Facing the smell that mom used to get rid of?
Well mate, you can miss your mom for better reasons because we got your back.
Before coming to this page, you might have noticed there is a ton of article telling you how to get rid of mildew smell in carpet. So, why are we better?
Because we made it simple. Cleaning is hard work, especially something that you can’t see. Furthermore, the smell in your carpet is growing by the day.
So scroll down and solve your problems.
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How to remove mold & mildew smell from carpet
We are first addressing the main reason you are here for then we will move on to some additional information and tips that will equip you to deal with this mildew problem better.
Get rid of the moisture source
The first step of cleaning a mildew smell is getting rid of the reason what is causing the problem.
Here, moisture is the biggest culprit. This moisture could be from any leakage in your walls and floor. Your clothes and curtains may also smell musty if not dried thoroughly after a wash. There might also be a recent spill of liquids that has brewed the fungi spreading the smell.
So get rid of those leakages first. Otherwise, the smell will keep coming back. And, if carpets and other cloths are wet, dry them first.
The sunbath treatment to remove mildew smell
If it is possible, then get your carpet under the sun and keep it there for a whole day. Mildew dies quicker than vampires under the sun. The smell might still be there for a day or two, but you can consider the job done. It’s a longterm solution.
I don’t know why people don’t suggest this more often. This worked the best for me. Hopefully, it will work for you too.
However, if it is not possible, you can go for the following remedies.
How to get rid of mildew smell from carpet
Step 1: First, you need to vacuum the area. Unlike mold, mildew is powdery and flaky. So, using a powerful vacuum can make your work far more manageable.
Step 2: Next, you need to decide your weapon of choice. Your options are-
- Vinegar and baking soda
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Carpet soap
- Mobile phone (to call the professionals)
Most people end up using all of the above.
Step 3: If you want to use the homemade vinegar solution, then get a spray bottle and mix one cup of vinegar with every two cups of water. Too much of it might make your room smell like vinegar.
Use warm water. And, make sure to use a spray bottle. Pouring the solution into your carpet will only make matters worse. You want a light coat of the liquid on the carpet. Leave it like this for five to ten minutes. After the vinegar has set in, you can give it a rub with a sponge.
I mix a drop or two of citrus essential oil in the solution. Speaking of smells, you need to keep all the doors and windows open during the cleaning process to let the odor out easily. I also prefer air drying the rug during this process.
In this stage, you can use either hydrogen peroxide or store-bought carpet soap. The rest of the process is the same. However, use five cups of water for each cup of hydrogen. Be extra cautious with this chemical and use protective measures like gloves, masks, and eye protection.
Step 4: Put a generous amount of baking soda on the affected area. Baking soda is very good at soaking the musty smell. Let it sit there for a minimum of 20 minutes. Also, let it dry in the process.
Step 5: Lastly, you need to vacuum the area again to clean the remaining debris. Use a powerful wet/dry vacuum for the best results. If the soda is not coming off, then brush it a little bit. This should do the trick.
Step 6: If all of the steps above have failed to solve your problem, then you have no option but to call the professionals. I know that they can be costly. But the next best option is throwing away the whole carpet.
FAQs On Removing Mildew Smell in Carpet
Here are some common questions that you guys may have on how to get mildew smell out of carpet.
Can I repeat the same process with mildew smell in car?
You can use it everywhere. Do it in your car, clothes, and other parts of your home.
Isn’t carpet soap a better option
You can call it an easier option. But vinegar is way more reliable than store-bought carpet soap.
What is the humidity limit for preventing mildew growth?
Relative humidity levels above 60 give rise to mildew in your home. Keep it between 30-50 HR.
What kinds of vinegar is best for the job?
I do not have proven records, but distilled white vinegar seems to be the best one.
Does cat litter really helps with mildew smell?
It helps reduce the smell, but the idea is not that practical and costs more than other methods. Not to mention the consequences if you have a pet cat in your home.
Can I use acid in the solution?
A: Yes, you can. But not go too far with it. I will rather leave it if the case is not that bad.
Which is the cheapest option?
Vinegar is usually the cheapest option. But you might wonna check your local store for a better idea.
Can I use the same process with mold smell?
With a light mold situation, you can. But heavy mold problems might need other treatments. Check our article on *** for better information.
Should I give some time to the vinegar solution to mix well?
It is better if you do. But if you are in a hurry, then a good shake should also do the trick.
What types of carpets smell more?
Nylon, polyester, olefin, and wood tend to hold more smell than other carpets.
Sorry if it sounded geeky. I have been watching young Sheldon too much.
However, this is a complete thesis on getting rid of mildew smell in carpet that might get me the noble price someday. Follow the step by step process, and you should have the freshness returned to your house.