Carpet odor removal can be quite difficult at times. You can spend a great deal of time, effort and money depending on how large the affected area is and how intense the odor might be. Any time you’re dealing with foul smelling carpet you are probably facing the need to remove carpet stains also. In some cases, even professional cleaning will not remove all carpet odors. When odors are intense, applications of deodorizers and/or neutralizers may be necessary to eliminate the smell. Often times multiple applications are necessary in treating odors.
Fresh air can be a great help in many cases for area rugs, but unfortunately airing out wall-to-wall installed carpeting is not an option.
In these cases baking soda or white vinegar are good choices for carpet odor removal. Both baking soda and white vinegar are good neutralizers of odors and can be inexpensive ways to lessen the odors without masking them with fragrances.
Carpet Odor Removal Methods
Baking Soda for Carpet Odor Removal
Sprinkle baking soda over carpet, then lightly brush the baking soda down into the carpet fibers. If possible let this sit for a couple days before vacuuming. Smell the area and if odors still persist, repeat. Baking soda is safe, not abrasive and will not harm carpet fibers. The residue of baking soda will be thoroughly removed during your next deep steam or hot water extraction carpet cleaning.
White Vinegar for Carpet Odor Removal
White vinegar and water mixed in equal parts is also a great at-home natural odor neutralizer. Spraying this mixture on spots or even areas affected by bad carpet smells can help eliminate or at least lessen some odors. The downside to this technique is that it often leaves a scent of vinegar in the carpet. But if it’s too strong it can be lessened during your next deep steam or hot water extraction carpet cleaning in the Raleigh area by your carpet cleaning professionals at Ace Rug.
If the source of the odor was a liquid, it’s probable that it has seeped down into the padding which is hard if not impossible to effectively treat with home remedies. If this is the case, a professional will need to be called in to reach the source and eliminate the problem underneath.
For info on a related topic, “pet accidents,” please see our previous blog post for carpet odor removal tips to effectively treat pet damage. Of course if you have a tough stain or carpet odor that needs professional carpet cleaning in Raleigh, call us at 919-832-2275. We can help.
So what do you think? Have you had success removing carpet odor with one of the techniques in this article? Let us know in the comments section below about your experience with carpet odor removal