One Stinky Rug

A couple of weeks ago, we took a bunch of water in our basement … in the room we thought didn’t leak. We were lucky that we didn’t have a lot of stuff stored down there that we really cared about. Mostly, we just had the empty boxes from when we moved, but we’d also temporarily thrown an area rug in the basement to get it out of the family room while the painter was working in there.

The rug got pretty wet, so we brought it upstairs and laid it out in the kitchen to dry. It took a couple of days before it was mostly dry, but, even then, it really smelled. I looked online and found that baking soda can do a good job of absorbing odor from carpet, so I sprinkled it heavily with baking soda and let it sit for 24 hours before vacuuming the carpet.

Stinky Rug

The baking soda might have helped a little, but definitely not enough to make the rug usable again. It still smells really stale and it’s pretty obvious it got wet. I’m not entirely sure what to do next, so it’s in the basement again for now. I guess I could try soaking it in Febreeze. We didn’t have a great place to put it in our new house, so I guess it’s not a huge deal, but I still wish it hadn’t happened. Guess we’ll know better than to store stuff on the basement floor next time.

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