Carpets can provide great comfort and a sense of warmth within your home, but they’re equally prone to absorbing all sorts of foul odours and bacteria if they aren’t cared for regularly. Flood Care in Melbourne are experts in carpet care and maintenance for homes, commercial, and industrial spaces.
Here are a few tips to help you eliminate foul odours from your carpet on your own. If they persist or you’d like to have the job done quickly and efficiently whilst reducing the possibility of mould or bacteria spreading, leave it to the experts at Flood Care to come and rejuvenate your carpets.
1. Baking Soda
Dealing with mild odours doesn’t always require a professional, although they can help identify if there’s anything more serious happening with your carpet. A great first tip is to apply a thin coating of baking soda to any areas of the carpet that you believe are producing the odour. If you aren’t sure, apply a thin layer of baking soda on the entire carpet and allow it to absorb overnight. Be sure to reduce clumps by hand.
Once the baking soda has been allowed to sit overnight, it will work to absorb the odours. You can then vacuum all of the baking soda and hopefully the odour has been removed at its source.
Great for eliminating smoke smells and more powerful odours, white vinegar is an old-fashioned cleaning product that can help with smelly carpets for a very low price. One method is to fill up one or two bowls with pure vinegar and to leave it on a countertop or table near the carpet. It doesn’t need to be directly applied; the vinegar will begin to absorb the odours overnight. Dispose of the vinegar after 24 hours.
The second method is to rent a steam cleaner from a local hardware store and to fill it with pure white vinegar. Steam clean the carpets thoroughly and allow the vinegar to seep deep into the carpet to do its work. To prevent mildew and mould from having the chance to develop, be sure to have a fan running to dry out the carpet after the vinegar’s done its job.
3. Dishwashing Detergent
Liquid detergent can be an excellent way of removing spot stains such as urine. Pet urine can quickly become a powerful odour that no one wants to put up with, so be sure to address spot urine stains as quickly as possible.
Apply liquid dish soap to the affected area and dab at it with a damp cloth. You can choose to apply baking soda afterwards; don’t worry if it begins to become damp or clotted in areas. Finally, spray white vinegar to the affected area. The suds and bubbling is a chemical reaction that will work to eliminate the stain and accompanying odour. This also can help address mould and bacterial growth deep within your carpet.
4. Contact a Professional
If you’ve tried the above tips for addressing foul odours in your carpet but it just won’t go away, it’s time to call a professional. The problem could be bigger than you anticipated, or the smell could be coming from deeper within your carpet, thereby requiring deep cleaning with more heavy-duty equipment or carpet replacement in serious cases.
Flood Care in Melbourne and surrounding suburbs has experience dealing with all sorts of smelly carpets, and the equipment and expertise to address mould, bacteria, and other root causes for foul odours spreading. Be sure to contact us if you’d like your carpet feeling, looking, and smelling like new!