Is your carpet emitting a bad smell? Carpets can hold onto odors, which become difficult to remove. The reasons for the foul smell can vary, but it is mostly caused by pets and food. If you want to eliminate bad smells from your carpet, you will have to spend time and effort. A much better way to get rid of the smell is to send your carpet to cleaning services. They use efficient procedures, which leave your carpet smelling fresh and nice.
If you want to remove the smell by yourself, you can try out the processes we have mentioned below. Please bear in mind that several applications may be required before the smell is eliminated. If you still fail in doing this, send your carpet to professional cleaning services.
Baking soda is a great substance for removing odors and is easily available in every home.
Sprinkle baking soda on the area which smells bad. Run a brush over the surface so that the soda can reach into the deeper fibers of the carpet. Now sprinkle more baking soda on the carpet again until a thick layer develops.
Let the baking soda remain on the carpet for around 12 to 48 hours depending on the severity of the smell.
Use a stiff brush to remove the upper layer of baking soda. If your carpet is small, you can shake it outside and most of the particles will be removed.
Vacuum the carpet as effectively as possible. Make sure you are using efficient equipment.
If your carpet still smells, you can either apply baking soda again or try using vinegar.
Vinegar is acidic and can kill the foul-smelling bacteria, which makes it a great odor remover.
Blot vinegar over your carpet with a clean cloth. You can also use a spray bottle for this purpose. Just like baking soda, vinegar must also penetrate deep inside the fibers, but your carpet should not get saturated.
Leave the vinegar on the carpet for around 15 minutes.
Remove vinegar by blotting the carpet once more, but this time with a clean cloth.
If required, you can rinse the carpet with water. Remove this water by blotting it with a clean cloth.
Place the carpet in an airy room and let it dry.
If your carpet still smells, you can try your luck with hydrogen peroxide. Before applying this substance to the whole of your carpet, apply it to only a small area first. If the color remains unaffected, you can use hydrogen peroxide over your whole carpet.
Odors can also be removed with steam cleaners, which are more effective than blotting. You can also use special cleaning agents that have been designed to eliminate smells.
Did you act on our advice? If your carpet still smells bad, avail professional cleaning services.