Why does my Carpet smell worse after a deep clean?


Why does my Carpet smell worse after a deep clean?

Throughout Lockdown we’ve all been trying to occupy ourselves with things to do around the house, one of which is giving your home a good deep clean – what can go wrong, eh? Nothing really, you’ve cleaned everywhere, dusted the worktops and the TV, changed the bedding, thrown out some old clothes and toys, even deep cleaned the carpet. However, you notice a foul smell instead of that nice and fresh carpet smell. What do you do?

Why does my carpet smell worse?

First of all, there is no need to panic, bad carpet odour happens more often than some households like to admit – here at Floor Coverings Local are here to help you find the culprit for the nasty carpet smell. So, where is that awful smell coming from? In order to remove a nasty odour from your carpet, you need to know its origins.


Sometimes the odour has a weird backstory, such as people using low-quality carpet cleaner, drying problems, to persistent stains. If you have the some of these issues, please book Floor Coverings Local and let the experts take care of the problem.

Why does my Carpet smell? Woman smelling a really four odour and making a funny face.
Mrs Hinch Cleaning carpets with soap and water, trying to get rid of a stain

Low-Quality Carpet Cleaning

Many people tend to put the price of a service before its quality and the same applies to professional carpet cleaning solutions. However, if the carpet cleaning product or service that you’ve used is a bit too budget-friendly, the chances of you ending up with a smelly carpet are definitely higher.


We’ve seen more problems with cheaper cleaning products because the actual chemicals inside are not strong enough to fully extract all of the leftover water, leaving your carpet soaking wet.

Underlay Drying Problems

One of the main reasons why carpets smell after a deep clean is the underlay, that’s basically because this part of the carpet padding is not exposed to direct light or air, which means it can take a lot more time to dry properly.


The excess moisture can lead to mould, causing a mildew smell after the carpet cleaning process. This type of fungi is responsible for the musky smell coming out of your living room floor covering.


This can happen more frequently if the carpet is located in a room with less air movement and sunlight, particularly a house that could have a south facing back garden – meaning the living room which is usually found at the north side of the house won’t see much daylight than rooms near the south.

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Persistent Stains

Old stains can be the culprit to that foul carpet smell, and many people decide to choose a deep cleaning product or service will be exactly what the carpet needs to get rid of the smell and stain. The only sure way to get rid of the icky spot is to have the carpet cleaned by professionals.


If the stain has been soaked up by the underlay, chances are that even after a deep clean the stain will remain there, and so will the smell. That’s why with our high-end treatments can help remove any bad odour after carpet cleaning.

  • Cigarettes: The smoke from these will have the ability to quickly penetrate all kinds of fabric and surfaces, such as carpets, rugs, sofas, curtains, and even underlay.


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