How to Prevent Carpet Odor

Written by Ayoub Carpet Service
Updated January 6, 2016
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Regular professional carpet cleaning can help control carpet odors and make carpet look less dingy. (Photo courtesy of Classic Services)

Mold and mildew, smoke and pet odor can make your home's carpet stink.

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Carpet is a great addition to the comfort and appearance of your home, but without proper carpet cleaning and care, it can attract dirt and odor like a magnet.

Here are some things you can do at home to keep carpet odor under control.

Mold and mildew odor

f you notice a musty smell from your carpet, you might have a mold or mildew problem.

This is especially the case if your carpet is in a humid environment or was wet for an extended period of time.

The Institute for Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) recommends that it’s always best to have water and mold evaluated and removed by a certified professional carpet cleaner. 

A trained technician will have the proper chemicals to treat the problem and will also be able to provide advise if it’s necessary to replace the caret or carpet pad for your family’s health and safety.

Smoke odor

If someone is smoking inside the house, encourage him or her to smoke outside.

You cannot keep your carpet deodorized if someone keeps blowing smoke in your home.

For occasional smoke odor, shake a bit of baking soda onto the carpet. With a straw broom, brush the baking soda into the nap of the carpet to make sure it gets into the fibers and leave it overnight.

In the morning, give the carpet a thorough vacuuming, going over it several times to pick up as much of the baking soda as possible.

Pet odor

Part of a being a pet owner is cleaning up the occasional vomit or urine stains on the carpet. The best too we recommend is a small one- or two-gallon wet vacuum or a small spot removal machine.

For urine stains, if you can get to the urine while it’s still wet, you have a much better chance at removing it totally. Vacuum the urine out of the carpet until no more comes out. Next, apply a solution of half white vinegar and half plain cold water. Let it soak in for a few minutes and then vacuum it all out. If you do not have a wet vacuum, use clean white towels to absorb the stain and then the solution.

Sometimes, we can’t get to these little accidents fast enough and big odor problems result. You can use the baking soda method described above to remove some of the odor – but make sure the carpet is dry first. If it persists, contact your carpet care professional.

Editor's note: This is an updated version of an article that was originally posted on Nov. 15, 2012.

About this Experts Contributor: Ayoub Carpet Service provides carpet cleaning in Washington. Since 1952, Ayoub Carpet Service has specialized in carpet and rug cleaning and repairs, water damage, and hardwood floor, tile, laminate and carpet sales and installation. You can follow this contributor on Twitter @AyoubCarpet and on Google+.

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