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Why Does My Carpet Smell After Cleaning It?

And How to Prevent Unwanted Smells

DIY or Professional Carpet Cleaning?

When you take the time or money to clean your carpet, you expect a pristine look and fresh smell. Unfortunately, some people are surprised to find their carpet has an unpleasant smell after cleaning it. There are a few reasons why this might be and ways you can prevent your carpet from releasing unpleasant odors.

Why Does My Carpet Smell After Cleaning It?

  • The tools used to clean your carpet. Like any cleaning project, having the right tool ensures the final result will meet your standards. Not all carpet cleaners are built to the same standards, so a lower-quality one might leave your carpet damp and smelly.
  • Issues when drying. When the padding under your carpet gets wet, it’s more challenging to dry. Mold and mildew thrive in damp environments, so your padding might be housing these smelly sources. The more time your rug spends wet, the more likely you are to deal with an unpleasant odor in the room.
  • Persistent stains. A persistent stain from a pet or spilled milk that is still lingering in the padding might be the problem. DIY carpet cleaners tend to not have the power needed to clean the padding under your carpet, which can leave the smelly stains trapped.

How to Prevent a Smelly Carpet

  • Address stains as soon as possible. Going forward, pull out your cleaning supplies as soon as the dog has an accident or you spill your drink. And because you can’t turn back time, make sure the tool you use to clean your carpet can reach the padding without leaving standing water behind.
  • Dry thoroughly. Whether you just cleaned your carpet or you spilled a cup of water, make sure a room with a wet carpet has adequate airflow. You can do this by opening windows and doors, turning on ceiling fans, and strategically placing portable fans.
  • Hire the Veterans and Military family members at JDog Carpet Cleaning & Floor Care. We offer special services to make sure your carpet looks and smells like new. Every time you call us, you know you’ll get transparent pricing and on-time and respectful service. Plus, we won’t stop working until everything is cleaned to our high standards. Call us today at 844-GET-JDOG to schedule your service.