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How To Get Rid Of Carpet Odor From Water Damage?

If your carpets have recently been damaged by water, be cautious - a lingering stench might cause more than just stink. Mold and mildew thrive in wet environments, thus lingering water damage odours might suggest that mould or mildew is still growing. Learn how to properly get rid of odours after water damage in your house using these strategies to protect your carpets and your health.


It may appear difficult to get rid of a mildew odour in your carpet, but it's actually rather simple. The first step is to ensure sure the cause of the water damage smell has been addressed completely so that any mould or mildew that is causing the problem does not spread further. Because dealing with mould on your own might be risky, consider hiring mould remediation professionals to assess and repair any residual leaks or mould concerns for you.

Follow these measures to get rid of or avoid a mildew smell in your carpet after you've handled the underlying water damage and mould concerns to prevent regrowth after cleaning:

  • Dry the affected area completely - If the room has windows, leave them open for several hours to let fresh air to circulate and hasten the drying process. Dehumidifiers assist to eliminate moisture from the air as well as the fibres of your carpet. Floor fans help to circulate air, and directing the airflow directly on your carpet helps speed up the drying process.
  • Apply a cleaning solution to the carpet - In a spray bottle, combine one cup of vinegar and two cups of warm water. Spray the solution on the smelly parts of the carpet gently. Make careful not to oversaturate the area, since this can encourage the growth of additional mould.
  • Apply baking soda to the areas that have been treated - Baking soda absorbs smells rapidly and is safe to use around dogs and children. Allow the baking soda to absorb any remaining moisture or smells for at least an hour, ideally overnight, before vacuuming it – and the scent – up.

If the stench of water damage persists after you've cleaned your carpets, consider refreshing the air as well. These three typical household products can all assist to absorb unwanted odours in the home:

  • Vinegar: scatter bowls of white vinegar about the room to immediately eliminate odours. Your house will smell brand new in a few days.
  • Cat litter: strew clean cat litter about the room in tiny, open containers. Replace the litter on a regular basis, and the stink should dissipate with time. Tip: If you already have cats, don't try this procedure at home since they'll believe they have more places to go to the restroom!
  • Baking soda: When placed in open containers throughout the room and replaced on a regular basis, baking soda, like cat litter, may rapidly and readily absorb bad water damage aromas.

Your house should smell fresh and free of bad odours once you've addressed the source of your water damage, avoided the growth of mould and mildew, and properly cleaned your carpets. Contact the professionals if the odour reappears or you believe you want professional assistance to repair the damage. They offer innovative deodorization methods and procedures to remove scents from your home so you can breathe comfortably again, as well as full mould remediation services to keep you and your family safe.

Harry Virk

Harry Virk is the director of CleaningPro Auckland. He has years of experience in the cleaning industry and his company is expert at providing exceptional cleaning services in Auckland. He has a passion for helping people and making sure that their homes are clean, tidy, and ready for visitors.

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