How to Deodorize a Carpet

Carter Marcus
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Pet Poop

Had a little accident? First of all, don’t panic. It’s easy to clean and even easier to prevent.

If you’re dealing with a relatively fresh poop accident, freeze it with a cool hair dryer. If it’s older, spray it with a vinegar/water solution, then sprinkle baking soda on it and make sure the TV and kids are out of the room.

While it’s sitting, sprinkle it with salt and leave it overnight. The baking soda and salt will both absorb the odor (salt absorbs it the best). In the morning, the poop will be easy to pick up into the garbage.

If you’re not dealing with a fresh accident and your carpet is starting to have a lingering smell, you’ll want to treat the carpet. This is the best method: 1. Pour a generous amount of baking soda on the smallest possible section of the carpet. 2. Get down on your hands and knees and use a back-and-forth motion to rub the mixture in. Don’t forget to reach deep inside corners. 3. Leave the mixture on the carpet until it dries. 4. Vacuum.

Pet Pee

A question commonly posed to professional carpet cleaners, and a situation that can be quite embarrassing. Keep in mind that pet parents want to do the right thing for their furry family members as much as they want to do the right thing for their carpet. All pet odors immediately remind us of our own children, and there is nothing more frustrating than to have your own child ruin something that you care for very much. There are tips and tricks that can be discussed by carpet cleaning professionals and pet experts that can help reduce the return of pet odors and keep your family together.

What are the smells that are particularly offensive?

In my experience as a carpet cleaner, there are certain odors that will have pet parents lining up at my door. The odor of pet urine and especially flatulence are two of the odors most offensive to pet parents and pet owners alike. I am not going to try to offend anyone with the details of why I know what pet parents are smelling, but it is one of the most repulsive smells you can imagine.

How can I reduce the smell of pet urine?

Food Debris

{{Tip|Food Debris is the most common type of carpet odor source and is caused when your pet eats in the car and then the food gets scattered on the carpet and it goes undetected.}}

This step alone will go a long way in helping remove most of the odor.

If you own a wet/dry vacuum, use it to suck up as much of the food as you can. This will remove about 70% of the food debris. (Presuming that the solid portion of your pet’s meal is mostly kibble or other dry matter rather than wet food.)

If you don’t own one, you can use a shopvac or a leaf blower to remove as much of the food as possible.

If there is still food residue left, mix just enough water to get the leftovers up and use your vacuum to suck it up. This will remove another 10-30%, depending on how long it has been since your pet last had a meal.

Tips and Advice

Everyone makes mistakes when it comes to pet supplies; just make sure that you take your time and do your research to find the best pet supplies the first time around. Buying some cheaper pet food at first can save you money as long as they are healthy for your pet.

Mold and Mildew

Occasionally, your carpet's absolute worst nightmare leaves it with an odor that's farthest from pleasant. This is no one's idea of fun, to say the least. Seeing your shiny and spotless carpets marred before your eyes with disgusting stains is enough to make most people cry. The truly unfortunate bit is that the carpet is probably very expensive for most homeowners. It's bad enough that you're going to pay to have it professionally cleaned, but the smell isn't going anywhere!

The first step to deodorizing your carpet is to make sure the stains have been cleaned. Depending on the size of the stain or even an overall marker stain, the carpet may need to be scrubbed. You wouldn't want to have a failed cleaning solution on your carpet when you spray the deodorizer, right?

Most carpet cleaning solution companies sell pre-spray or deodorizing floors. After you've done a thorough cleaning of the stained area, you want to make sure you have cleaned the entire area of the carpet.

If you can't get all of the stains out, you want to make sure your carpet is vacuumed or swept before you deodorize it. This way, you eliminate any other odors or residue that may make the carpet smell bad again.

Smoke

Every year around New Year’s our carpets start smelling and specially the rugs, room dividers, and curtains. This is mainly because we remain in houses. We bring forward our old habits of smoking. To prevent such an unhealthy habit and also to make our rooms smell good, we are required to take some precautions and methods.

After a long night or a series of parties, smoky smell can linger all over the house. Your expensive carpets can easily smell like an old cigar shop. This may not be the problem of the inside of the house only. The entire neighborhood may respond to that.

The edges of the house should be treated too. The problem is that if the walls or frames of the house are too tight then the smoke can’t escape making it accumulate inside.

In both cases, the indoor and the outer smell may continue to be there for days. That means the smell may continue to be there even if the party is over. For the party, make sure that every guest of the party should be aware about the parking details. This will provide them an alternative and a good option, to stand in fresh air.

The following are some easy and effective ways to get rid of the smell: