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Carpet smells and how to get rid of them?

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Carpet smells and how to get rid of them? (post #205854)

Hi,

The carpet in my daughters room really smells! I’m 8months pregnant with my second child and the doc said that pushing a heavy carpet cleaner isn’t a good idea. My mom has said she can come down and clean it for me but she doesn’t have time until next weekend. The smell is driving me bonkers! Can anyone recommend something that i can do to help with the smell and not have to spray a bunch of smelly air fresheners?

Thanks!

 

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well, I'm no Heloise, but............ (post #205854, reply #1 of 8)

Take Baking Soda and broadcast that over the carpet-don't be stingy.

Let it sit (some think you should cover it with sheets-whatever).

Vacuum it up later in the day.

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Yep, baking soda or one of (post #205854, reply #2 of 8)

Yep, baking soda or one of the commercially available dry powder carpet cleaners.  Sprinkle them on, walk on them for a day or two, and then vacuum up.

But if the smell is down into the pad then a heavy-duty wet carpet shampooer will be required.


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New carpet?  Old carpet? If (post #205854, reply #3 of 8)

New carpet?  Old carpet?

If new, 6 weeks, ju;st wait for it to fully outgas.  Worst case I ever saw of the material itself was when DW bought an new Olfa cutting board for the sewing room.  Even called Olfa and had them send  the MSDS sheet so I knew what chemicals were outgassing.  Smill finally cleared after 6 weeks.

 

 

If old carpet, Sodium bicarbonate as said works for many sources,' depends' on the source of the odor... if something gross like pet urine, you may need to add hydrogem peroxide to the baking soda. 

Hi, Rather than applying (post #205854, reply #5 of 8)

Hi,

Rather than applying techniques to get rid of the smell,its better to hire someone to get rid of the carpet ASAP.I think that will be better for yours as well as for your babies health.

old thread (post #205854, reply #7 of 8)

The original pst was made two years ago.

Hopefully the smell is gone by now.


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Yeah, I'll put SmithRyan on (post #205854, reply #8 of 8)

Yeah, I'll put SmithRyan on ignore so he doesn't sucker me in again.


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It's unclear -- what is (post #205854, reply #6 of 8)

It's unclear -- what is causing the smell?  If it is a chemical smell that was there from the start it's likely that the carpet or the pad under it was manufactured with a noxious chemical and simply needs to be removed.  Such a smell would eventually dissipate but can take years to do so.

If the smell is from, say, vomit, then a capet shampooer would likely clear it up, but it is, of course, a bit difficult to wrangle.  However, you can pay someone to do it, and the price for one room, if there isn't much furnature to be moved, may be less than you'd think.  Try calling a few services in your area, or ask at the rental place whether they know someone who'd do it.

If the smell is a musty smell, from the carpet being wet repeatedly (eg, due to a leaky roof or window) then replacement is probably necessary.

The "dry shampoo" approaches (powders you sprinkle on the carpet, walk on a fee days, and then vacuum) may help a litle for vomit/musty smells, but won't help the chemical smell at all.


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