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Mildew Smelling Basement Carpet


I have a question about the carpet in our basement bathroom, which smells pretty strongly of mildew. We have tried spraying it with a bleach solution, but it didn't help. Is it necessary to remove the carpet, or are there other alternatives to remove the mildew?

My 2 year old is very allergic to mold, so it is important that we address this soon.



Dear Lynne,

Thanks for asking about your moldy basement carpeting.

Most likely your basement carpet is sitting upon a concrete slab. This situation allows for condensation to occur, which promotes growth of molds. It is common knowledge that moisture accelerates mold growth.

There is a good way to prevent molds from living in your basement. First, take out all the carpets which are placed upon cement. Secondly, do your best to reduce the humidity in the basement by using a dehumidifier in the area and keep it running for as long as you need it.

All you can do is your best. If these measures fail, then you may have a greater water problem than you first thought.

Good luck.

Steve Kagen, M.D.