4 Major Causes Of Carpet Odor

Carpets can beautify the aesthetic look of a room and reduce reflected sound in a space. While the fabric flooring feels comfortable and looks beautiful, carpet odor can wreck your indoor living environment if you do not clean it regularly. If your carpet has begun to give off a foul odor, it could indicate the carpet may need some special attention or repair.

Technically speaking, there is no foul odor coming from the carpets themselves. In fact, the unpleasant odors emanating from these carpets’ contents are to blame.

Infographic: 4 Major Causes of Carpet Odor
Infographic: What causes odor in the carpet? : Image: De Hygienique

Carpets can get smelly for several varied reasons. Here are the four most common reasons for unpleasant carpet odors in Singapore, and why you should consider having your carpets professionally cleaned.

Carpet Odor From Pet Waste, Food, and Beverages

Food and beverage spills cause the majority of carpet stains. Even if you cleaned up these spills as soon as they happened, the odor might linger.

Beverage spilled on carpet.
Beverage spilled on carpet. | Image: Freepik

If you have pets and suspect the odor is the result of an accident, or if the odor in your carpet reminds you of a particular food spill, the odor could be caused by gases released by bacteria that feed on organic material. Any traces of these substances left in your carpet will allow bacteria to grow, feed, and produce odors.

If the odor source is organic, an enzymatic odor remover should be used. On store shelves, these products, also known as “enzymatic cleaners,” break down the enzymes (organic material) that attract bacteria, eliminating odors at their source.

Mold, Mildew, or Moisture

Does your carpet have a musty smell? Whether from humidity in the air, water dripping from indoor plants, flooding during a rainstorm, or a simple beverage spill, moisture can wet your carpet and the pad underneath.

Mould growing on the carpet.
Mould growing on the carpet. | Image: Time Business Review

If wet carpets are not dried thoroughly and quickly, they can lead to various problems, including the growth of noxious mold and mildew.

Mold can grow on and underneath the carpet. You can easily identify them when you spot unsightly black patches growing on the carpet, or for severe cases at the bottom of the carpet. Besides the black patches, mold may emit odor and cause allergic reaction symptoms to allergic carpet users.

Mold and mildew can potentially pose health risks, especially if left untreated for an extended period. Professional carpet cleaning may remove the mold and eliminate the unpleasant odor you are experiencing, but you may also need to replace the carpet if the condition is severe.

Cigarette and Fire Smoke Odour

Airborne smoke in the air causes carpet odor. | Image: Freepik

Airborne smoke can penetrate the carpet and padding. You will be able to detect the odour of cigarette smoke in the area if it has been inhabited by a smoker. Cigarette smoke can also leave lingering odors on a carpet.

Even though there are some do-it-yourself methods for removing cigarette odors, a professional carpet cleaner will be best equipped to treat the undesirable smell thoroughly. Should the damage is severe, it is possible that the carpet will need to be replaced.

Carpet Aging Smell

As with any flooring, your carpet will eventually wear out. Fibers degrade over time, and a musty odor in your space could signify that your carpet needs to be replaced. Depending on the type of carpet, the cushion of the padding, and the amount of foot traffic, the average lifespan of a carpet ranges from 5 to 15 years.

If you’ve had your carpet for over 20 years, it’s time to replace it.

A carpet that emits a foul odor can be extremely embarrassing, especially if you have a large number of visitors. A foul-smelling environment can also hurt efficiency, productivity, and even health.

Employee cleaning carpet
Deep cleaning by De Hygienique office carpet cleaning. | Image: De Hygienique

Therefore, if your carpet begins emitting an unpleasant odor, you should have it inspected and cleaned by a professional immediately.

De Hygienique offers a variety of professional soft furnishing cleaning services, including carpet cleaning, mattress cleaning, upholstery cleaning, disinfection services, and mould treatment service. Our comprehensive and efficient cleaning services will leave your indoor environment looking cleaner and smelling fresher.

For inquiries, WhatsApp, call, or send us an email for a no-obligation consultation!

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