How To Get Rid Of Mildew Smell In Carpet
Water hazards can get pretty harsh, especially in furniture. They leave more than just a wet sofa or cushion for you to fix. Furniture like cushions and carpets are not very nifty once they are polluted with water. They will have a certain odor that will prove unbearable to everyone inside the house. Of course, this isn’t permanent. You could do something about this before the odor starts to stick and becomes hard to remove. This is what people call mildew smell. It will persist and stay in your carpet until you decide to do something about it. With the foul odor it emits, no one could bear staying near the wet carpet. Whenever this happens, especially in your living room, it could spell trouble for your family and guests. Not only will they be befuddled by the smell, but they will tend to stay in their own rooms until it is gone.
Getting rid of mildew smell is simple enough. With much effort and resources, you yourself can get rid of this foul smelling odor without paying a cleaner to do so. All you need are some household chemicals and equipments. Total eradication of the mold is the first step in securing a mildew-free carpet. Even through many cleaning, if the mold is still present, the mildew odor will persist. So in order to solve the problem, you must remove the entire mold infestation and make sure it is gone to get rid of the odor as well. Not to mention some molds are hazardous to your health. If the problem still persists after doing everything listed below, you may need to consult a professional. Otherwise, read ahead to know how to get rid of mildew smell in carpets.
Begin by drying your wet carpet
If it is already dry, you may start to vacuum the dried carpet. If not, soak up the excess water and do the waiting game until the carpet is fully dry. This is to avoid getting any lint from the vacuum or other sources into the carpet.
Mix cleaning solution
Do a little mixing with 2 cups of water, 2 cups of vinegar, and a cup of baking soda in a container. Now put the mixed formula into a spray bottle. Use it to spray the area where you suspect the mildew odor is at. Do not soak the carpet with the solution. Just spray enough to make the carpet a bit damp.
Use a rag or sponge to clean the area vigorously
Rinse out the soaked sponge or rag and apply another round of cleaning with the mixture. Continue to clean well until it is ready for the baking soda. After vigorous scrubbing, sprinkle a generous amount into the area with baking soda.
When the carpet is dried once more, start to vacuum again. After doing so, put 3 teaspoons of natural vanilla in another spray bottle and not the same one you used for the other mixture. Now spray the vanilla all over the area that was previously cleaned. This will eradicate remaining mildew smell as well as spring a fabulous smell to your carpet. See if the odor is completely gone. After one day, check in the morning if the odor is completely gone. If it is, you have nothing to worry about. If not, repeat the steps above.