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Why Does My Carpet Smell?

The problem with a bad smell coming from your carpet is that it’s not always simple to identify the source.

It could smell for any number of reasons, which makes trying to figure out the next course of action rather difficult.

In this article, we’re going to look at some of the most common causes of a smelly carpet, so you’re armed with the knowledge the next time you need to do a bit of detective work.

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It needs a clean

Probably the most common reason why carpets smell in most households – especially those with children in – is that they need a clean.

From spillages to dirty shoes, carpets interact with smelly substances a great deal over their lifespan, and once that accumulation reaches a certain level, your carpet will begin to smell.

It’s just been cleaned

While this might seem at odds with the previous point, it’s not unheard of for people to complain about their carpet smelling after it has been cleaned.

This is usually because the professional who cleaned the carpet has not dried the fabric sufficiently, meaning that a damp smell lingers long after.

Here at John Frederick, we take great care to ensure that your carpet is properly dried after the shampooing process, so you can rest assured that it will be fresh from the get-go.


If your home suffers from damp problems, moisture can easily get underneath the carpet and the carpet pad, meaning that odours are almost inevitable.

If you think this might be the case, the best course of action is to get a damp survey.

Pet odours

As much as we love our pets, without proper training, their reckless toilet habits can make our carpets a bit whiffy.

What’s more, even after a carpet cleaning, the smell may return.

This is because of the gases released by the bacteria that are digesting the urine.

If you wait long enough, however, the smell will eventually fade.

Cigarette smoke

Cigarette smoke is often a big cause of household odours, largely because a) carpets collect the smoke very easily in their fibres, and b) the smokers who cause them aren’t actually aware they’re doing so.

A good professional cleaning should be able to remove the smell, but the best fix here is to simply stop smoking!

Old age

Though ensuring your carpet is regularly cleaned will extend its lifespan, the accumulation of dirt over the years will eventually break down the fibres, meaning that the only course of action is to have the carpet replaced.

If you’re in the market for a new carpet – look no further.

Here at John Frederick, we’ve been cleaning, supplying and repairing carpets for customers across London for years, and always to the highest standards.

As a family run business in our third generation, we’re proud to provide a level excellence which we believe is unmatched. If you would like to learn more about our services, get in touch today.

John Frederick is based in Hendon, but provides cleaning services throughout the Greater London area, including St John’s Wood, Chelsea & Kensington.

John Frederick’s are expert carpet, upholstery, curtain & blind cleaners.

They also supply a wide range of curtains & blinds and carpet & flooring options to customers throughout London.

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