Natural Methods For Keeping Your Carpet Smelling Fresh

Posted on: 19 May 2015

Commercial carpet cleaners are pumped full of chemicals. This doesn't sit well with many parents and pet owners, who want to keep their dependents and loved ones free from unnatural and potentially toxic substances. Luckily, there are a variety of ways to keep your carpet smelling fresh without using these harmful chemicals. The following tips will help you keep your carpet smelling its best for many years to come. 

Open the Windows

Let in fresh air whenever possible. This method is so basic it's almost not seen as being a method for freshening carpeting. Still, homes that rarely get fresh air have a way of trapping odors inside. Carpet is naturally fibrous and will absorb smells from the air around it, which means that leaving the windows closed year round can result in a whole host of smells being absorbed by the carpeting. To avoid this problem, open your windows on a regular basis when the weather permits. This is especially important if you are a pet owner, smoker or if you enjoy lighting fires in your fireplace. 

Sprinkle on Baking Soda

Baking soda is commonly used to absorb odors in the refrigerator, but its effectiveness extends to all areas of the home. To absorb the odors in your carpeting, sprinkle baking soda over the surface of the carpet. Sprinkle trouble spots with extra baking soda and use a broom to work it deep into the pile. Leave the baking soda on the carpet overnight, then vacuum it up in the morning. If necessary, repeat the process the following night. This is a good way to eliminate odors over a large area. 

Spray on Vinegar

For some trouble spots, baking soda will not be enough. White vinegar is slightly acidic and a natural cleaning agent. It is very effective against odors in all areas of the house, including the carpet. Before you get started, test vinegar on a small out-of-the-way part of your carpet before using it on a large area. Watch the carpet for damage and discoloration. If after a day the carpet appears to be unchanged by the vinegar, then it's safe to use vinegar on the trouble spot.

Fill a plastic spray bottle with white vinegar, then spray the vinegar over the area with the odor. Leave the vinegar sitting on the carpet for a while, then blot the vinegar up with a rag. Repeat this process, then use baking soda to absorb the odor over the course of a day. Repeat these steps until the odor has been eliminated. 

However, when natural remedies don't do the trick, consider contacting a carpet cleaning service near you.


caring for your carpet properly

Carpeting is a huge investment. If you don't care for your carpeting properly, that investment will need to be made again in the near future. So, how do you care for a carpet to ensure that it lasts as long as possible? Is there a proper way to vacuum? Which method of deep cleaning is safest for your carpet? I created this blog after learning all about carpeting care from a friend who owns a carpet cleaning company. I have included tips that she has shared with me and advice that will help to protect your carpet from damage that could actually be caused by cleaning.


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