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Why does my carpet smell after cleaning?

How exceedingly pleasant it is to have a  freshly cleaned carpet in your home, to sense all the aromas spreading through the room, feel the clean texture underneath your feet and get that feeling like it’s spring once again? What a joy!

But wait!!!
Something doesn’t smell right!
Sniff***, sniff**

Oh, no, it’s coming from the carpet!

If you have ever experienced a similar awareness that your freshly cleaned carpet has a funky smell, then this article is for you. If not then this article is also for you. 

Many people care to admit that they happen to be a victim of the same scenario and feel the panic rising within them, not knowing what the reason is and who is the culprit for this nasty odor. But for those of you who have never undergone such stress and think that “this happens only to others and never to me”. NO, this can happen to anyone!

Luckily, in this article, we will consider the possible options why the carpet still smells bad after cleaning and point out the “Do-s” and “Don’t-s” when you want to get rid of the appalling odor.

Why does your floor covering smell worse after cleaning it?

In order to remove a nasty smell from your rug, you need to understand its origins. Here are some of the possibilities:

  • Low-quality carpet cleaning – Often people tend to put the price of a service before its quality, without considering that the gear used may not be strong enough to fully extract all of the leftover water or the cleaner himself might be inexperienced and put too much or too little detergent.

Overall, if the cleaning company you’ve hired is a bit too budget-friendly, the chances of you ending up with a smelly, soaking wet carpet are definitely on the higher side.

  • Drying problems – The biggest reason for smelly carpets after cleaning is improper drying. We all know what excess moisture leads to – mold and mildew. These two fungi are the main reason your carpet smells bad as the more time your rug spends wet, the bigger the chances of it developing mould are. You should not neglect this smell because it is unhealthy for you and consider doing some of the steps explained below for getting the excess water out of the carpet.
  • Sustainable smell – Cigarette smell, fire smoke, burned-out food and pet urine are some of the smells that have the ability to quickly penetrate all kinds of fabrics and if not taken care of properly, can become almost impossible to remove. So leave nothing to fate and lure out that unpleasant stench out of your carpeting, have your rug deep cleaned, as soon as possible.


The “Big no-no’s”

Before we start with the smell removing remedies, it’s essential to point out all the mistakes one should not make in order to worsen the situation and bring you one step closer to having a nice, clean rug.

  • Placing furniture on the problematic spots  – Don’t put anything on your carpet, especially if it’s still wet and has a nasty smell problem. The rug needs to breathe as much as possible in order to dry up.
  • Stepping on the carpet when it’s wet – The pressure from your weight will only further insert moisture and new dirt into the carpet fibres, so make sure to reduce the foot traffic to the minimum.
  • Vacuum the moisture out on your own – Your vacuum cleaner probably doesn’t have the power to actually suck out the water from the carpet. Furthermore, water and electricity don’t get along. So, if you don’t want to end up with a damaged appliance (or worse  – electrified), don’t get involved with this initiative.

Here’s how you can get rid of that musty smell out of your freshly cleaned carpet while it’s drying:

  • Open all windows, to ensure proper air circulation near the wet carpet;
  • Sprinkle baking soda over the carpet and leave it overnight to absorb the smell, then vacuum it up;
  • Pour white vinegar in bowls and place them around the room. The vinegar will absorb pretty much any odor, including wet carpet smell.
  • Place a kitty litter near the carpeted area to soak up the bad smell, but be cautious if you have cats as they can treat it as a bathroom.
  • Make a mixture of equal parts of lukewarm water and white vinegar. Apply the mix to the whole area with a soft carpet brush and let the carpet dry. This will not only kill any potential mildew formations but also absorb any type of odour.
  • Place a dehumidifier in the room;
  • Use as many fans as you can. Point them directly at the carpet and speed up the process of drying up to 3 times.

Having a smelly carpet is not a pleasant experience, and if the cause is mold or mildew it can be bad for your health, which is something one should not underestimate. The best advice is to entrust your carpet to a professional cleaner who knows how to treat it right!

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