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A Definitive Guide to Clean Carpets

Here is what’s causing the odor, and how you can solve this frustrating problem.

Carpet cleaning can be tricky, because even if you’ve vacuumed, pre-treated, shampooed, and vacuumed again, your carpets might not smell as clean and fresh as you want. If this has happened to you, it might be because the carpets never fully dried out after cleaning and developed mildew. Even if the top of the carpet may feel dry, the underside could still be damp and prone to mildew. There are numerous products that help you combat this issue, here is how to use a few of them.

White Vinegar

  1. Create a cleaning solution of equal parts water and vinegar. Shampoo the carpets with this mixture, as the vinegar will kill any mold and mildew, removing and preventing any smell.
  2. If your car has removeable carpets, apply the mixture to both sides and leave it in the sun to dry. If your vehicle’s carpets are fixed in place, make sure that the vinegar penetrates all the way through the carpet.
  3. Help the carpets dry as fast as possible. If it’s a sunny day, park your car outside and leave the doors/windows open. If the weather is bad, park your car in a covered place with the windows open. You can use space heaters and portable fans pointed at the carpets to promote drying.


  1. Borax is an effective mould-killer. Sprinkle borax onto your carpet, make sure you use enough so that you can see the borax on the surface of the carpet.
  2. Use a broom or brush to work the borax into the fibres of the carpet.
  3. Let the borax stand overnight to work its magic. The next day, vacuum the carpet thoroughly.

Baking Soda

Generally, baking soda is only suitable to treat a very mild odour.

  1. Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet. Use about one cup of baking soda for each 10 square feet of carpet space.
  2. Let the baking soda sit for at least half an hour, but overnight is best.
  3. Vacuum to thoroughly remove the baking soda.

If you’ve tried all these methods, and still can’t rid your car of its musty odour, set up an appointment and we’ll help you get to the bottom of it.

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