Carpet Cleaning 101: Four Methods For Removing Carpet Odor

Posted on: 13 April 2015

Between children, pets, and day-to-day life, it's easy for your home's carpeting to become stinky. The unpleasant odor may be offensive, but luckily, it is easy to equalize the smell.

If you need to freshen up your carpet, try one of these four methods to remove the stink:

1. Open Windows

Fresh air is, perhaps, the easiest method for removing unpleasant odors in your carpet. Not only does it freshen up your carpets, but also it's good for you too. Start by opening windows and turning on any fans you have in your home. Let the fresh air circulate for at least 2 hours. If you can stand it, let your home air out for at least 24 hours—the longer, the better.

Airing out your home will help remove smells that are not "stuck" within your carpet. It will also help your home dry out, which will prevent any mold or mildew from growing.

2. Sprinkle Baking Soda

If you have some smells that just won't budge from your carpet, use baking soda to help equalize the smell. Baking soda works by absorbing the smells in your carpet, much like it does in your refrigerator.

Sprinkle the baking soda on your carpet liberally and let sit for about 15 minutes—again, the longer you let it sit, the more effective it will be. After the necessary time has passed, vacuum up the baking soda along with any unpleasant odors.

If you do not have baking soda in your pantry, use cornstarch. It is similar to baking soda and works nearly as well. Follow the directions above, just swap out the baking soda for cornstarch.

3. Use Vinegar to Cleanse

Tough stains, like pet urine, may not come out so easily. In this case, you may need to use something a bit stronger. Plain, white vinegar works well and is very affordable.

Start by vacuuming and blotting up any excess stains like urine. Create a vinegar solution with equal parts water and white vinegar. Transfer the solution to a spray bottle and liberally spray the affected area of the carpet. Let the mixture sit on the carpet for 15-45 minutes. Blot up with a clean, damp towel and let air dry.

4. Commercial Products

If the above methods do not work, you may need to use something with a bit more strength. A commercial enzyme-based cleanser or a carpet deodorizer may be exactly what you need. Purchase a product that is right for your situation and follow the directions on the bottle.

If, after trying everything, you still notice an offensive smell, you may need professional help. A professional carpet cleaning company can help you steam clean your carpet and remove any offensive odors that just won't budge. For more information, contact a business such as Front Range Steamway Inc.