Monday, October 08, 2007

back to the mundane

I know everyone was loving Carla's and my musings on the eternal, but I must bring you all back to earthly matters. Saturday I shampooed my carpet in the family room. It was a high traffic area that looked awful. Well, because we put a little blanket over part of it and left it there for a while so the kids could play wii and because we've had horribly humid weather, the carpet didn't dry quickly and now, though dry, stinks. It is stinking up my whole house and I'm going bonkers. It looks like my luck of last week carried right over into this week. Either my carpet has to look nasty or smell nasty. I mean... never mind! Count your many blessings name them one by one...

Ok. I'm good now. But I need to know what to do about the reeking carpet. I don't like to use the artificial air fresheners because they make me sneeze and smell so unnatural. Any ideas?

9 comments:

Karen said...

The first thing that popped into my head is baking soda - so I googled it to be sure it was safe, and viola, my idea has credibility :-) unless the carpet is too wet ... then it's recommended to use a light misting of vinegar. Others recommend Febreeze and big fans.

The baking soda idea: sprinkle baking soda over the entire area, let sit overnight, then vacuum in the morning. The caution is that if the carpet is too wet the baking soda may not vacuum out easily - so maybe try it in a discreet corner first?

GOOD LUCK! If it still smells in a week, perhaps it's time to look at real estate websites early this year (don't you usually do it in February?) because surely moving is easier than dealing with it! (words from a true domestic goddess -- ***NOT***!!!)

Karen said...

I think I meant to write voila - the French "ta-da" - not viola, the stringed instrument ....

Calandria said...

Thanks, Karen! I knew you'd come through for me. :-) I just sprinkled baking soda all over. It was fun! I sure hope it works or yes, I might start my real estate search early.

ave said...

I would also point a fan on the area of the carpet. If the nasty smell is mildew your out of luck, and the carpet will have to be replaced.

Auntie Lee said...

Yes, I agree. If it is not mildew than backing soda may work and a fan but if it doesn't go away soon it will have to be replaced. That happend to me once but it was only an area carpet.
I don't know what kind of carpet cleaner you have but one that sucks the water out is really worth the money. It will dry quickly and sucks out the dirt as well.

athena said...

this happened to us last year when our bathroom flooded. we hired an industrial fan from home depot because if you have foam underneath your carpet then you would want to air dry it before it gets moldy. lift up the carpet and place the fan under. depending on how large the area is you may need two fans.

Mama Ava said...

Baking soda....because we all do have to live in reality here on Earth.

And you may also be able to find hypoallergenic stuff, too, that is not scented, but I'd go with the cheap stuff in my cupboard first.

We also had to use a fan and lift up the carpet. The bad part of that is that we did have to have someone come in and restretch and tack it back down. But it cost less than new carpet.

Karen's right, though--give it a week and if it's not better, then move. How 'bout some place in Italy this year?

Calandria said...

Thanks for the suggestions! We did use some fans on Sunday to dry it out so it was mostly dry by yesterday. Dry, but stinky. The baking soda seems to have done the trick! I was very doubtful because it smelled SO bad.

Auntie, the shampooer I used was a rental from Home Depot. It did suck the water out but not enough, I guess.

Auntie Lee said...

You know me kiddo, as a bit of a lazy clean freak I don't like carpets. I only have a few area rugs. The last of our carpet is in P's room in the loft and no shoes allowed.
I cleaned Shawn's carpets when I was in Maine in July and he had bought a cleaner. I liked that one a lot. It was light weight and within a few hours the whole place was dry. When your in Maine next time have a look at his and you may want to buy one. I don't think it was so expensive, just an over the counter one. I think with kids and carpet it is a good idea.
Accually I think carpets are a cultural thing. Here they are not so popular as in the States. At the moment if you don't have money for hardwood floors you buy laminate click flooring. I just put that in M's bedroom a few months ago. It was surprising how easily it was to install. Us girls did it by ourselves in just an hour. We are very proud of that.