How to mask a mildew smell
March 17, 2011 5:18 AM Subscribe
How can I mask a mildew smell completely for a day or two?
Three days ago, our washing machine flooded our floors, including a carpeted area in the hall. It has still not dried out completely, despite lots of towels and a fan constantly blowing on it. Worse, it has developed a distinct mildew smell.
Now, I don't actually care that the carpet is going mouldy. When we moved into this (rental) property four years ago, the real estate agent said the carpets needed replacing, yet the landlord has never done it. Nor has he made any of the many repairs that the place needs. If he doesn't care about his own property, I don't see that I should. We will be moving out in the next month, and the landlord would have had to replace the carpets anyway before getting new tenants in, so mould damage isn't going to cause him any extra expense.
However, we don't want him to use it as an excuse to keep our deposit, especially considering that the carpets already needed replacing due to normal wear and tear. So when we have the final rental inspection, we don't want the place to smell like mould. The smell is currently quite distinctive.
So how to mask the smell for 24 hours or so for the inspection? We have tried baking soda (a full packet of it spread over the area and left for 12 hours) and it did nothing. We can't really use pot pourri or baking or coffee brewing or anything like that since the place has to be emptied completely before the inspection.
Or is it possible that the smell will at least temporarily go away once the carpet is completely dry?
(I'm happy if you have an inexpensive solution for getting rid of the mildew entirely, too, of course.)