This smell is driving me crazy!!!!
justalittlelemondrizzle · 21/08/2015 22:00
Just moved into our new house. Cleaned the carpets using the rug doctor on Tuesday and the living room has smelt of what I can only describe as sweaty feet ever since. Its been like this for days. It's driving me totally crazy. how do I get rid of this smell. Tried plug in and spray air fresheners, keeping the windows open, having the heating on, shake n vac and baking soda (but not a lot yet, waiting for DH to get home with some more) arrgghhh!
GamerCh1ck · 21/08/2015 23:29
If you've used a rug doctor on a previously wet and then dried carpet then in the previously wetting, mould has grown in the underlay which if left alone is fine. However if wet again it releases its spors and causes the stink you're smelling.
It's a nasty type of mould and tbh I would pull up and chuck the carpet.
justalittlelemondrizzle · 21/08/2015 23:44
The carpet was filthy when we moved in. The water was like coffee! so don't think it had ever been cleaned. Just replaced all the other carpets so really would like to salvage this one as it's fine other than the pong. Do you think it will go eventually?
Fatmomma99 · 22/08/2015 00:17
when my BF brought her house (from pet owners, lots of them, in a v small house) she planned to keep the carpets, but the smell drove her to rip them all out (even though she couldn't afford to replace them for quite a while).
The smell left when the carpets did.
Hope this is helpful. Sorry if it's not.
unlucky83 · 22/08/2015 14:19
I agree damp wool stinks - but not sure if it is cheesy feet? Does sound like rotten milk...maybe disturbed by the cleaning and it will settle?
I bought a house from a dog owner (actually house had been lived in by a 21 yo who didn't want to move out for 3 months after we last viewed it (missing deeds) - it was filthy all over- think dog hair everywhere, skiddy loo, black grime on shower tray, marks on wall where tea bags had been thrown against it etc -grim). I tried washing the living room carpet with my vax a couple of times -dirt seemed to rise up from under the carpet . In the end got a professional carpet cleaner in. He told me some paler marks were from where dog urine had been left on carpet...smell had gone but I as soon as I could I ripped it up and had bare not active boards as I couldn't stand the thought...
And had a problem in another house stinking of stale wee ...seems like previous elderly owners probably had a chamber pot in their bedroom and had accidents. It wasn't until the carpet was washed (wetted) and the sun shone on it that it became overpowering. Carpet, underlay went, even washing the boards with bicarb, vinegar etc etc didn't help - had to get the floorboards in that area replaced
Witchend · 22/08/2015 15:29
Silly question? Can others smell it and if not are you pregnant?
When I was pregnant with dd2 I was convinced one carpet smelt mouldy. Spent ages sprinkling odour eater stuff, sweeping it etc. Smell cleared day I came back from the hospital.
Dh said he had been trying to tell me it was me not it.
DanglyEarrings · 22/08/2015 17:14
Try professional carpet cleaner, they should have chemicals and equipment far superior to the ones we rent.
I know professional carpet cleaners laugh at the thought of 'rug doctors' and the crappy things available to the general public.
Find a good service via word of mouth!
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