How to Get Smell Out of Carpet

Posted on June 26, 2021.

How to get smell of the carpet.

Do you notice a musty smell coming from your carpet even though you vacuum daily? It’s only been a year, or maybe less, since you had your new carpet installed and all you can smell is your dogs. Or maybe it is an older but in good condition carpeting that has a lingering smell. Try some of these natural solutions to help get that smell out of your carpet and keep your carpet looking like it did the day you purchased it. 


Baking Soda  

Baking soda is a staple in most households. It is very effective at absorbing liquids as well as odors. Sprinkle baking soda across your carpet, let it sit on the carpet for a couple of hours, then vacuum thoroughly. 

You can add essential oils to baking soda to add some fresh scent. Combine two cups of baking soda with 15 drops of essential oil in a container, shake it, and then sprinkle it to cover the carpet. Let sit for a couple of hours, then vacuum thoroughly.   


If there is a musty odor in your carpet, mildew could be growing inside the fibers. This doesn’t mean you need to replace the carpet you just need to start with some vinegar. Combine one cup of vinegar with two cups of warm water in a spray bottle, shake it up, spray the entire carpet and allow it to dry. The strong vinegar scent will neutralize as the mixture dries.   


Yes, you read that correctly, Vodka. Vodka is not only capable of making delicious cocktails, but it is also an excellent stain remover. After treating a spot, you can spray some vodka on it to further remove color and odor. Leave the vodka to work for up to 15 minutes. Blot it out using paper towels. 

Borax, Baking Soda, and Essential Oil 

Baking soda is a go-to for deodorizing carpet smells but it is also very useful in removing bacteria, mold, or mildew. Borax is an acid often used in cleaning, pesticides, and killing mold. Mold can cause a musty smell in a carpet, so it is time to take action if you notice this. Combine half a cup of borax with one cup of baking soda in a container, add 15-20 drops of essential oil, sprinkle the mixture on the carpet, let it sit on the carpet for an hour, and then vacuum thoroughly to remove the powder.   

If you have tried these methods and you can’t get that smell out of your carpet, it is time to consult with a professional. At ServiceMaster, we will get your carpet smelling and looking new in no time! Service Master is also available to assist in cleaning windows, air ducts, tiles, and more. Contact us today at (612) 354-5466 to schedule an appointment.  

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