How to Remove Mildew and Musty Smell from Carpet
No matter how much you try to ignore it, a musty carpet filled with mildew can be hard to ignore. But this isn’t only a distraction, it’s a safety hazard for you and everyone on the property that can trigger significant health issues. Prolonging the cleaning process will also result in the spread of damage, possibly even causing the carpet to become irreplaceable.
On the bright side, getting a musty smell out of a carpet is relatively simple. Especially if the area was flooded, getting rid of the odor should be a walk in the park. Here are some tips on how to get mildew and musty smells from the carpet.
1. Dry the area
Musty, earthy, or dank smells – whatever you want to call it – are the result of excess moisture. So the area was definitely wet before the smell started. If there is lingering water damage in the area, dry out the area as best you can or call a professional water damage mitigation company. But keep in mind they may inform you that the carpet will need to be replaced if the carpet was heavily flooded.
2. Vacuum out the area
As soon as the carpet is completely dry, remove the remaining debris by vacuuming the area. A larger vacuum should be able to pick up more dust.
3. Apply vinegar water mixture to the carpet
Vinegar is a great home remedy for absorbing stubborn odors. Depending on the amount of mildew on the carpet, mix one cup of white vinegar for every two cups of water. Add the mixture to a spray bottle and spritz the carpet, creating a light, misty layer. Just keep in mind that too much of the mixture can trigger additional mold growth.
4. Add lots of baking soda
One of the numerous amazing features of baking soda is that it is one of the best odor neutralizers. You can also trust that it won’t damage the carpet or cause harm to your pets.
Allow the baking soda to mix with the vinegar and water mixture for at least a few hours; the longer you wait, the better. It is recommended to let it sit overnight.
6. Using hydrogen peroxide as an alternative
If you still have mildew and the musty smell on your carpet, try using a mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide. For every part of hydrogen peroxide used, use five parts of water. This is also a great remedy to remove the mold spores and eliminate the musty odor.
7. Using foam carpet shampoo as an alternative
The cool thing about removing mold, mildew, and musty odors is that there are many solutions that can be applied. If both the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide fail to do the job, pick up a bottle of foam carpet shampoo from the store.
Add a good amount of the shampoo to the affected area, rubbing it in with a sponge. Then let the shampoo soak in for at least 20 minutes – you do want it to dry. Afterwards, vacuum the shampoo and the remaining debris.
For Extra Stubborn Odors: Call the Professionals
While many stains, mold damage, and musty odors can be removed with products at home, others will need some extra effort.
If you feel that you have exhausted all efforts, or just don’t want to deal with it, you can call on mold remediation professionals. These technicians will apply commercial grade products, using personal protection equipment (PPE) to get rid of the mildew and musty smell from the carpet once and for all.
They will also use a truck-mounted system to clean the carpets professionally, removing the embedded mold spores and debris to restore a like-new look to the carpet. Finally, they can provide the peace of mind of not having to worry about the threat of mildew returning to bring back that musty smell.