When it comes to household smells, unpleasant odours in your carpet would rate amongst the worst. This is due in part because carpeted surfaces are usually in multiple rooms throughout the home, making it seem like the smell is unavoidable. And, due to the fibrous nature of carpet, scent molecules are more likely to become trapped and linger. But after decades of experience vacuuming and deep cleaning carpet, we here at BISSELL know the best tips and tricks for getting the smell out of carpet. Whether it’s general smells, musty smells or the dreaded dog odour, we’ve got a solution for you. So keep reading to find out more! 


Carpet is typically present in high-traffic areas like the living room, so general smells are bound to accumulate. But there are few things you can do to both prevent smells from accumulating and get rid of ones that are already there. 

Cigarette smoke, cooking smells and water damage is some of the most common carpet odours. When it comes to preventing and busting bad smells, the key is getting rid of them at the source with a carpet cleaner. That’s why we engineered our cleaning formulas to work on a wide range of stains and kill odour-causing bacteria. The BISSELL Blossom Breeze Formula is a fantastic choice when it comes to getting smells out of the carpet. It removes deep-down dirt and odours from carpets and leaves the affected areas with a refreshing spring scent.


If we had to rank carpet odours that people are asking about most frequently, how to get musty smell out of carpet would be at the very top. As with all carpet odours, prevention is the key, and the best way to prevent musty odours is making sure all carpeted surfaces are kept dry from damp feet, humidity and spills. If the carpet gets damp, this can cause mould to grow and release spores into the fibres which cause a musty odour. 


The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors says it’s difficult to see mould on carpet, but it’s not difficult to smell it. That’s where our 1-2-3 step formula for cleaning carpets comes in. Step one is pre-treating the carpet, step two adding our  Professional Stain & Odour Formula, and step three is going over the area with  Oxy Boost Formula. The secret is the oxygen-based formula that eats away bacteria and particles that cause bad odours. Simply add the solution into your carpet washer and clean like you normally would. The oxygen in the enhancer creates a reaction with the mould on contact to remove even tough, set-in stains. It’s a difference you can see and smell!

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Pets are an important and beloved member of the family, but there are few smells in this world more unpleasant than a wet dog. What’s more, if they roll on your carpet or rub up against your couch, the smell will transfer quickly and become trapped in the fibres of the carpet. The first step is to tackle the source of the smell, which means giving your dog a good bath. To make this process as easy as possible, it’s worth investing in a  BISSELL BarkBath; it allows you to bathe your pet practically anywhere and anytime with virtually no mess.

Once your furry friend is clean and dry, it’s time to tackle the carpet. For getting dog odour out of carpet, we recommend pre-treating the area with  Pet Stain & Odour Formula and  Spot & Stain Formula. Its patterned odour control technology will make short work of odour particles trapped in the fibres of your carpet. When it comes to removing odours, vacuuming or treating the carpet alone isn’t going to cut it - you need to break down and remove the odour particles trapped in the carpet fibres. With an XL motorized brush roll with 10 rows of bristles, the  BISSELL HydroWave Ultralight or one of our  SpotClean carpet washers is more than up to the task. This powerful but lightweight model actively loosens and removes dirt but leaves your carpets dry within one hour.

Don’t settle for smells. Whether it’s mouldy, musty or animal-based, there are techniques and equipment you can use to remove odours from your carpets. For more cleaning tips and tricks from the experts here at BISSELL, check out the rest of  our blog. And don’t forget to browse our best-selling range of vacuums, carpet washers and other cleaning products right here in our  online store.  

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