Types Of Carpet Odors

Carpet odors can be unpleasant and embarrassing. Unfortunately, they can also be difficult to clean. Each type of odor presents its own unique challenges for homeowners wishing to eliminate these unwanted smells. They may be able to successfully treat carpet odors with household cleaners. If odors persist, homeowners may need the help of professional carpet cleaning and carpet repair services.

Mobile and Mildew

The musty odor caused by mold and mildew can be difficult to remove. Mold and mildew develops when the carpet and underlying padding gets wet and is not immediately dried. If the wet area of the carpet is small, it can usually be treated without the need for professional cleaners. Simply use a clean cloth or towel to absorb as much excess moisture as possible. If a larger area of the carpet is affected, emergency water extraction and professional carpet cleaning are the best ways to prevent the formation of mold and mildew.

Carpet that is already affected by mold and mildew may require replacement. The carpet repair specialists at All American Carpet & Tile offer carpet repair services to replace smaller areas of carpet that are affected by mold and mildew.

Household Pets

There is no doubt that pets are beloved members of many families. However, pet urine is one of the leading causes of carpet odors. The strong ammonia scent produced by pet urine is difficult to clean, especially if the pet has committed repeated offenses.

In some cases, pet odors can be treated with All American Carpet & Tile’s hot water extraction carpet cleaning equipment. In other cases, our carpet repair specialists can replace the padding and carpet that has been affected by pet urine.

Tobacco Smoke

The odor from cigar or cigarette smoke can easily get trapped in carpet fibers. When the carpet is exposed to tobacco smoke for a long period of time, it may require professional carpet cleaning services.

Dirt and Mud

Dirt and mud can give the carpet a particularly “earthy” smell. Fortunately, these types of odors are some of the easiest to eliminate. Most dirt and mud odors can be removed with the use of a standard cleaner; if large areas of the carpet are affected, a professional carpet cleaning can reduce visible stains and lingering odors.


Spilled alcoholic drinks can leave the carpet with an antiseptic smell. It can be a difficult odor to remove from carpeting and underlying padding, especially when stains are allowed to set in and dry. When alcohol-based stains can’t be addressed with standard household cleaners, All American Carpet & Tile’s hot water extraction carpet cleaning services can eliminate the smell.

Food and Grease

These odors are most commonly found in carpets near the kitchen area or dining room. If left untreated, food and grease odors in the carpet can make the house smell like a fast food restaurant. Grease odors can be difficult to remove with standard cleaners and may require professional services.

The best way to prevent carpet odors after a spill has occurred is to clean the spot immediately. Soak up excess moisture, and then apply the appropriate cleaning solution to work the stain out of the carpet. If odors persist, or if the stain wasn’t addressed immediately, contact All American Carpet & Tile. Our technicians will evaluate the area of the carpet that is affected by the odor and determine if carpet cleaning or carpet repair services are appropriate.

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