Need Help Getting Rid Of Mildew Basement Smell After Flood

Does anyone have a suggestion to get rid of the damp musty smell from a carpet in our basement?  We were flooded on Monday and have extracted the water and cleaned the tiled bathroom floor but need to clean the carpet with something to remove the musty stinky smell!

Any suggestions?

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  1. Annie says

    Give the carpet a good vacuum, then sprinkle the carpet liberally with baking soda and leave overnight then vacuum again. If this doesn’t work, you can make some homemade carpet deodorizer:
    Mix 5 cups baking soda and 1 cup salt with a handful of lavender flowers in a container or jar and keep for a few days, shaking the container every now and then. Pour over carpet, leave for a few hours and vacuum.

    • jerriann kerr says

      We found cat litter to work better than any other things we tried. Be generous and pour it out thick and leave it there for several days. Rake it with a garden rake a couple of times a day if you can. You will need a good shop vac to clean it up if you can’t take up the carpet. If possible remove the carpet and padding. Take it out side and wash good and let it dry all the way in the hot sun.

  2. Kellie says

    Another thing that really works well is take some BBQ charchol and 5-6 in ea bowl and set around the room. I’m not sure how this works but it does. My aunts house was flooded and this is what she did and it worked wonders. It doesn’t cause any bad smell from the charchol. Hope this helps

  3. beckylinette says

    Had the same thing happen to me in a carpeted closet. I tried airing it out and using baking powder and nothing worked. I finally went to Ace hardware and bought some powdered stuff called OderZout. Worked GREAT! I just sprinkled it on and let it sit for the night and vacuumed it up. Seriously amazing how well it worked. I think it was in the $12-15/can price range, so a little expensive, but worth it.

  4. Deb says

    The thing that I found worked best was to mix 1 cup of white vinegar in a gallon of warm water and wash the carpet with one of those steam-cleaners you can rent. The vinegar helps kill the mildew so it doesn’t come back and the cleaner pushes it right into the carpet. Our basement is always flooding, heavy rain, spring thaw…. Another thing that works in tight areas is to put down a layer of clean newspapers for a few days. I don’t know why this one works but it does. Good luck.

  5. Becky B. says

    Hang bags of Damp-Rid in there, or set little pails of it on the floor. It really does suck up moisture! When the moisture’s gone, the mildew will be, too. Then sprinkle carpet w/ baking soda, let sit, and vacuum.

  6. beckylinette says

    I’ve found the OdorZout granules you can buy at Ace Hardware worked FABULOUSLY when we had musty smell after a flood.