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Old 10-11-2010, 10:33 AM   #1
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My house stinks

I bought my house about two years ago. It's an older house, built around the 50's-60's. When I moved in I noticed it had a funky smell, like an "old house" type of smell. I hoped that by moving in and getting the AC going and putting a dehumidifier in the basement it would alleviate the odor.

Nope. It's better, but the smell is still there.

The reason I put this in the flooring section is I think most of the smell is trapped in the carpet and padding. The house sat empty for a couple of years before I bought it, and I think the carpeting got musty.

I can't afford new flooring yet, so should I pay to have the carpet cleaned? Or would that make the problem worse? I've heard steam cleaning can eventually make any mold or mildew issues worse.
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:55 AM   #2
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Carpet cleaning doesn't cost that much. Try that first. Have the carpet cleaning company also treat the carpets with a mildewcide/moldicide when they clean.
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