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Monday, July 03, 2006

Contest results and my stinky house.

There ended up being a four way tie for first place for the $50 gift certificate to Mystickal Incense & More between Amanda, Fantastagirl, Dixie, and Leave It to Cleavage.

Hmm...I ought to just give it to Leave. I am a breast man...

Major props to these four ladies. They beat out Mrs. Fab, my sisters, and fifty two other folks. Now on to the tiebreakers!

Ladies, please email me at with your answers to the following two questions:

1. How many CDs are in my home stereo CD changer (0-300)?
2. How many songs are on my iPod (0-5000)?

It might take a day or two to finalize the results, depending on if people are on vacation. I'll keep you posted.

Our house reeks! When the A/C failed, icky, smelly water leaked out all over the carpet.

We've used air fresheners, scented candles, carpet spray, baking soda, a bowl full of bleach--nothing has worked.

If we're in the house for a while, it is less noticable. But when you come in from the outside it bowls you over.

I feel unclean. I feel the odor is becoming a part of me.

We're going to repaint the closet where the unit is housed with something called Kilz, which is a paint specifically designed to prevent mold, according to what Mrs. Fab's people say. And I guess there is nothing to do but hire a carpet cleaning service to come in and do their thing.

There goes some of the $720 I didn't really save. I just don't know when one of us will have time to come home from work and wait for them clean the carpet.

Anyone have any other ideas?

Maybe we could move...


Blogger Shelli said...

That is the worst! I know exactly the smell you are talking about. Kilz should work if it is in the walls, but if it is in the carpet, and having it cleaned dosen't work,you may have to replace it. Sorry, bro. That sucks!

5:18 AM  
Blogger Libragirl said...

I just had the same problem 1 week after I moved into my house. Kilz will work on the walls but you are going to need an enviornmental carpet cleaning company that may possibly pull up the carpet and may need to replace the padding. It's to remove mold and prevent any from growing. I had high power fans blowing in the house for 3 days drying the floor and under the carpet.

5:57 AM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Yes, get rid of the carpet ;)

6:37 AM  
Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

Shelli--But I don't want to replace the carpet!

Libragirl--This is not good news...

Lorraine--Et tu, Lorraine? :)

6:46 AM  
Blogger Mel said...

I am grateful for my wood floors at times like that! They can get damaged buy not as bad as carpet. Try a carpet cleaner, I hate a stinky house.

6:47 AM  
Blogger kattbanjo said...

for a while, the kliz will mask the other stinky odor becuase it has a strong smell but you really need to ba careful about the mold!!! bad stuff!

7:27 AM  
Blogger beadinggalinMS said...

Yep have the carpet cleaned or you might have to replace it. I know you don't want to but you don't want mold either.

8:18 AM  
Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

Mel--The den is the only room we don't have the Pergo flooring. Damn it!

Katt--You are making me nervous...

Beady--No we don't. I am getting depressed LOL

8:33 AM  
Blogger Maritza said...

Sounds like (actually smells like) you have a bad case of mildew. It's most likely not in the carpet but underneath the padding. You have to get it either professionally cleaned or replace the padding, which is cheaper than replacing the carpeting. You can probably cut out the stanky section yourself and replace it. See if you have padding under the carpeting in a closet or a corner that has always had furniture covering it (like the bed, peel back the carpet and take out the padding or go to Home Depot and get a piece.

This has been a public cervix announcement and a blogmad hit.

8:39 AM  
Blogger Jozee said...

Oust might help with the odor.

9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kilz is good stuff, but be careful about the fumes in such a small space - you don't want to pass out, and it CAN happen.

9:26 AM  
Blogger Spider Walk said...

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9:43 AM  
Blogger Spider Walk said...

Ewwwww. I know the smell you speak of. I have heard that charcoal briquettes will help remove bad odors. Other than that, I don't have any sage words of wisdom.

9:44 AM  
Blogger Big Pissy said...

I was gonna say that you'll probably end up having to replace the carpet, but everybody beat me to it!

Sorry, dude.... :(

10:09 AM  
Blogger Annie Drogynous said...

I've had quite a few carpet and wood floor issues to know that if any of that water got underneath the carpet pads, you'll definitely have to tear everything up to replace the pads and the carpet. If the water hit wood or any other kind of floor covering, that will eventually buckle and warp, will have to be taken up, dried and replaced.

To take away the smell temporarily, you may want to get one of those Glade or the like wall units that plug into an outlet. At least you won't be overcome by that musty odor. Using a spray like Oust are even less temporary. With one of those plug-ins, you'll get a continuous flow of whatever scent you choose.

Are you sure you aren't lying and those lemurs you have aren't making those smells?

10:23 AM  
Blogger Webmiztris said...

If cartoons have taught me anything, it's that a clothespin clipped over the nose works wonders. ;)

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Sodapop said...

You could just sell the house and get out now...

Or you could find a carpet cleaning service that does it on the weekends and then both of you could sit and wait all day for them to show up =)

And if they can't clean it well enough ya may have to replace it (like all the other commenters have said already)...

Time to put Pergo there too, huh? ;)

11:06 AM  
Blogger Karl said...

Ugh, no matter what you're in for some fun DIY crap. Kilz is great stuff but not likely going to solve the problem if your carpets got wet. I'm afraid others here are may have to replace sections of your carpet.

