Removing Odors from an Area Rug

What can I use to get an odor out of a really old carpet?

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July 7, 20180 found this helpful

You can use Nok-Out, a product available on Amazon

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July 9, 20180 found this helpful

If you're wanting to get odors out of an area rug you can try hanging it on a clotheslines, fence or something that allows air to flow through it on a sunny day and let it hang there for several hours. You may have to repeat this a few times to get the odor out. If that doesn't work, or if it's a large rug or carpet you're trying to remove odors from, you can sprinkle it with unscented, clay cat litter, leave it for several hours or overnight then vacuum. Hopefully, the litter will absorb the odor. Good luck.

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July 9, 20180 found this helpful

In my world, I have had limited success with most methods on really old and really smelly rugs like the one in the photo. Not sure why but these tend to really hold the smells but good and are tough to de-scent.

The one method that I find works the best, but you have to be very careful, is to use charcoal briquettes (NOT, and I repeat NOT the kind with lighter fluid or any additives...just plain old charcoal OR powdered activated charcoal--like you use in fish tanks (but purchased in bulk) and wrap it carefully in an old white or gray tube sock or some other breathable material (don't use old panty hose or cheese clothe or anything where it can leach out and stain the rug.


If you are using the briquettes use 4-5 pieces per sock or however many you can fit and still leave room to knot off the end. Same principle for the activated--fill but leave room to knot off the sock,

Start rolling the rug and place a charcoal pouch in each roll.

Wrap the rolled rug in clean black or white plastic--clean garbage bags work if the rug will fit into 1 or more duct taped together.

Make sure to seal it off good. Leave the rolled rug in a cool dry place for a few weeks.

Sometimes this wicks the smell out. Then you may need to follow it up with sunshine and fresh air on the line for the final smell clearing.

Good luck! Hope this helps!

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July 26, 20180 found this helpful

letting it soak in the sun or a very hot greenhouse like environment works well

if it can be machine washed, you can pour a cup of white vinegar in with the load - that to me always gets rid of an astounding collection of vile odours

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