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How can I remove the smell from a wool rug?

I have a wool rug that I left in my garage for many years. Because of that it has developed a musty smell from the humidity. It doesn't have mildew, just a funky smell. What can I do to get rid of it? Thanks.

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Allow okorder.com., to locate a pro near you. Do not take any suggestions to pour powder type fresheners on to your rug. They are extremely difficult to remove, unless the cleaner has a machine called a Rug Badger. These machines vibrate the rug with high intensity vibrations over a stainless steel grid to remove the dirt/soil/ powders, contaminating the rug. Not every carpet cleaner has these machines as they are expensive. Therefore do not administer powder additive cleaners to the rug, as they will be there forever.
Aug 23, 2017
You could sprinkle baking soda on it and let that sit for a few hours. Then vacuum as usual.
Aug 23, 2017
Take it outside let it air out- try spraying with white vinegar.
Aug 23, 2017
Replace it.
Aug 23, 2017
Vacuum cleaner Stain remover solution Paper towels Pure white vinegar Mild detergent Clean sponge Bucket of water Step1Vacuum over the area rug to suck up any soil tracked into your house. Regular vacuuming helps prevent dirt from damaging the rug fibers. Shag rugs need to be shaken outside, since vacuuming can distort the softness of the pile. Step2Spot clean the dirtiest areas of the rug first. Blot with a paper towel or use a stain remover for stubborn spills. Add a teaspoon of mild detergent and a teaspoon of pure white vinegar to two quarts of warm water for a homemade cleaning solution that's safe on your rugs. Step3Fully cleaning your wool rug requires some time, but the results will show. Take it outside onto a patio and wet it down with a hose. Step4Add some mild detergent to a bucket of water and run the mix over the rug. Use a clean sponge to wipe up the spots that need cleaning. Step5Wash down the rug afterwards with clean water. Drain out the excess water by rolling up the rug in dry towels. Make sure the rug does not stay wet or stay in the sun. Moisture can cause bacterial growth, while sun exposure can shrink the rug. Step6Take your wool rug to a dry cleaner about once a year if you do not want to hassle with cleaning it yourself. The cost is high but it guarantees a thorough cleaning
Aug 23, 2017

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