If your carpet recently suffered water damage, lingering odors could indicate that there’s still mold or mildew in the carpet. Here are some tips to help you remove the odor.
Removing Mildew Smells
Removing the smell of mildew is a little simpler than it appears. The first step is making sure that the source of the water damage has been dealt with. It’s recommended to contact a mold removal expert to more thoroughly handle the problem. Once the water damage has been taken care of, follow these steps to get rid of the odor:
Dry the Affected Area: Open any windows in the room to help cycle fresh air. Dehumidifiers and floor fans can also help speed up the drying process.
Treat the Carpet with Cleaning Solution: Mix one cup of vinegar with two cups of warm water and put it in a spray bottle. Spray the solution of the smelly areas of the carpet, don’t use too much or else you could cause more mold to grow.
Pour Baking Soda on the Treated Area: Baking soda will quickly absorb odor and is safe for children and pets. Leave the baking soda overnight and then vacuum it up.
If there’s still a lingering odor in your home, here’s three household substances that can help to freshen the air in your home:
Vinegar: Place bowls of white vinegar around the room for a few days to lift the odor.
Cat Litter: Position small open containers of clean cat litter around the room, as it absorbs odors. Change the litter regularly, and don’t do this if you have cats, as they’ll think they have some new bathrooms to use.
Baking Soda: Baking soda can be used in the same manner as the other two substances. Place open containers around the room and change it regularly.
If you still have issues with water damage odors, consider contacting a professional mold removal service.