Refresh Your Home And See How To Get Smells Out Of A Carpet

Odours can be a nightmare! From your washing machine to the whole bathroom. Here’s the question! Walked into your living room and were greeted by a foul, unpleasant smell? Repulsive odours and smells from your carpet are very off-putting. Even the nicest of rooms with a beautiful ambience can be ruined if the carpet smells bad.

Woman's leg in a black and white clean carpet

Even if you know how to clean your carpet and your shag rugs, smells are a whole new troublemaker! In this article, we will tell you how to get the horrible smells out of your carpet and how to keep it from smelling bad again. Without further ado, let’s get started!

Why does your carpet smell?

Before you can remove the bad smell from your carpet, you need to know what is causing it in the first place. A few common causes are:

  1. Mould/Mildew
  2. Water Spills
  3. Pet Odour
  4. Cigarette Smoke1.

1. Water spills

You might be thinking, “Water doesn’t smell”. That’s true, water doesn’t smell on its own but water damage is a real thing. However, when you mix water with the carpet fibres – depending on the type of material of the fibres – your entire place could end up reeking.

2. Mould & Mildew

No matter what the cause – rain, leaks, flooding, or humidity – a wet carpet is a great place for mildew and mould to grow and thrive. Your carpet starts to stink when it is wet and the smell gets even worse once mould starts to grow.

In addition to smelling bad and nasty, mould leaves spores that damage and discolour your carpets. Plus, it also causes health issues such as asthma and other respiratory problems.

3.  Liquid Odours

Liquids such as milk, soft drinks, wine, etc. not only stain your carpet but leave behind unpleasant odours as well. If you leave them for too long, the smell keeps on getting worse. For instance, if your kid spilled some milk on the carpet in the morning and you forgot to clean it up, by night your whole dining area will be smelling foul.

4. Pet Carpet Stains

Agirl and a dog playing in a carpet

No matter how cute your pet is, they can create nasty messes on the carpet easily, particularly if they haven’t been trained properly. From pet urine and faeces to vomit and saliva, each contains germs and bacteria and can stain your carpets badly. Also, if you don’t clean up these messes thoroughly, they can stink up your carpet as well. Have you ever thought about getting a vacuum cleaner which is great for pet owners?

5. Cigarette Smell

Cigarette smoke has a tendency to penetrate all types of surfaces and fabrics, including curtains, rugs, carpeting, etc. If you smoke regularly in your home, your carpet will absorb the smell and you will end up with a foul-smelling place.

6. Low-Quality Professional Cleaning

When it comes to carpet cleaning services and professional help, people tend to put the price before the quality. However, what we don’t realize is that cheap services will come at a cost, even if it’s not monetary in nature.

Cheap carpet cleaning services usually use carpet cleaning gear that doesn’t extract all the leftovers from the carpet. In other cases, the staff aren’t experienced and use a lot of cleaning products. If they don’t rinse the rug thoroughly, it leads to a bad carpet smell.

How to deodorize your carpet

Now that you have identified the major causes of smells and odours in your carpet, it is time for you to learn how to deodorize it. It may seem like a difficult task, but trust us, it isn’t. Simply follow the DIY steps that we have explained below and you will be good to go!

A woman cleaning a carpet with soap

1. Baking Soda

When it comes to deodorizing and cleaning, this product is a staple in households all around the globe. Not only is it safe and inexpensive, but it also gets rid of unpleasant smells pretty easily in a completely natural way.

DIY steps

  1. Remove all the furniture from the carpet and clear the affected area completely.
  2. Vacuum your carpet to remove all dirt, dust, pet hair, etc. from the carpet.
  3. It is your choice to either sprinkle baking soda all over the carpet or simply on the place which is smelling bad. We suggest that you should cover the entire carpet to be thorough. 
  4. Let the soda sit on the carpet for at least 3 hours. If you can leave it overnight, it will be even better.
  5. After the stipulated time passes, vacuum thoroughly and ensure that you get all of the soda out of the carpet. 
  6. You can repeat the process and use baking soda if you think the smell isn’t entirely gone.

2. Vinegar

White vinegar on an already-smelly carpet? You might be questioning this idea. However, much like baking soda, vinegar is a multi-purpose product that not only makes your meals taste good but acts as a great cleaning agent as well.

However, if your carpet is made of natural carpet fibers, you should spot test an area to avoid ruining your carpet.

