I had a crappy carpet cleaner come in on Monday to clean the carpet in the
family room. Did a sloppy job and some of the stains look worse than when
he began. The next issue was smell, the carpet did not dry on Monday and
was still somewhat damp on Tuesday which created a foul odor. Today (Wed) I
called in Chem-Dry to work the spots on the carpet and he also sprayed some
type of mold liquid. Hopefully the carpet will dry out soon, but the smell
is still there. I have the AC on 75 degrees and the ceiling fan on. Any
ideas on what I can do for the smell and if I have any serious damage due to
the carpet being wet - not drenched, but somewhat damp - for two days.
I have a daughter with severe mold allergies. We have a mold expert that
we work closely with. His rule of thumb on carpet is that if it's been
wet for 48 hours there is mold growing. The pad has to be replaced and
the carpet has to be cleaned and dried properly. If you are a mold nut
you are probably better off replacing the carpet, but most people will not
have a problem with it.
I bet the carpet cleaner you used had a "portable" cleaner. These machines have
very little vacumn power. Typically the "steam"(hot water really) should only
penetrate the carpets fibers and not soak down to the pad. I would disagree
with the post saying to replace the pad. Your pad should have a moisture
barrier that would prevent small amounts of water to penetrate it. Mold and
Mildew only need 24 hours to form. Id suggest having another carpet cleaner
with a "truck mount" cleaner clean your carpets. You may even get some more of
those stains out. After he is done, request a mildecide to be sprayed on the
carpet. Then send the bill to the other guy
I hope you didn't pay any money to the company that did this, or if you did
you should be demanding they come back out to your house and spend however
long it takes to get most of the dampness out of your carpet. Carpet should
be virtually dry after about 4 hours if done correctly.
If they won't come back out, you have a few options. Call another company
and have them come out and reclean the carpet and charge the original
company with the bill. If that doesn't work, go to Home Depot or Kroger (I
think they still rent the machines) and rent of the carpet cleaning machines
they have. Use a cleaner recommended by the machine maker (or just buy some
of the Hoover chemical). The water in the carpet cleaner works best when
hot, so you may want to put some water on the stove and heat it up to almost
boiling temperature. Once you clean the room (and do this room-by-room), go
back over it several times with just the vacuum running on the unit and pull
as much water of the carpet as you can (this may take you the better part of
the day with one of these machines). Once you have done this, then use your
Depending upon the outside humidity, you may want to open some windows (if
the humidity is low). If you have space heaters, use them around the room.
Keeping your AC on is a good idea to reduce humidity in the house, but keep
in mind that the warmer the air in your house is, the more water vapor it
will hold, so you may be shooting yourself in the foot by keeping it cold.
Thanks for all of the feedback, but how do I tell if the carpet has been
ruined? It is a professionally installed carpet so I can't rip it up and
check for mold. Will the smell go away? The carpet surface is drying but
the smell is horrid. Is there something I should treat the carpet with?
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