There is nothing like coming home to or stepping into a freshly deodorized carpeted room and feeling like its clean, especially if you have small children who play on the carpet. However, after some time, your carpet can retain odors due to trapped dirt, spills, pet stains, and even humidity, which can cause it to become smelly, especially during the hotter months when the temperatures rise, causing the odors to become more airborne and the moisture in the air to increase, which can cause mold and mildew growth under the carpet, thus also emitting a musty odor.
Fortunately, if your carpet smells, it doesn't mean you have to take drastic measures to replace it in order to enjoy a clean smell again. Instead, simply try the following tips to help restore your carpet, as well as refresh the air around your home, for a more comforting space you can be proud to relax in.
Thoroughly Vacuum the Carpet
Surface dirt and particles, such as pet hair and dandruff, dust buildup, food crumbs, and stains, can cause an unpleasant odor in your carpet, especially if the carpet hasn't been vacuumed in a while, so the most obvious step to begin with to help remove odors from your carpet is to thoroughly vacuum the carpet.
To do so, remove as many furniture items as you can from the carpet's surface.
With the furniture out of the way, thoroughly vacuum the entire carpet area to help loosen and remove any dirt particles.
If, after thoroughly vacuuming the carpet, the odor still persists, then move onto the next step.
Use a Carpet Deodorizer Powder
Carpet deodorizers contain special odor-fighting agents that penetrate deep into the fibers of the carpet to eliminate odors, leaving a long-lasting scent that freshens both the carpet as well as the room.
Sprinkle the deodorizer powder all over the carpet and then wait five minutes to allow it to penetrate the fibers.
After five minutes, vacuum the carpet as usual.
If the smell is still present, you may need to repeat the process, only this time, use more of the product.
Use Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda)
Sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda, is one of the most natural and economical products for ridding carpets of odors. In fact, it has even been shown more effective at removing odors than many commercial carpet deodorizers, and it won't harm your carpet.
Baking soda helps trap and neutralize acidic odors, as well as other foul smells, in carpet, especially those that have been deep-rooted in the carpet for years, such as pet urine and feces stains, smoke, and more.
Sprinkle a generous amount of the sodium bicarbonate onto the carpet, applying it a bit more liberally in areas of stubborn stains, and then using a broom, press the powder down deep into the carpet fibers.
Once the baking soda is applied, allow it to sit on the carpet for a night or two if you have the time.
To get rid of the baking soda, first, use a broom and dustpan to remove the top layer of sodium bicarbonate, and then use a vacuum to suction the rest of the powder away.
If there is still a lingering odor, repeat the process until the smell is gone.
Use Cat Litter
Treat Your Carpet Using Your Own Natural Deep Cleaning Solution
White vinegar is another all-natural odor fighter that works by destroying odor-causing bacteria, which is why it is often used to clean and deodorize many areas throughout the home.
To make your own natural deep cleaning solution to deodorize your carpet, mix one part vinegar with one part warm water in a spray bottle. Mix the solution thoroughly, and then spray it evenly all over the carpet, careful not to get the carpet too wet because it can cause mold and mildew growth.
Allow the solution to sit on the carpet for 15 to 20 minutes to enable its odor-fighting properties to work. If the smell is especially unpleasant, you could also add a few teaspoons of baking soda to the vinegar solution to help increase its effectiveness.
Allow the carpet to dry.
Treat the Carpet with an Enzyme Cleaner
Enzyme cleaners are great at removing organic stains, such as stains caused by pet accidents, and in most cases, even more than traditional cleaners, and they are also safer. Therefore, if stubborn carpet stains, such as pet stains, are the cause of the odor in your carpet, and all else has failed, it may be time to reach for an enzyme cleaner.
Enzyme cleaners contain enzyme-producing bacteria that work by breaking down starches, oils, proteins, and the bacteria that feed on them, to help remove stubborn stains and odors, and they also continue to work long after they have been applied, which is also why they are so effective.
Apply the enzyme cleaner to areas of stubborn stains. Allow it to sit for about 15 minutes then use a clean cloth to soak up the cleaner. Aim a fan at the area to accelerate the drying process.
Call a Professional Carpet Cleaner in Yuba City to Help
If all else fails, or you just simply prefer to save time and energy deodorizing your carpet yourself, then feel free to contact the professional carpet cleaners at Yuba City Carpet Cleaning to help.
Not only do we have years of experience effectively treating all types of carpet stains and odors, but we also do so using a collection of industry-proven spot treatments and cleaning solutions, including some of the most effective enzyme cleaners on the market, that are specially selected to treat your specific stain and carpet type for optimum results. We also offer Eco-friendly cleaning solutions to help keep kids, pets, allergy sufferers, and other chemical sensitive individuals in your home safe.
Our professional equipment is also uniquely designed to be more effective at removing bacteria and odors in carpet than rented carpet cleaners and in half the time.
To help keep your carpet sanitized year-round, we also offer a maintenance plan that enables us to come out at least once a year and professionally clean your carpets for a healthier home and added confidence.
In fact, the longer you leave dirt and odors to buildup in the carpet, the harder it will be to remove whether you clean the carpet yourself or you hire a professional; therefore, we suggest having your carpets cleaned at least once annually to help keep stubborn contaminants at bay.
In the meantime, to help keep your carpet fresh, be sure to keep the area properly ventilated, which will help prevent odors from becoming trapped in the carpet. You might also consider adding a humidifier in your home, which will help deter mold and mildew growth in the carpet. Should any spills occur on the carpet, be sure to clean them up immediately to help prevent stains, and vacuum the carpet regularly to help prevent dirt from collecting inside the carpet.