If you have encountered flood or any type of water damage in your house recently, be cautious as your carpets may give you a lingering smell which is not only annoying but can also become a cause of a number of health issues. This lingering smell may be an indication of mold growth in the house due to the presence of moisture in the carpet or hidden areas of the house. Therefore, it is important to get mildew smell out of the carpet before it did any more damage to your house.
Tips to get rid of mildew smell from the carpet
Getting rid of the mildew smell may seem like a challenge, but once you know how to handle it, the task is pretty much simple. First of all, you need to make sure that the source of moisture or water damage is taken care of. Deal with any leaking taps or other sources of water in the house so that the issue does not continue to spread. Deal with the mold issue next to cut the source of the smell. You can call in the professionals to do the task if you are not sure what to do on your own.
After doing the necessary steps, you can follow the below-listed tips to get rid of the mildew smell from the carpet.
Completely dry the carpets out.
Lingering moisture is the main cause of mildew smell in the carpet and the only way to remove it is by completely drying out the carpet. If your room has windows, make sure to keep it open for some time in order to let the fresh air cross and accelerate the drying process. You can also use floor fans to speed up the drying process of the carpet but make sure to point the fan in the direction of the carpet. Dehumidifiers are also of great help as it absorbs moisture from the air and from the carpet fibers as well helping you to dry out the carpets.
Use a vinegar cleaning solution.
Vinegar is good for removing mildew smell from the carpet. You can mix a cup of vinegar in 2 cups of water (Lukewarm) in a spray bottle and gently spray it on the carpet. Do not over saturate the carpet as it may worsen the smell. After spraying the mixture, let it sit for a few minutes, then turn the fan on for drying it.
Pour baking soda on the affected area to absorb smells.
Baking soda is good for the absorption of moisture and smell and it can be used safely on the carpets with children around. Spread the baking soda on the affected areas and let it do its job overnight, then use a vacuum to clean it in the morning and Voila!
Place vinegar bowls in the room.
Vinegar is great for lifting odor from the room. You can place bowls full of vinegar in various spots in the room and give it a few days to remove the smell. Your room will be free from the smell in a couple of days.