Water damage in carpets are not as rare as people often believe them to be. They can be caused by something as trivial as a broken tap, leaky pipe, overflowing toilet, or backed up sewage system. Regardless of its source, water damage brings with itself an unpleasant and horrible odour which can make your premises uninhabitable.
This foul odour caused by contaminations in the water can take several weeks, and sometimes even months to subside naturally after the damage. Luckily, there are several natural treatments which can help you remove foul odour from contaminated water damage without any harmful chemicals. This treatments are not only effective and simple to carry out but also easy on your pocket.
In our today’s article we will show you how to get rid of water damage odour from carpets in six simple steps. However, it should be noted that no DIY treatment and tricks can guarantee the efficiency and effectiveness of a professional carpet treatment. We highly recommend consulting a professional technician if you have no knowledge or experience in carpeting; even more so if you wish to safeguard the value and beauty of your carpet floor.
Time needed: 5 days and 6 hours.
Your first objective should be to increase ventilation and air circulation in the premises to make the stench bearable. Open all the windows and doors in your house. This will help in airing out the carpets and freshen up the room. You can also use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry any specific stinking wet portion of the carpeting.
Next, you need to deal with mould and mildew thriving on the surface of carpet padding. Mould infestation is a common by-product of water damage in not only carpets but also in furniture, walls, floorboards, and upholstery. It causes a musty and pungent smell to fill your entire premises. Use a solution of equal parts of white vinegar and water to eliminate mould and get rid of its foul odour.
Once you have successfully prevented spread of mould and mildew in your carpet flooring, you need to focus on drying the entire carpet. We recommend using a powerful wet/dry vacuum cleaner to suck up residue water in one go. The soft fibres of a carpet fabric entrap water molecules, which allows mould and mildew to return with their horrid and unpleasant smell. Once again, point air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers in direction of the wet carpet to speed up the drying process.
Scatter small quantity of baking soda evenly on the dried carpet. You can use a brush or broom to spread it consistently over the entire surface. Allow it to sit overnight and vacuum the entire carpet next morning. Baking soda acts as a natural deodorizer which is highly useful in removing carpet odours. And moreover, unlike commercial cleaning solutions and fragrances, baking soda is perfectly safe for use around pets and children.
Make a solution of equal parts of vinegar and warm water and pour it in a spray bottle. Spray the solution in small quantities on smelly parts of carpeting. Note that you don’t want to wet the carpet too much; and certainly not wet the carpet padding again. White vinegar has a bitter and pungent odour of its own, but it dissipates much more quickly and takes with itself the mouldy and musty odour from caused by water damage.
Lastly, soak a rag cloth in the solution of warm water and white vinegar. Use it to wipe surfaces of all upholstery and furniture kept above the carpeting. If the source of water damage was a natural calamity like flood or storm, wash the curtains too, and add one cup of white vinegar in the washing machine with it. Vinegar will not only kill bacteria and germs from contaminated water but also reduce eliminate the possibility of mould infestation.
As leading experts in carpet cleaning and restoration service industry in Australia, we know how frustrating and nauseating smell of contaminated water damage can be. This is why we offer professional carpet odour removal services to help you sit back and relax while we take care of your problem.
Magic Cleaning Services is a renowned name in Sydney with more than 20 years of experience in professional carpet cleaning, drying, repair, re-stretching, replacement, installation, and Best Water Damage Restoration Services. Our team of expert carpet technicians specialize in offering professional carpet flood water damage restoration and carpet odour removal services. They are equipped with advanced tools and techniques to offer you the best value for your money.
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