How to Get Rid of Carpet Odors

How to Get Rid of Carpet Odors
How to Get Rid of Carpet Odors

Carpets acquire odors for many reasons, from elderly pets to house fires that leave lingering, stubborn smells. In many cases, you'll be able to remove odors from carpets using the right cleaning products, tools and tips from 1877FloorGuy. Your carpets are essential to ensuring that your home feels warm, welcoming and cozy, so you want to make sure that they look and smell their best with carpet care products that work.

Get to the Source - Before you buy any carpet deodorizing products or consider carpet replacement or professional cleaning, you'll need to do your due diligence in finding the cause of the odor. If it's something easily identifiable, such as cigarette smoke or pet urine, you'll likely be able to eradicate the odor with an odor-specific cleaner formulated to target certain smells. If it's possible, examine the carpet, padding and flooring underneath to determine the true odor source.

If it something you can't pinpoint, you'll probably do best with a more general carpet cleaner, such as a dry carpet cleaner. With that being said, even if you can identify top-layer odors such as pet or cigarette smells, you may still be dealing with beneath-the-surface problems, such as mold or mildew. So you always want to use both deodorizers and cleaners or two-in-one products for deep carpet cleaning.

Use the Right Products - Brands such as Odorcide and Urine-Off manufacture targeted carpet cleaners which are designed to eradicate specific scents such as fire and floor odors, cigarette odors, pet urine odors and musty smells. These products are chemically formulated to professionally deodorize and refresh carpets that have been compromised by specific odor triggers. You always want to use Odorcide products, which act as more of a deodorizer than a cleaner, alongside your general carpet cleaning products.

Buying Odor-Specific Carpet Cleaners - Use this quick list to purchase carpet deodorizers and cleaners that are targeted for specific types of odors.

Many of these products may be applied using tank or trigger sprayer application or, for more heavy-duty jobs, via a fogger system that covers all carpet, rugs, furniture and upholstery in the room.

General Carpet Cleaners - Always partner your carpet deodorizers with a high-quality carpet cleaner by Host, Nylac or Mohawk. Mohawk's carpet-specific general cleaner is great for spot-cleaning carpet, while the Host Dry Carpet Cleaning system is ideal for your regular carpet deep cleans. Thoroughly read the manufacturer's label, dilution information and application suggestions before applying these products to the whole of your floor.

1877FloorGuy offers many unique carpet cleaning products and carpet deodorizers to help you rid your home of stubborn, lingering and unpleasant odors. If you aren't sure which product is best for you or need expert advice on carpet care products, contact us today by phone at 1-877-Floor-Guy (1-877-356-6748) or by e-mail at

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