How to keep carpets smelling fresh and wave goodbye to odours

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Imagine stepping into your home after a long day, and instead of being greeted by a pleasant aroma, you’re met with lingering carpet odours. A fresh-smelling carpet not only creates a welcoming atmosphere but also contributes to a clean and hygienic living environment. Carpets can trap odours from pets, spills, and daily activities, making regular maintenance crucial for a fresh home ambiance.

Reasons carpets may develop odours:

Tips on how to keep carpets smelling fresh

Regular vacuuming

The foundation of a fresh-smelling carpet is regular vacuuming. Aim to hoover high-traffic areas at least once a week, using a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter to capture fine particles and allergens.

Baking soda magic

Bicarbonate of soda is a versatile and inexpensive solution for eliminating carpet odours. Sprinkle a generous amount of bicarbonate of soda on your carpet, let it sit for about 15 minutes, and then vacuum thoroughly. This natural deodoriser absorbs odours and leaves your carpet smelling fresh.

Open windows for fresh air

Allowing fresh air to circulate through your home is a simple yet effective way to combat stale odours. Open windows regularly to let in the fresh breeze, promoting better air circulation and reducing indoor odours.

Deodorise carpets with carpet powder

In case you are wondering, carpet powder is a cleaning product in powder form designed to refresh and deodorise carpets. It absorbs and neutralises odours trapped in carpet fibres. 

If you want to give your carpet a little extra love you can try out commercial carpet powders like Shake N’ Vac or make your own with a touch of essential oils for that personal touch. Just sprinkle the goodness on your carpet, let it sit for a bit, and then give it a good vacuum. Voilà! Your space is not only clean but also rocking a delightful scent.

Create your own carpet powder is a great and simple way to make your carpets smell good naturally.

DIY carpet powder recipe:


  • 1 cup bicarbonate of soda
  • 10-15 drops of your favourite essential oil (e.g., lavender, tea tree, or citrus)


  • Mix the bicarbonate of soda and essential oil in a bowl.
  • Allow the mixture to sit for a few hours to let the scent infuse.
  • Sprinkle the powder on your carpet, wait for 15 minutes, and then vacuum.

Carpet washing

Periodic deep carpet cleaning is a powerful method to remove deep-seated dirt and eliminate odours. Consider hiring professionals for a thorough carpet cleaning for best results.

Ensure carpets dry completely after washing

Moisture can lead to mould and unpleasant odours, so allow ample time for the carpets to dry completely before stepping on them or placing furniture back.

Ensure optimal carpet drying by promoting good ventilation and maintaining warm temperatures, expediting the evaporation of moisture for a quicker and more effective result.

Use air purifiers

Use air purifiers to maintain clean indoor air. These devices help reduce allergens and neutralise odours, contributing to a fresh and healthy home environment.

Respond swiftly to spills

Attend to spills promptly to prevent them from causing lingering odours. Blot the spill with a clean cloth and use a carpet cleaner if necessary to prevent stains and odours from setting in.

Rotate furniture

Prevent concentrated areas of wear and tear by occasionally rotating your furniture. This practice helps distribute foot traffic and minimises the likelihood of odours becoming trapped in specific spots.

Regular cleaning services

Consider booking regular domestic cleaning services to ensure consistent upkeep of your home, including thorough vacuuming of carpets. Professionals can provide deep cleaning, targeting areas that may be overlooked in regular cleaning routines.


aintaining a fresh-smelling carpet is a simple yet impactful way to enhance the overall atmosphere of your home. By incorporating these tips into your cleaning routine, you can create a welcoming and hygienic living space for you and your loved ones. We hope that with these practical suggestions, your carpets will remain fresh, inviting, and a source of comfort in your home.

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