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Deodorizing Carpet

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When it comes to deodorizing carpet, the key to success is removing the source of the offensive odor rather than temporarily cover it up. Most supermarkets have an entire aisle dedicated to products that promise to alleviate foul smells from your flooring. However, such pleasant-smelling products will only temporarily mask the odor, which will eventually make an encore performance in your home. Follow these tips for deodorizing carpet.

The science behind the smell

You’ve doused your carpet with sweet smelling powders and sprays only to detect the faint foulness creeping back. Right? That is because most household products are designed to only substitute a foul carpet smell with a more pleasing one.

Successfully deodorizing carpet will entail finding the odor-causing source – such as pet urine, food, mildew, vomit, or mold – and treating the soiled area to permanently remove the organic matter. Such matter is like food for odor-causing bacteria. Organic matter gives off molecules when it is decaying, and those molecules are often the source of that unpleasant odor invading your home.

Mildew, mold, urine – oh my!

If your carpet has gotten wet, is in an environment with a lot of humidity, or was not properly dried after shampooing, mildew or mold is probably your problem with smell.

You can find a special deodorizing solution at your local grocery store, or you can try using a water and white vinegar mixture (one part vinegar to five parts water). You can also try deep cleaning your carpets, giving them ample to dry. Do this during a time when you can leave the windows in your house open to allow for ventilation. Consult with a professional to determine if your carpet is too damaged from mildew or mold – in which case, you may need to replace it with new carpet.

Pet urine can be more difficult to remove as it becomes crystallized over time. The best way to remove pet urine is to clean up the spot quickly after an accident. Use a clean, white absorbent cloth to blot up excess liquid. Apply pressure to the cloth for about 30 seconds – do not rub. Rinse the area thoroughly with cold water; any heat could cause the urine to permanently bond to your carpet’s fibers. Finally, use a pet neutralizing cleaner that has enzymes to break up the urine crystals.

Deep cleaning

If the odors are stubborn and the organic matter causing the foul smell is embedded in your carpet, it may take a heavy duty method for deodorizing your carpet. You can deep clean your carpet with steam cleaning or vapor cleaning. Consider hiring a certified professional who uses Seal of Approval products and equipment and who will provide a guarantee to clean your carpet without damage. Also, carpet cleaning professionals will be trained in deodorizing carpet and will know which method is best for your kind of carpet. Always check with your carpet’s manufacturer before treating your carpet to prevent voiding your warranty.

Deodorizing carpet will entail locating and removing the source of the foul smells. Don’t just mask the source, clean them up and enjoy the reward of fresh, clean house.

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