Do you have an upcoming special occasion in your home? Maybe an open house, special holiday gathering, of just want to get you house into shape and are embarrassed about the odor coming from your carpet? Whether its the kids spilled milk, Fido’s dirty dog smell, or even pet urine, you need to get the problem taken carpet of the right way the first time. Thats why we’re here today to offer some tips for removing those unpleasant odors.
Being on big filter, your carpeting seems to grab and hold onto those nasty odors. Getting rid of them will be a challenge, and will depend largely on the type and intensity of the odor. One thing that will always help is fresh air. Open some windows, get some fans going and give the odor some space and a chance to air out.
The following tips we found on howtocleanstuff.net:
- Baking soda is well known for removing odors. It’s easy to use and effective for removing odors from carpeting.
- Sprinkle the area liberally with baking soda. For odors that go beyond the surface, brush the area lightly with a broom to work the baking soda down into the fibers.
- Sprinkle an additional layer of baking soda on top of the carpet. Thin layers of baking soda will not work as effectively. Do not be afraid to use enough to get rid of the odor.
- Allow the baking soda to set at least overnight on the affected area. Two days is even better, if possible.
- After 1-2 days have passed, sweep the top layer of baking soda into the dustpan with a stiff broom. If the baking soda was placed on a rug, it can be shaken off outdoors.
- Vacuum the remaining baking soda from the carpet with a strong vacuum. Do not vacuum the top layer first, as this can damage the vacuum.
- Smell the area to see if there is improvement. If there is, reapply another layer of baking soda and repeat the process. Baking soda does not damage the carpeting, so the process can be repeated as often as necessary.
- If the odor is not removed, vinegar can be applied to the carpet. It can be sprayed on the surface or blotted on with a soft cloth. If the odor is from a liquid that has been absorbed by the carpet, it will be necessary to apply enough vinegar to reach the source of the odor (keep in mind that it may have soaked into the padding as well), but avoid saturating the carpet.
- Allow the vinegar to set on the carpet for 15 minutes or so. The acid in the vinegar can work through the odor-causing bacteria in the carpet.
- Blot with a clean cloth to remove.
- Rinse by spraying and/or blotting the area with clean water.
- Press with a clean cloth to absorb any remaining water.
- Allow to air dry completely.
- Repeat as necessary until the stain is removed.
Removing odors from carpet can be a tough job, especially if they are serious odors such as pet stains. If this is the case, you may want to consider hiring a professional to take on the job. Friendly Cleaning Services offers carpet cleaning in Kansas City and can help you with getting your carpet clean and odor free.
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Kansas City, MO 64119