How To Get Rid Of Carpet Odor

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Carpets are easy to vacuum and get rid of those microscopic crumbs and dirt that has accumulated from family feasts in front of the television and the kid’s playing. However getting rid of nasty smells that can get trapped in the fibers of the carpet is another matter entirely.


Being able to remove odors will depend on a variety of factors. The source of the smell and the amount of stink it is creating.

Getting rid of carpet odors and smells isn’t difficult, you don’t need to hire the professionals for such a small task. Instead you can use house hold items and techniques as a means of making your carpet less musky. Below is a step by step guide on how to get rid of odors from your carpets.

Allow Air Into The Room

Open door to get open air

The first step to getting rid of those stubborn, annoying and pungent carpet odors is to air out the room in which there has been a spillage that makes your carpet smell.

Open up all doors, windows and blinds and allow sun access to the soiled carpet. If the odor is caused by damp, old, soiled carpets the exposure to sunlight may be able to treat the odor without you having to apply any product.

If the odor still persists after you’ve aired out your room and exposed the soiled carpet to natural light, you’ll now need to leave it overnight and then proceed to our next step.

Apply A Home Remedy

Father and son cleaning carpet together

You’ve left your carpet overnight with the windows open and the carpet exposed to natural light and that still hasn’t removed the pungent smell from your rug or carpet. It’s not time to apply product.

The best product to use for smells can be readily found in your pantry. Mix a solution of two cups of water, half a cup of baking soda and two cups of white vinegar. Apply this solution to your carpet with a damp cloth. Be sure not to apply too much solution as you don’t want to cover the carpet entirely.

Allow the solution to dry on the carpet and then vacuum out any excess. Leave it for a day and smells should be removed. If the smell still lingers apply more vinegar to the stain and allow to dry. Continue to do so over time and continue to air out the room with which the carpet is located and that should remove any problem odors.

Using this solution, your smelly rugs should stay odor free and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy a cleaner, more hygienic home.

Karen Saunders

Karen Saunders

Karen Saunders is the content marketing manager at PaintMates. With extensive experience in the home and garden space. Karen researches and writes about home improvement.

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