How to get mildew smell out of large area rug?
One room in my house has had water intrusions several times. The laminate wood flooring is laid on plastic, so I know there is mold/mildew under the flooring. Not worried about the floor, it's shot. But today the room flooded again, and now the 8' x 10' area rug stinks like mildew. This is the first time the rug has gotten wet, (it's new to the room), but the water that came in today obviously brought up old stinky mold/mildew smells through the flooring. How do I get the smell out of the rug? It's a cheapie, with that stiff woven backing, but I hate to have to throw it out.
It is supposed to be sunny here for the next week, so I could put it outside. But what do I do to get the smell out? And I would not be able to hang it up, just lay it on the patio, so it would not get great air circulation while it dries.
Should I just forget being able to save it?