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Why Does My Carpet Smell So Bad?

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Have you ever been sniffing around wondering where a certain smell is coming from? Then you realize it is coming from your carpet. If your carpet has a bad smell, consider these possibilities, it may require a professional carpet cleaning. Once you find the source of your carpet odor, you can decide the best treatment. 

  • Moisture or dampness
    • Often times moisture can be trapped in the carpet and carpet pad leading to a musty odor. This can be caused by humidity, spills, potted plants dripping on them.
    • A flood in a finished basement can cause carpet odor. If the situation is not handled properly, continued moisture exposure can cause mildew and mold growth.
  • Pet odor
    • When pets use your carpet as a bathroom, the smell can really linger around.
    • The smell of pet urine can sometimes return even after a carpet cleaning. This is due to the gases released by the bacteria that are digesting the urine.
    • The best solution for eliminating pet odors are dry carpet cleaning treatments or treatments that use enzymatic odor removal products.
  • Cigarette smoke
    • If someone smokes inside the home, the carpet can hold in the cigarette smoke odor.
    • While the person living there may not notice the smell, but visitors will.
    • A professional carpet cleaning is suggested to remove the smell, but if the smoking was excessive, the carpet may need to be replaced.
  • Old age
    • Carpeting is made from fibers that break down over time.
    • Carpet cleaning can't remove the old, musty smell from the carpet. It needs to be replaced.
    • Along with smell, old carpets start to release dust contributing to indoor allergies.
  • Food and drink spills
    • Any food or drink spills on carpet can lead to odors.
    • Professional carpet cleaning is best to remove the smell.

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