6 Ways To Prevent A Smelly Carpet

May 8, 2024

At Hydro Clean, we are dedicated to getting the job right the first time. Our highly experienced and certified technicians have years of experience cleaning carpets. Through thousands of satisfied customers, we have proudly earned the title of the best carpet cleaning company in Colorado Springs. We understand the importance of having a clean carpet, and how detrimental an odorous carpet can become to the comfort of your home when not addressed. 

If you have carpet within your home, it’s natural to want to preserve it’s clean smell, but sadly, that doesn’t stop life from happening. Whether you have pets, children, or a clumsy roommate, smells are bound to attempt to infiltrate your carpet. Luckily, there are some ways to prevent your carpet from taking on an unpleasant smell. Our expert team is here to explain some of our favorite tips and tricks to keeping your carpet smelling clean.    

1. Clean Your Vacuum

While this may not be something you think of, keeping your vacuum clean is essential to not letting smells seep into your carpet. Without realizing it, your vacuum could be doing the opposite of its purpose when used on your carpet. Your vacuum cleaner could be harboring odorous materials such as pet dander, food particles, and dust. By keeping your vacuum canister clean, you will avoid any of these pungent smells from getting into your carpet. It is recommended to deep clean your vacuum at least once a month, but it wouldn’t hurt to do it more frequently.  

2. Avoid Using Baking Soda And Vinegar  

This popular solution to getting odors out of carpets has become a staple in many households. By simply sprinkling baking soda onto your carpets and then spraying vinegar on top of it, you can create a natural chemical reaction that will lift deeply saturated smells. While there is no arguing that this trick oftentimes does work, it sometimes has unintended consequences. Baking soda is made up of extremely small particles that easily sift down through your carpet and into the pad underneath. Even an extremely powerful vacuum won’t be able to remove it once it has transferred through the carpet fibers. This means that the baking soda used to clean carpets will actually end up staying in the carpet pad until they are removed. It is advised to avoid using baking soda on carpets, and instead opt for a professional cleaning solution.

3. Create Good Ventilation

Carpets work as a natural filtration system in your home, which means that it absorbs the particles that float in the air. If there is an odorous smell in your home, you may notice the smell lingering in your carpet. This can be a good thing when your home is filled with lovely scents from things like baking or a lit candle, but it can quickly turn bad if a bad odor infiltrates your home. Whether it’s a leaking sewage pipe or a pet accident, there are some smells that you don’t want sticking around. That is why having good ventilation in the carpeted areas in your home is important. If an unpleasant smell happens, simply open the windows in your home to create a cross-breeze that will quickly dispose of the smell before it has a chance to settle into your carpet.

4. Clean Spills When They Occur

In our busy lives, it can be easy to delay cleaning a spill up until we have more time. However, every moment a spill sits on carpet, the longer it has to seep into the carpet's threads and down into the pad underneath. The more saturated carpets become with the spilled substance, the harder it will be to get rid of it. A common problem many homeowners face is when they completely remove a stain on their carpet, but the smell remains. This is because food and drink particles have the ability to break down into such small particles that they are impossible to remove without professional cleaning equipment. 

5. Don’t Rent A Carpet Cleaner 

Renting a carpet cleaner seems like a great solution to keeping your carpets clean and smell-less. However, these well-used machines often cause far more damage than good. Rentable carpet cleaners have most likely been used in hundreds of other homes to pick up a variety of unknown substances. When not properly cleaned or maintained, those substances will remain trapped within the carpet cleaners. That means that when you use a rented carpet cleaner on your carpet, you will unintentionally be putting all of the unknown substances and smells into your own carpet. 

6. Hire A Professional Carpet Cleaner

The best way to ensure a clean and odor-free carpet is to hire a professional carpet cleaner. Carpet cleaning professionals use expensive and powerful cleaning equipment that is specially designed to lift smells and dirt from your carpets. Store-bought carpet cleaners don’t have the same suction ability as professional-grade equipment, which will result in smells remaining in your carpet. By getting your carpets professionally cleaned, they will be protected from any bad smells and leave you with fresh, clean floors. 

Keep Your Carpet Clean With Hydro Clean

Hydro Clean has proudly been partnering with homeowners throughout Colorado Springs to provide professional carpet cleaning services for over 17 years. Our certified technicians will utilize top-notch cleaning equipment to remove all odors and dirt residing in your carpet. We pride ourselves on our ability to transform your floors while ensuring we get the job done right the first time. Your satisfaction is our top priority, which is why we won’t consider the job done until you are fully happy with your cleaned and refreshed floors. Contact us today to receive a free quote for your next professional carpet cleaning service.