Keeping the stink out of carpet

  1. Well came home last night, washed my hands in the bathroom, and something must have shifted with the water pressure because the water supply tube connection to the toilet blew off and sprayed water EVERYWHERE. And of course this was a bad time to find out that the CUT OFF VALVE WAS STRIPPED (when it rains it pours literally) so i had to wait 10 minutes till the landlord came over to cut the main valve off (which was in the crawl space under the building. Wound up with a 2 inch flood, carpet in both the bedroom and living room soaked too. The landlord's son-in-law used a wetvac to suck up all the water. The landlord got the supply fixed today and a new cut off valve.

    So my carpet is still damp, even after i extracted teh water with a shampooer, and i'm afraid it's going to stink like wet dog in here. It is very low pile with padding, and is a little over a year old. Any ideas on warding off a rotten carpet smell?

    (this was not a good week)
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   jnette
    eewwwwwwwwwwwww.... man, do I ever feel for you ! That really is the pits. What a mess.

    Don't really know how to prevent that smell... Fabreeze, perhaps? Hopefully someone here will come up with just the right answer for you SOON !

    Just wanted to let ya know I sympathize... that sux.
  4. by   jusjan67
    boy that really stinks! I don't think there is anything you can do once the pad is soaked, usually it is ruined. You would almost have to pull the carpet back and use fans to dry the floor and pad you may be ok...but usually with a tacked down carpet that is impossible...good luck
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Luckily it was CLEAN water, it could have been worse lol.

    Didn't know if Febreeze would just sit on the carpet surface or not, but i'll be spraying that when the carpet shows signs of drying.

    I have fans blowing on the carpets now. It's not too toasty in here.
    If the pad is shot, then the landlord can take a crack at that. Glad i don't own this place, now is a bad time for costly home repairs.
  6. by   jnette
    Quote from LPN2Be2004
    Luckily it was CLEAN water, it could have been worse lol.

    Didn't know if Febreeze would just sit on the carpet surface or not, but i'll be spraying that when the carpet shows signs of drying.

    I have fans blowing on the carpets now. It's not too toasty in here.
    If the pad is shot, then the landlord can take a crack at that. Glad i don't own this place, now is a bad time for costly home repairs.

    Darn... I'd SAY !!! Hope you get things back in order real soon. Hate this for you.
  7. by   Shotzie
    You have to dry this up fast!! go to your local Walmart and invest in a couple (mayb more)of good fans (of course, we live in Texas where you can ALWAYS buy fans!) and set them up to blow over the wet areas for the next 2 days. You'll spend about $65 but it will be the best money you ever spent!!
  8. by   nurseygrrl
    I think you're doing all that can be done. Getting it dry ASAP is the best thing to do. Boy, what a crappy thing to have happen! Good luck!
  9. by   nekhismom
    My apt. flooded 2 years ago. It ruined TONS of stuff. We had to run fans continuously for about 1-1/2 weeks. It did stink like mildew, or wet dog (whichever you prefer to use) for about a month afterwards.

    So sorry this happened. Try to keep warm! (((((((((HUGS))))))))))
  10. by   mattsmom81
    Oooh I HATE soaked carpets!! It would be nice if the landlord would replace it....mold and mildew growing underfoot can be heck on the allergies. And black mold is a BIG problem here in Texas.
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Right now's not a good time to replace carpet. I got 2 finals, and a bunch of crunch time before graduation. I need all the organization i can get. lol

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