How To Find The Source Of Bad Smells In Your Carpet

Posted on: 14 October 2015

There's nothing more frustrating than getting your house clean from top to bottom and realizing that something smells bad. You can try spraying air fresheners, but chances are that is only going to take care of the problem temporarily, if at all. What you really need to do is find the sources of the bad smells in the carpet so that you can fully remove them.

Follow Your Nose

It might seem like your nose already did everything it could do by finding out that something in the carpet isn't right. While that's the first step in the game, there's more to it. If you close your eyes and follow the bad smell, your nose can actually lead you to the spots that are the worst. Trust your senses and let them do their job. If you feel as though you've become too adjusted to the smell, try clearing your olfactory nerve by smelling something cleansing, such as coffee grounds. This helps your nose to "reset" itself and you're more likely to be able to find the source of the bad smell.

Use a Black Light

One of the more common causes for bad smells in carpet is urine and other bodily fluids. Some of these types of stains are obvious, but others are not at all. One foolproof way to find these stains is to use a black light. Components in urine and other bodily fluids glow when exposed to black light. Make sure that you vacuum first, because lint can also glow under the light. The room needs to be dark for the black light to work properly. Once you find the stains, make a note of where they are so that you can get them thoroughly cleaned.

Watch Your Pets

If you think you've found all the spots, but you're not sure, watch your pets. They'll go back to spots that they've soiled over and over again. Try not to be obvious about watching where your pet is headed, but you need to make sure that you've found all of the smelly spots. Once your pet does lead you to some questionable spots, clean the area with enzyme cleaners that can break down the elements that attract your pet to that location.

Whether you're dealing with pet stains or other sources of stinkiness in your carpet, it may be time to leave it to the professionals. Contact a carpet cleaning service today who can ensure that all of the bad smells are totally removed from your carpets.

To learn more, contact a company like Darling's Carpet & Floor Care