Do you have a lingering carpet odor that you just can’t get rid of? Perhaps you have a family gathering, a party, or even an open house and you really want your rooms smelling fresh. You may have tried opening the windows and doors, and while the smell may have temporarily disappeared, it’s back with a vengeance as soon as the room is closed up. The good news is that there are simple steps you can take to eradicate the pong once and for all.
Step 1 – Vacuuming
Before you go out and hire a steam cleaner you might want to try giving your carpet the once-over with a vacuum cleaner. If it’s a relatively new odor then there is a chance the smell is at surface level. Use a vacuum with a strong suction and if you have pets, then one with a hair removal tool is ideal. You might be surprised at the transformation of your carpet and the more pleasant smell. However, if that doesn’t work, then you’ll need to try a different tack.
Step 2 – Reach for the baking soda
Household baking soda is great for a wide variety of things, but it’s particularly good at removing odors. Sprinkle it liberally over your carpet concentrating on the areas you know to be smelly. Then using a brush or light broom brush the baking soda down into the carpet fibers, then allow it to sit. No not for a few minutes or even a few hours, but a few days! This will give the powder ample time to work its magic. After a few days, or when you’re tired of your carpet looking like it’s covered in snow, remove the top layer of baking soda and vacuum the remainder. Once removed get your nose down on the carpet and sniff. If some of the smell has been removed but not all, then repeat the process again. If after several attempts, the nasty problems just won’t go away, then you’ll need to call in the big guns!
Step 3 – Professional carpet cleaning
This isn’t a cheap option, but when all else fails, a professional carpet cleaning company might well be the best solution. At Xtraordinary Carpet Care, for example, we use powerful chemical ( Monsterchems, available on San Diego Truckmount Service and Supply ) and state-of-the-art hot water extraction units to penetrate down deep into the carpet fibers in order to remove odors, stains and bacteria, leaving your carpet looking, feeling, and most importantly, smelling great. A good carpet cleaning company will have a thorough understanding of the types of carpet and how to treat them in order to bring out the best in them.
If you have a nasty carpet smell that you really can’t shift, then you can always rely on Xtraordinary Carpet Care. Call us today on 951-302-1033 and don’t let your stinky carpet cause you embarrassment.