Why a Musty Carpet Smell Might Be Developing in Your Facility

Musty Carpet Smell Cleaning

Have you ever walked into a building and noticed an overwhelming musty carpet smell? Or worse, is it your facility making your nose hairs stand up every day when you walk in? The culprit could be your facility’s carpet screaming for some attention and care.

The reality is, sprinkling powder deodorizer or spraying some air freshener may help for a short time, but it won’t fix the problem.

What’s Causing the Musty Carpet Smell?

When moisture is tracked into the building from our shoes or other liquid has been spilled or flooded on the carpet, the moisture gets trapped underneath the carpet—and the carpet pad! Since the moisture has nowhere to go, mold and mildew quickly accumulate in this climate. It doesn’t take long for the mold and mildew to start growing once moisture makes contact with carpet. In fact, within 48 hours, mold and mildew spores start spreading. When it reaches this stage, the musty carpet smell can start to become noticeable to you and anyone entering your facility.

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Unfortunately, it’s not only dampness nor moisture that can create that strong odor. Old carpet can also be a breeding ground for mold and mildew, especially as the fiber materials that make up the carpet begin to disintegrate.

Here are a few other ways moisture can get deep down underneath carpet

  • Leaking from potted plants
  • Food spills
  • Rain or snow from shoes
  • Flooding problems

Why You Can’t Ignore the Problem

As much as you may want to wait and see if the musty carpet smell will go away over time, the mold and mildew will only grow and may eventually result in having to replace the carpet itself. Not to mention, mold and mildew can be a host to many problems for your employees’ health. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, exposure to mold can cause “nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation.”

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A Simple Solution

Whether you’re looking for a carpet deodorizing or one of our many carpet care services, City Wide can help!

Your carpeting is a big investment. As carpet ages, dirt and germs accumulate near the base and inside the fibers of your carpeting. This not only makes for a dirty building, but it can reduce the life of your carpeting. A simple program of regular cleaning and ongoing maintenance can go a long way towards protecting your carpets, keeping them looking better for longer and, thereby, saving your investment.

To ensure your carpet is maintained at the highest level, and to remain compliant with the list of care your carpet manufacture recommends, City Wide can customize an annual maintenance program that addresses your carpet type(s) and traffic level. Your carpet care program should include these items:

  • Carpet protection
  • Deodorizing and sanitizing
  • Floor mats
  • Regular vacuuming
  • Shampooing
  • Spot cleaning
  • Steam cleaning

Contact City Wide today to help you establish a carpet care plan that is right for your facility.