Q: We had a water leak and water got all over our carpet. Now, it smells horrible all day. Help please!
A: Dear C, Water seepage can cause the growth of mold spores or fungi on the carpet, resulting to musty smells and discolorations. If no immediate action is done to remove mildew from carpet, the entire household is not only forced to smell bad but it’s also exposed to the thriving disease-carrying bacteria on it.
Home Remedies to Remove Mildew from Carpet
1. Baking soda – sprinkle baking soda onto the carpet. After a few days, use a vacuum cleaner to remove the powder together with dead spore structures.
2. Vinegar – spray the vinegar directly on the carpet surfaces. Do not rinse. Leave the carpet to dry.
3. Non-Chlorine bleach – mix one or two tablespoons of non-chlorine bleach with one quart of water. Use a sponge to apply the solution. Try on a small area first.
4. Tea tree oil – make a solution from two teaspoons of tea tree oil and two cups of water. Spray on the carpet.
5. Grapefruit seed extract – mix 20 drops of grapefruit seed extract with two cups of water. Spray on the carpet surface. There is no need to rinse.
6. Hydrogen peroxide – mix five parts of cool water with one part of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Use a scrub brush to apply and clean the carpet. Allow to dry in full sunlight.
7. Borax – combine ½ cup of borax with one gallon of warm water. Use a scrub brush to clean the carpet with the diluted borax. Rinse and dry the carpet after borax application.
8. Liquid laundry detergent – mix one tablespoon of liquid laundry detergent and two cups of cool water. Work into suds. Use a damp cloth to remove mildew from carpet. Sponge gently until the stain is gone. Rinse and dry the carpet well.
9. Toothpaste – spray warm water over area with mildew. Apply toothpaste with a scrub brush. Leave toothpaste for a few minutes before spraying again and use a clean cloth to dry clean the moisture.
10. Oil-free dishwashing liquid – pour a few drops of the dishwashing liquid in a small bowl of hot water. Stir to form suds. Use a scrub brush to apply the solution on the carpet. Let it sit for 20 minutes before vacuuming.
11. Lemon juice and salt – apply the mixture of lemon juice and salt on the carpet surface with mildew. Bleach under the sun then rinse thoroughly.
12. Rubbing alcohol – pour alcohol onto a clean cloth. Use the cloth to blot the stain until it disappears.
13. Ammonia – mix two tablespoons of ammonia and one cup of lukewarm water. Use a clean white towel to blot the solution onto the carpet surface with mildew.
14. Keep areas dry – make sure rooms are well-ventilated. Keep the doors and windows open to allow moisture to dry.
15. Vacuuming – use a vacuum to remove mildew from carpet. Throw away the vacuum cleaner bag after vacuuming.