are notorious for leaving carpet too wet.
Carpet Drying Importance
It’s important to get carpets to dry quickly to avoid a musty smell. This happens with air movement in the home. Professionals can use high-powered fans to speed up the drying time. They can also use carpet grooming tools to life carpet fibers so they can dry faster. You can help speed up the drying time by opening windows is it’s a nice day, using the fan on your HVAC system to circulate air through your home and using ceiling fans or box fans.
How to Get Moldy Smell Out of Carpet
The first step in getting rid of a musty smell in your carpet is a visual inspection of the underside of the carpet and the carpet pad. Most carpet can be saved but if it’s soggy or damaged it will need to be replaced. The carpet will need to be cleaned on both sides and an anti-microbial solution will need to be used. The carpet will then need to be reinstalled. If the padding isn’t replaced your carpet will smell again after its been cleaned.
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Proper carpet cleaning does not cause mold. If your carpet is still wet the day after you have it cleaned, it’s an indication that you hired the wrong company. If your carpet is smelly after its been cleaned, or it’s just smelly in general, you should hire the professionals at Carpet Care 2000. We have a team of experts to take on any smelly carpet issues. Give us a call today!