That mold is nasty stuff, dude. Don't even chance it. It'll take your house over if you let it.

11:28 AM  
Blogger michele said...

Feel for you fab,The Donald my
car the roof had a leak and
the smell would be gawd awful.
It's eventually went away,get
some febreze or some oust
air freshener.

11:33 AM  
Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

Maritza--I love public cervix announcements. In fact, I love public cervixes period.

Jozee--Oust? Hmm....

Tense Teacher--I could use the break, actually...

Spidey--Oh, I dunno, I think that was pretty sage!

Pissy--Could you come down and do it for me? :)

Blair--No, silly. We keep the lemurs in another room. And they manage to stay remarkably springtime fresh!

Webmiztris--That comment officially had me LMFAO!

Soda Pop--Maybe we should, but I think it's tougher to put Pergo in there because it's actually a converted garage. Maybe not, though...

Karl--The problem is, I am DIY retarded. It's all part of not being a real man...

Michele--Hmm..another vote for oust...

11:45 AM  
Blogger bozette said...

try Febreze

11:53 AM  
Blogger CyberCelt said...

Call a water extraction specialist. In the yellow pages under carpet cleaners. If they can get the smell and water out of houses that have smoke and water damage, I think they can handle your problem.

Hope this helps.

11:56 AM  
Blogger shirley said...

Whoever wins your contest should come over & fix the carpet for you!

12:29 PM  
Blogger Lynda said...

Today I learned I should read better before I comment. lol.

You can rent a rug cleaner and DIY. Get a rug doctor or something. I think that you may need to replace the pad though. Or move. But your house may not be as sellable.

It might also help to put some fans in the area and blot up what water you can with towels.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Ok this might sound weird but it removes odors open a can of coffee and sprinkle it on the carpet in the area that smells and let it sit for 24 hours and then clean up the coffee grounds, you see coffee absorbs odors I had to do this to my fridge after hurricane charley I was skeptical about it but it worked hey its worth a try.

12:35 PM  
Blogger shirley said...

Blogmad hit - carpet bomb!!

12:48 PM  
Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

The move might cost you a bit more that the carpet cleaning. And hey, if you're lucky, they'll just charge you 72$, so you still saved, right?

1:07 PM  
Blogger ablondeblogger said...

You've apparently caught "The House is Falling Apart Syndrome" from me! I feel your pain.

You might have to rip out the carpet and replace it, especially if there's mold built up underneath of it.

So sorry! :(

1:41 PM  
Blogger Sage said...

Was that you stomping in the "Swamp" say "I don't want to chang my carpet!!!"? If so, too bad 'cause you have to change the carpet too. The kilz will do its job but the carpet's gotta go.

2:12 PM  
Blogger shirley said...

Blogmad hit - stinky pants!

3:06 PM  
Blogger Suze said...

I have a great idea. Send me the flight money and I'll sit the carpet cleaners and make you both dinner.

Not there is an offer you can't refuse. :)

3:20 PM  
Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

Bozette--I picked some up :)

Cyber Celt--Hmm..another good suggestion...


Lynda--DIY? I don't know, that seems like a lot of trouble LOL

Lori--Coffee grounds? Interesting...

CS--Why does everyone want me to move? Do you guys have designs on my house? LOL

ABB--Ah, so it's YOUR fault! Get over here and fix it! LOL

Sage--I am hoping it is more the wood than the carpet...

Suze--Is that all you would do? I've read your blog...LOL

4:11 PM  
Blogger marty said...

I think you need to invite someone into your home who smells worse than the carpet.

At least this way you'll have a different smell.

I wonder if that job at Home Depot is still open.

9:47 PM  
Blogger Libragirl said...

Oust, Febreeze any of those carpet cleaners won't get out the smell, they will mask it and if you get the one that needs to be spilled on the carpet and then vacuumed, it ruins the floor underneath even more. The people who owned my co-op did that and I had to get new floors before I could get new carpet.

Sorry dude, it's a professional cleaner or a DIY replacement.

9:59 PM  
Blogger Sandi said...

Hey I don't have any ideas...
but I thought I did smell something;)

10:39 PM  
Anonymous Eric T. said...

The Kilz should work for the closet. As for the carpet, go over to Home Depot, hump your favorite refrigerator a bit, and then mosey on over to where you can rent a steam cleaner and do it yourself. Just ask them what is the best for getting rid of that type of stain and odor and they can take care of you.
Just don't hang any of the car Pine Trees indoors as those never work.

10:53 PM  
Blogger zhadi said...

Have you tried Oxyclean?

11:19 PM  
Blogger zhadi said...

Have you tried Oxyclean?

11:20 PM  
Blogger zhadi said...

Er...didn't mean to ask that twice. But...

Did you try oxyclean?

Actually, after reading all the other comments a bit more carefully, pulling out the carpet in that one area seems like it might be the best thing to can do it in pieces, though.

11:21 PM  
Blogger Hale McKay said...

Kilz should do the trick. I have used after getting water in the basement.

Trying to catch up on reading my bloggroll - been way behind.

Happy 4th.

12:54 AM  
Blogger Shelli said...

BlogMad hit! Love you, Bro!

2:30 AM  

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