Have you noticed that your carpet isn’t smelling as fresh as it once did? You’ve searched everywhere; the trash bins, the fridge, the bathrooms, the laundry room, etc. That odor may very well be the carpet in your home. Carpet fibers are a haven for odors and do a great job at trapping them. That could be the source of that smell you’ve been trying to locate.
Reasons Your Carpet Smells Like Mildew or Stinky Feet!
Moisture Causing Carpet to Be Damp – If moisture gets underneath the carpet and the padding, if can be the cause of a musty odor. This moisture can come from spills, potted plants or humidity that can get into the carpet. If the home has had a flood it can lead to moisture problems, particularly in a finished basement where moisture can linger for longer. If it’s not taken care of correctly, and promptly, it can lead to mold and mildew growth. The smell will get worse and can cause health problems.
Food & Drink Spills on Carpet. Food and drinks that get in the carpet can cause odors. These products are organic and will attract bacteria. The bacteria will breakdown over time and begin to smell from the gasses that are released. Professional carpet cleaning is the sure-fire way to get rid of the odor.
Dog Urine Smells & Pet Odors on Carpet. Like food and drinks, pet waste attracts bacteria. These bacteria are activated by water and is the reason that the smell gets so strong after its been cleaned. The best way to remove pet odors is with dry carpet cleaning treatments. These treatments use enzymatic odor removal products to completely eliminate pet odors. The enzymes in these products are very effective at attacking the bacteria and when the bacteria are attacked, the source of the smell is eliminated.
Cigarette Smoke Trapped in Carpet. Homes with smokers in them will have carpets that are full of odors from cigarette smoke. Homeowners get used to the smell and don’t notice it as much as an outsider would. New homeowners will notice the smell right away. Professional carpet cleaners can make every effort to remove the cigarette smoke smell but if the smoking was excessive, a deodorizer may not be enough. The only solution in this situation to replace all the carpeting.
Aged Life of Carpet. Over time the fibers that make up carpet will start to break down and start to smell old. There isn’t much that can be done at this point. There’s no amount of carpet cleaning that can get rid of the old, musty smell for carpet and it needs to be replaced. Older carpets also release dust that can lead to allergy issues.
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After you locate the source of the odor, the best course of treatment can be decided on to treat the problem. If the odors are organic, from pets or food spills, then professional carpet cleaning should be enough to completely remove the bacteria. When it comes to old age or mold, the carpet may need to be replaced if the odor can’t be removed. But before taking drastic action, if you are dealing with strong odors in your home, call Mr Madison Carpet Cleaning & Upholstery Specialists to learn about our patented thermal fogging odor removal system!