With time, many people find that their perfectly clean carpets develop a damp and stale smell. In this article, I will tell you about a few simple ways of how to get rid of a musty smell in carpets. A musty smelling carpet not only makes your home seem unclean (which can be very embarrassing when you have guests!), but it can also be a health hazard especially to your kids!
The four methods that I have enlisted below should just be able to help you to get rid of a musty smell in a carpet.
It really depends how bad your carpet actually is. If the problem is just starting, then you may be able to get rid of the smell in the musty carpet. If however, you have had the problem for a long time you may need to replace your carpet. Either way, its still worth trying to get rid of the musty smell in your carpet first.
1) Cover with baking soda:
Bicarbonate of soda can work wonders if it is used correctly. How to get rid of musty smell in carpets, using baking soda? Simply sprinkle a generous amount of the baking soda onto the carpet, forming a layer of it over your entire carpet. Then you have to just let it sit for a few hours while it starts to work on neutralizing the smell. The final step is to thoroughly vacuum it up, making sure that you don’t leave any of the baking soda on the carpet. If your problem isn’t solved after the first try, then you may need to repeat this process a couple of times and it should work.
2) Wash with warm soapy water:
Another great idea is to wash your carpets using warm soapy water. This will clean your carpets and remove the nasty odor at the same time. But in most cases, you will need to dry out your carpet quickly to prevent the problem from repeating itself.
3) Dampen with vinegar:
This method can quite easily help in your quest of how to get rid of musty smell in carpet. All you need to do is to slightly dampen your smelly carpet with a solution of vinegar and water and let it sit for a while. You will then need to thoroughly rinse out the carpet with water and maybe even vacuum it dry. This method may leave a slight smell of vinegar so you may need to lightly spray your carpet with an air freshener or some deodorant.
4) Send your carpet for deep cleaning:
if you really have to, then its probably a good idea to send your carpets for professional cleaning. There are many companies that of carpet cleaning services at very reasonable prices. These carpet-cleaning companies have the necessary equipment and knowledge to quite efficiently get rid of the must and stale smell in your carpet.
Many types of carpets can be successfully cleaned and will return to their original beauty. There are however, some carpets that can be cleaned but will just never be the same again. I recommend that you try to clean your carpet first, either yourself or by sending it to a reputable carpet cleaning company, before you decide on whether you have to get rid of your carpet.
The above methods will hopefully be able to successfully end your quest of how to get rid of a musty smell in your carpets. I hope that you will now be able to enjoy sitting in a clean and fresh smelling living room and not have to worry about a damp/ musty/ stale smelling carpet.