How To Get Rid Of Carpet Odor From Water Damage
If you’ve ever experienced a flood or leak that has caused water damage to your carpet, you know how tough it can be to eliminate the resulting odors from your carpeting. Even after you believe all repairs are complete, you can still be left with a musty smell. If this has happened to you, you are likely smelling mold or mildew in your carpet. Mold and mildew spread like wildfire in areas that are damp, warm, and dark, just like your home’s carpeting after water damages it.
Though the smell can be nauseating, getting rid of it can be fairly easy to do. You first must ensure that they cause of the water damage has been completely repaired, since you don’t want to have the smell return after you believe you have eliminated it. You may want to call a professional who is experienced in dealing with water damage to make sure underlying issues are fixed, as this can be difficult to do for non-professionals.
After you know you have stopped the source of the problem, you need to completely dry your carpets. You can rent floor fans to accelerate the process of drying. Dehumidifiers also help get moisture out of your carpets. You also need to open all windows in the room and leave them open for several hours a day until the floor is dry.
Next, you can try treating the carpet with a cleaning solution made of one cup of white vinegar and two cups of warm water. Put this in a spray bottle and spray the solution on affected areas of the carpet. Don’t use too much vinegar, because you don’t want to replace your mold smell with a vinegar smell. Also, don’t over-saturate your carpet with this solution, as making it too wet could cause the mold and mildew to return.
After this, you should pour baking soda over the vinegar-water treated areas of the carpet. The baking soda will help to absorb both moisture and odors. Leave the baking soda on the carpet for at least 8 to 12 hours, which should be enough time for it to absorb enough remaining moisture. Since baking soda is nontoxic, it is safe to leave on your floor without worrying about harm to your pets or children. After you have left it sit, vacuum the carpet. This should get rid of the baking soda and the smell.
If you do all of this and you still smell an odor, you should consider calling a professional to help repair the damage. Water damage and carpet cleaning professionals have special tools and techniques they can use to help get rid of odors in your home caused by leaks and floods. They may also be able to help you prevent future problems.