Smelling carpets that are musty are not only unpleasant, but it is dangerous. The smells can make you pungent, an inconvenient nuisance, yes, but the biggest problem is that the indoor air is being polluted with mold spores. Unless the home was recently flooded, getting rid of the smell is relatively simple with a little effort. If the home was flooded and you did not get professional assistance to remove the water, you likely have a mold growth and should call Carpet Care 2000 as soon as possible to avoid mold exposure. Today we would like to share some steps to help you neutralize the musty-smell in your carpets.
Make Sure the Carpets Dry
A musty smell is a sure indication that the carpets were wet or had become moist enough for the musty odor to develop. If there was some kind of water damage, ensure the problem is repaired, and the area is dry. If weather permits, open the window, switch on ceiling fans and place portable fans around the wet area and utilize a dehumidifier. If the carpets were flooded, a professional can determine if the carpets are salvageable.
Vacuum & Treat Carpet
Following the water source repair and the carpets are fully dry, vacuum the carpet well to remove as much as the debris as possible. Use the vacuum in slow strategic patterns to ensure all the dust and debris is removed. Utilize the hose attachment to remove the buildup from the edges and corners. Removing the particle should help the smell begin to dissipate. Treat your carpet by mixing one part white vinegar and two parts warm water in a spray bottle to lightly mist over the carpet. Be cautious and do not oversaturate it as increased moisture can lead to mold growth. Add a generous sprinkling of baking soda. Baking soda is an amazing odor neutralizer; over the top of the vinegar mixture, generously blanket the carpets with baking soda. Allow treatment to sit overnight. The longer you let the treatment to sit, the better. We recommend letting the mixture sit over night for the neutralizing effect to take place. In the morning, simply vacuum up the remnants.
How to Neutralize Odors in Carpet
An alternative method. Using hydrogen peroxide can be effective in neutralizing the mold spores, however, please note, you run the risk of lightening the color of your carpet with this method. Mix five parts water with one part hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle, and moderately apply to the back of the carpets. We only recommend this method if you have experience working with carpet and have the skills to tighten it and reinstall it after you treat it.
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If the odors persist, we recommend calling Carpet Care 2000 and let our specialists determine if the carpets are salvageable. If they can be saved, our technicians can apply more effective products that are exclusive to professionals to help remove the musty smell and kill the mold spores. Call us today to get started.