How to Remove Odours from Carpets
Carpets can capture odours and seemingly hold onto them for dear life. You vacuum. You burn incense. You open every door and window but nothing seems to work.
Odours can be effectively removed from your carpets but the degree of difficulty depends on how bad the odour is. If you’re up against some deep, long-lived odours, you will more than likely have to put in more time, effort and money to get the stink out. Persistence is key.
Here are some simple, natural ways to clean your carpets and get rid of stubborn odours and smells. If these don’t work, and you still have smelly carpets, it might be time to talk to an expert. Our recommended carpet cleaning companies in Newcastle are experienced in stain removal.
Baking Soda Remedy
This is one of the most reliable and safe odour-removal remedies around. Liberally sprinkle the affected area with baking soda. Brush the area lightly with a stiff broom to work the baking soda down into the fibres. Sprinkle an additional layer of baking soda to replace what you brushed off. Let the baking soda set in place overnight (and over two nights if you can).
Brush off the baking soda into a dustpan and then vacuum the area to pick up the remaining particles. Set your vacuum on high to suck up all of the tiny fragments carrying the most odour-causing agents. If you applied baking soda to an area rug, you can take the rug out to shake out the particles before vacuuming the affected area.
If you’d like to learn more & see how effective this really is, watch the short video below:
White Vinegar Remedy
For tougher carpet smells like dog or cat urine, try spraying some white vinegar with a spray bottle on the surface of your carpet, or blot it on with a clean, cotton cloth. If the odour is from a liquid you might need more vinegar to remove the smell, but be sure that you do not oversaturate the carpet; vinegar can have some damaging effects if not monitored.
Leave the vinegar in for about 15 minutes. The acid in the vinegar will work through the odour-causing bacteria buried deep within the carpet. Blot dry with a clean cloth and spray with clean water. Use another clean cloth to absorb the remaining water. The vinegar scent may slightly cover the original odour for a couple of hours but you’ll be able to tell if the method worked and removed the offensive odour within a day.
Hydrogen Peroxide Remedy
For the absolute worst carpet scents, try this hydrogen peroxide (HP) remedy that many professional cleaners use. It’s very good, particularly for pet stains, because HP will break down urine crystals and pull away the stain. But you need to be careful. Hydrogen peroxide can damage the dye in some carpets, so do a test patch before you apply it to larger areas.
Take a half cup of 3 per cent HP, 1 cup of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid and mix the whole thing in a large bowl. Slowly pour the solution over the affected area and quickly cover the area with rags or paper towels to soak up the excess liquid. Gently scrub the area with a scrub brush or dry cloth and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Afterwards, vacuum the area thoroughly and repeat the process for tougher stains.
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