DIY steps

  1. Mix one cup of vinegar with two cups of warm water.
  2. Fill the bottle with this cleaning solution.
  3. Get all the furniture out of the way and spray the solution on top of the carpet.
  4. Once the carpet dries, all the bad odours will be gone.
  5. For better results, you can add two tbsp. of the soda to the mixture.
  6. Make sure that you spray the carpet instead of soaking it as the excess moisture could result in mould and mildew.

3. Baking Soda and Essential Oil

Want to get rid of the bad smell and replace it with a fresh, pleasant carpet odour? Mixing the soda and essential oils is the way to do it. You can use any essential oil that you want. 

A woman is cleaning a carpet with vacuum cleaner

DIY steps

  1. Take two cups of the soda and add 15 drops of the oil and mix thoroughly. 
  2. Make sure that you don’t add a lot of the oil as it can have a very strong smell and you don’t want to overdo it.
  3. Leave the mixture on the carpet for a couple of hours, preferably overnight.
  4. Grab a vacuum and remove the sprinkled mixture
  5. Make sure that you consider how the fragrance will affect your family members, pets, etc. For instance, dogs don’t like strong smells such as peppermint and cinnamon while cats are allergic to citric smells.

4. Vodka

Vodka isn’t only a drink that you love – it can be used as a carpet cleaner and odour remover as well. Since vodka is alcohol, it absorbs unwanted smells and leaves your carpet fresh and minty! 

Things you will need

  • Vodka
  • Spray bottle
  • Clean cloth
  • Paper towels
  • Baking soda (optional)
  • Vacuum (optional)

DIY steps

  1. Get a sprayer.
  2. Fill it with vodka.
  3. Clear the furniture and spray your entire carpet with vodka.
  4. Let the alcohol work for at least 30 to 45 mins.
  5. Get a clean cloth or paper towels and blot the carpet with them.
  6. Turn the fan on or open the windows so that the vodka can evaporate quickly.
  7. For extra cleaning power, you can sprinkle the soda on top of the vodka and then vacuum your carpet after a couple of hours.

5. Carpet Shampoo

If you have tried all the natural techniques that we have mentioned above and your carpet still smells bad, you need to shampoo it with a carpet cleaner and deep clean it. You can also use a good quality carpet/steam cleaner for amazing results.

You can even rent one from the local hardware store. Choose an odour-removing, gentle carpet shampoo and spot test your carpet to ensure you don’t damage it.

Things you will need

DIY steps

  1. Add the recommended amount of shampoo to the cleaner.
  2. Plug the carpet cleaner in and turn it on.
  3. Go over the problematic area a couple of times, until you are sure that the foul smell is gone.
  4. Make sure that your carpet is completely dry to avoid mould and mildew growth. 

How to keep your carpets smelling fresh

Instead of deodorizing your carpet over and over again, you need to learn how to keep it fresh after you remove the foul smell. Here are a few simple tips that will keep your home smelling clean and fresh!

Family playing in a carpet

  • Reduce the Humidity

One of the common reasons for carpet smell is mildew and mould. To keep your place from smelling musty, you should reduce the humidity levels. You can do so by getting a dehumidifier which will keep your carpets from being damp in the first place, and thereby, prevent mould.

  • Use Scent Diffusers

To eliminate odours and have your place smelling nice, you can diffuse essential oils. Add four to five drops of your favourite essential oil to a cup of water and place the solution into a diffuser. If you don’t have a diffuser, you can simply use a spray bottle.

  • Clean Regularly

It may seem like a cliché step but you will be surprised how good this technique is in preventing unwanted smells. Vacuuming your carpets will remove dirt, dust, pet hair, etc. and it will reduce the chances of mould, mildew, bacteria, etc. as well.

  • Ventilate Your Place

Let fresh air come into your place by opening doors and windows regularly. Nothing beats fresh, natural air and your carpets will smell better as well.

  • Don’t Eat in Carpeted Rooms

It is better to avoid eating in rooms that are carpeted as it will reduce the chances of food spills. If this is unavoidable, you can cover the place where you will be eating with a cloth or old newspaper to avoid getting food on the carpet.

A smelly carpet can be really frustrating. Fortunately, there are several easy, DIY methods to get rid of the annoying stench. Knowing what is causing the unpleasant smell goes a long way in helping you remove the odour. Hopefully, one of the above-mentioned methods will help you keep your home smelling fresh and clean. 

Here’s to a clean, fresh-smelling home!

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