Carpet odor not only produces an unpleasant atmosphere in your home that will have everyone choosing another area to hang out in; it can be dangerous and harmful to health when left unattended. Here are some ways to not only treat odor causing stains in your carpet, but some tips to prevent odors from happening in the first place.
Doing preventive cleaning is easier than trying to treat stubborn odors. There are a few things you can do to help prevent unpleasant carpet odors from becoming stubborn issues.
- Having Proper Ventilation– is a very important tool in keeping odors out of your home. A good amount of air flow will keep stinky air circulating with fresh air and eventually be carried outside. Poor ventilation will cause air to sit and permeate a space and then be absorbed into fabrics and carpet.
- High Humidity- is often a source of bad odors because it causes mildew and mold. Too much moisture in a home will quickly have your carpets harboring foul odors. In rooms that are prone to humidity use a de-humidifier and a fan to help circulation.
- Regular Vacuuming- is helpful for more than just sucking up dirt. The less residue buildup you have in your floors the less things in there causing unpleasant smells. The cleaner the carpet the fresher the smell. In addition to regular vacuuming a deodorizing product such as baking soda will help to maintain a fresh and pleasant scent.
One of the most common causes of offensive odors where carpet is concerned is pet accidents and old stains that have seeped deep into padding. Here are some home remedies to help get rid of carpet odor.
- Baking Soda- this is a great common household item that is well known for absorbing odor in fabrics and carrying them away. It is a great tool for working with pet urine or smoke. Sprinkle generous amounts over the carpet and work it gently down into the fibers. Let the baking soda sit overnight and then vacuum thoroughly to remove all baking soda. Repeat again if all smell is not completely gone. You can go a step further by creating your own baking soda based deodorizer by adding essential oils to leave behind a pleasant smell. You can also mix baking soda with Borax and essential oils for extra odor fighting oomph.
- Vinegar- vinegar itself has a funny smell and it can seem odd to use it to get rid of odors, but once the vinegar has dried the smell is completely gone. Vinegar is a natural deodorizer and sanitizer in fact it has been used for years to neutralize cat litter boxes. White vinegar is the best to use as far as home cleaning goes, pour it into an empty spray bottle and spray directly on the carpet and let dry. Spray again if smell is still lingering. For a scented boost add some fresh lemon to the spray bottle.
- Vodka- no need to go get top shelf stuff the cheap brand will do and in fact works much better. Vodka kills bacteria and can be used as a stain treatment. It is great for use on spots especially pet accidents. Spray vodka on stain after excess has been blotted up allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes and use clean white cloths to absorb the excess moisture. Sprinkle some baking soda over the top to be very sure all moisture has been absorbed and vacuum.
If you have tried everything in your power through home remedies to get rid of the smell and nothing is working it is time for a professional carpet cleaning. Sometimes a deep cleaning with professional equipment is all that can be done to get rid of your tough odors. All Kleen has special cleaners and trained technicians to combat your toughest yucky smells and make your home a pleasant place to hang out again. Make an appointment online today.