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.Share