If you have a carpet, you know it can be a challenge to keep it clean. But it’s not enough that your carpet just looks clean. Carpets can trap a wide variety of odors which can then linger, giving your carpeted room an unpleasant smell that permeates throughout.
Tips for Removing Carpet Odors
What can you do to remove odors from carpet? Here are three useful ideas on how to get smells out of the carpet in your home.
1. Baking Soda
Ah, the miracle of baking soda. Baking soda is an all-purpose solution that’s well known for its ability to absorb odors. To use baking soda to remove odors that are trapped in the carpet, start by simply layering your carpet with baking soda, distributing a thin layer all throughout the affected area and smoothing out any clumps.
Let the baking soda sit and do its work for several hours — or an entire day if possible. Make sure you keep pets and children away from the area you are treating. Once enough time is passed, vacuum up the baking soda and all the odors with it!
This can be an effective treatment if you have smokers in your home. Smoke odor can easily trap itself in your carpet and can be difficult to get rid of. Leave several bowls of white vinegar around the room where the smoke order is prevalent. Believe it or not, this will absorb the odor from the air. Let it sit for 24 hours, then apply the baking soda treatment above. You can also strengthen your ability to remove stains and odors by spraying a white vinegar solution on your carpet, either on top of the baking soda or already mixed with baking soda.
3. Steam Cleaning
The only reliable way to remove stains and odors from your carpet long-term is with a quality commercial steam cleaning of the carpet. Steam cleaning lifts the smells and stains out of the carpet and leaves you only with luxurious, clean carpet.
How to Remove Pet Odors from Carpets
Before you start any kind of cleaning routine, make sure your cleaners are non-toxic and can safely be used around pets. This is important because:
- Your dog’s nose is closer to the ground, making them more susceptible to breathing in large quantities of harmful fumes.
- Your dog will likely lay on the floor, which was coated in cleaner.
- Some ingredients, such as some types of essential oils, cannot be used around pets.
The safest and best way to clean floors with dogs is to keep them in a separate location. Then, make sure the floor is rinsed well before allowing them back on it.
Steps for Removing Pet Odors & Waste From Carpets
After you’ve gotten rid of the waste your pet has left behind you’ll want to deal with the odor. What is the best way to remove pet odors from a carpet? The most significant pet odor problem people tend to have is when your beloved companion has a little accident on the carpet. Here is a six-step process to help you deal with that stinky mess.
Step 1: Soak Up the Wetness
To start, get the gloves on and use paper towels to soak up any urine, vomit or whatever foul-smelling substance your pet has left behind. It is better to blot the wetness, instead of rubbing it all around.
Step 2: Dishwashing Detergent
Wet the area down with a paper towel, then squirt some eco-friendly dishwashing detergent on another paper towel and blot the affected area.
Step 3: Baking Soda
Once you’ve thoroughly blotted the area with the detergent, coat the whole thing with baking soda.
Step 4: Wait Overnight
Give the baking soda and detergent the night to work its way into the pet stain. If possible, cover the area with paper towels. Be sure to keep your pet and any children away from the area while you’re treating it.
Step 5: Add Vinegar
The next day, spray white vinegar onto the area. You may notice some foaming — this is good, as the reaction should eliminate the smell.
Step 6: Soak it Up
After about five minutes, wipe up the remaining cleanser and blot dry.
Are There Other Options?
If you’re dealing with a heavy-duty stain or odor then more aggressive cleaning methods may be necessary:
- Steam Cleaning for Pet Waste – This method will often be very effective at dealing with pet stains, and the vinegar should take care of the odor. However, if you’re dealing with large or multiple stains that have had a chance to set before you could get to them, you will probably need professional help.
- Investing in a Good Wet Dry Vacuum – A hand-held model should be sufficient. Attack the stain as soon as it happens — or at least as soon as you discover it. Start by going over the stain a few times to pick up any waste that is sitting on the carpet. Once you’re left with just the liquid stain, start spraying the stained area with water from a spray bottle, vacuuming as you go, so the water loosens the stain, and the vacuum pulls it up.
Choose Cyclone Professional Cleaners for Your Toughest Carpet Odors
If you’re in the Plano, Texas, area and have need of a professional carpet cleaner, contact Cyclone Professional Cleaners. We handle even the most set-in carpet odors with ease and use effective but safer techniques, including eco-friendly biodegradable carpet-cleaning residue-resistant cleansers. We have the biggest truck-mounted steam cleaning machines in the Dallas area and solutions to handle not only synthetic materials, like nylon, olefin, acrylic and polyester, but wool carpets and a variety of other carpet types to suit your needs.
Our steam cleaning and other carpet cleaning methods are faster, better for your carpet, more effective and longer-lasting than most do-it-yourself solutions, and we think you’ll find it well worth the investment for the beautiful, odor-free carpet we’ll leave you with.
We will deliver you a cleaner carpet, and we guarantee our work, so you have nothing to lose but unpleasant carpet odors and stains from pets, smoke and more. We are an accredited carpet cleaning company with an A+ Better Business Bureau rating. For a better looking and smelling carpet, call us at 972-390-8700 or contact us online today!