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What to Do If Your Rug Smells of Mold

Summer means fun in the sun, great weather, and plenty of warmth. But it also means humidity and moisture – which turns more and more to rain as the year progresses. While your garden loves this water, your carpentry, furniture, house and rug certainly don’t. Worst case scenario, your rugs can develop a musty, mildew smell that stinks up your house. Don’t worry though, no need to call a professional cleaner yet! Instead, there are two DIY solutions you can try first to get rid of the smell.

Old Fashioned Cleaning

You probably have plenty of baking soda on hand for cooking, but it also has a few cleaning uses! It’s a well-known DIY trick that baking soda can absorb foul odors. Many moms make great use of baking soda to clean the odor from stinky shoes! Well, you can use that baking soda here too. Before you get to cleaning, make sure your rug is completely dry – you won’t achieve much by pouring baking soda on a damp rug! Once it’s dry, pour a generous amount (you’re aiming for a pretty thick layer) of baking soda evenly over the smelly area. Press it into your rug gently to get between the fibers. From there, you want to leave the baking soda in the fibers overnight, or better still for a couple of days. After that, just vacuum up the baking soda and check the smell. If that’s not enough, or if you want to have a fun chemistry experiment too, you can always try the classic vinegar – baking soda reaction. Vinegar itself is a common household DIY cleaning agent, but it’s also useful for absorbing smells. You can pour the vinegar directly onto the rug or pour it over the baking soda from the previous attempt. After a while, add some baking soda (not too much this time) and let the bubbles foam.

Boring but Practical

The even more obvious solution, if you’re okay with spending some money, is to go to the store and pick up some foaming carpet cleaner. Spray some of the spot cleaner on the location that smells, and scrub away. Leave the rug to dry – preferably up on a rack so it gets good air circulation – for about 20 minutes. Be sure to scrub every spot that got wet earlier, as mold and mildew spread quickly. If these DIY solutions don’t work, you may want to bring your rug to a professional cleaner – untreated mold can be a serious health hazard, so don’t treat this lightly!

By AshleyK

No Party Fouls Here! How to clean up wine spills and other mess on carpets and area rugs.

How to  Clean Wine Spills and Mess for Carpets and Area Rugs.

It’s that time of year for celebration! So Celebrate responsibility! Clean wine spills and other mess with these tips and tricks.

Wine Spills: The First Response.

Then take a clean cloth of paper towel and dab/blot the spill.  Get the excess wine up and out of the carpet or clothing fibers ASAP. Once you have the majority of the spill blotted up, use these methods below! To begin, you can take your favorite carpet shampoo and clean as you would if the wine stain were a bit of dirt on the carpet or rug. Depending on what you have on hand, you can remove a wine stain based on what you have available. An arsenal of everyday red wine stain removers includes hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, soda ash, vinegar, club soda, salt, white wine and Scotchgard’s Oxy Carpet Cleaner.

Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda

-When red wine hits a white shirt, tablecloth or light colored carpet, try to blot up as much of the wine as possible and then spray hydrogen peroxide on the stain, followed by a hefty sprinkle of baking soda.
 -Make sure that the peroxide and soda fully cover the stained area and let it sit for 2-3 minutes. Then rinse with water. This method and the product, “Wine Away” are my go to for quickly and completely removing red wine stains.

White Wine for Red Wine Stains??

-Yes! When red wine is spilled onto your carpet or clothes, white wine can be your best friend. White wine will help neutralize red wine and will make it easier to lift the color off of carpet. Simply pour white wine over the stained area and very gently blot the liquid up with a thick clean towel. Careful not to rub as this will force the stain into the carpet fibers. If the stain is still visible… you can add salt or soda to continue lifting out pigment.

Club Soda and Wine Stains

-Club soda can be poured on the stain. The carbonation will help to lift the stain from the carpet fibers while the salt acts as a buffer. This keeps the stain from setting in.

Vinegar and Soap or Soda

-Vinegar does a nice job of neutralizing the purple pigments. It can be combined with the stain-fighting force of either laundry soap (dye free is best) or soda. Apply laundry soap or washing soda directly over the vinegar and give it a few minutes to soak in, then rinse and wash with a clean towel.

Oxy Carpet Cleaner

-Scotchgard’s Oxy Carpet Cleaner works well. It lifts stains and provides a stain protector to the area of the carpet it was used to clean. It is available at places like Target or Walmart for around $6.

 Salt – Who Knew?

Salt can be poured on the spill to keep the wine from setting.  You can then  figure out which method of clean up you would like to go with.  

No party fouls here with these tips and tricks! Like and Share.

Be safe and Happy New Year!

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What to Do If Your Rug Smells of Mold
No Party Fouls Here! How to clean up wine spills and other mess on carpets and area rugs.