It’s not unusual for spills and accidents to occur on your carpets and rugs, little spills like a glass of juice to big leaks like an overfilled bathtub, or a leaky pipe. And as we’ve said before the only true defense against spills adsorbing into the carpet fibers is to act quickly.
But even after taking quick action, it is probably safe to assume you’re going to have a mildew problem at some point; after all, mildew loves the damp, and carpet and rug fibers love to retain dampness.
The good news is that there is a Green way to kill any mildew spores living deep in your carpet or rug fibers by just dabbing in a mixture of half vinegar and half water. Don’t let the carpet or rug stay damp for too long! If you can’t set the rug or carpet out in a sunny spot for awhile, you can use a hair dryer, set at a very low setting, or aim an electric fan at damp spot. Remember the goal is to eradicate the mildew and to defeat dampness!