Seven Tips to Keep Your Carpet Smelling Fresh

by | Jan 17, 2022 | Carpet Cleaning

Not everyone likes a stinky carpet! Many people try to hold onto that new carpet smell for as long as possible. 

Our carpet cleaning experts at Golden Line Green Care will show you how to get smell out of that carpet. 

1. Vacuum Carpet Regularly 

It’s important to keep dirt, crumbs, and debris from building up between the fibres because they cause odour issues. All your carpets should be vacuumed at least twice a week. With pets or a busy household, it’s recommended to vacuum more often (daily) to keep up with the debris. 

If you noticed that vacuuming doesn’t help with the odour, consider upgrading your vacuum cleaner. HEPA filters do a good job of catching even the tiniest particles. Another option is a robotic vacuum to keep up with the daily vacuuming without you doing the work. 

2. Deep Clean Occasionally 

A carpet deep cleaning at least twice per year can remove the deep-down dirt, grime, and odours that make the fibres stink. You can hire professionals like Golden Line Green Care to handle deep cleaning for you. 

Steam cleaning is often an effective way to deep clean carpet. The steam helps to loosen the gunk that’s deep in your carpet fibres. This makes it easier to suck up those contaminants, leaving your carpet clean and fresh smelling. 

3. Avoid Wearing Shoes Indoors 

You can bring in lots of visible dirt and invisible bacteria from outdoors, public bathrooms, and anywhere you walk. Over 90% of the bacteria on your shoes end up on your carpets and other floorings in your home. Wearing shoes indoors can bring contaminants that can cause your carpets to smell bad and bacteria that can make you sick. 

A good no-shoe policy in your house can help a lot. Set up a shoe storage area near the entrance in a convenient spot, such as a garage or mudroom. 

4. Improve Ventilation 

Carpet fibres can absorb any odours in your home. Improving ventilation inside your home can help dissipate those odours before the carpet absorbs them. Keeping windows open when the weather allows in an easy way to get in fresh air to let out the odours. 

Run the exhaust fans when cooking or using the bathroom to reduce odours. 

Ceiling fans and floor fans can also help dissipate odours if you don’t have exhaust fans. 

5. Use a Dehumidifier 

If your home has high humidity levels, it can increase the chances of mould and mildew growth. High humidity leads to musty smells in addition to causing some health problems. A dehumidifier in high moisture times, like summer months, cuts down on the humidity to reduce the risk of mould and mildew. 

6. Deal With Spills 

Spills on your carpet can lead to odours, especially if you spill food.

Spilling milk can cause a strong odour because it rots. 

Food and drink spills can soak deep into the padding and the subfloor below if not treated quickly. It’s essential to act swiftly and fast, pick up or scrape up chunks of food from spills, use a clean cloth to soak up liquid spills, dabbing instead of rubbing. Rubbing causes the stain to go deeper into the fibres. 

Check out these tips for removing the most common stains. 

7. Deodorize With Baking Soda 

You can buy commercial carpet deodorizer powders, but you can also make a simple carpet powder at home with baking soda. This household item neutralizes odour, which can make your carpet smell better. 

Sprinkle the baking soda all over the carpet, but keep pets away from the areas. Leave it overnight or at least a few hours, then vacuum up the baking soda. 

We hope these carpet cleaning tips, help keep your new carpet smelling fresh! Cleaning your carpet regularly is one of the best ways to keep it smelling fresh. 

If your carpets need some more TLC, you can schedule a cleaning session with our professionals. 

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