Given that we walk and play on our carpets everyday of the year, these areas can be a breeding ground for bacteria and bad odours. Household carpets serve as a mass space for a variety of activities. Whether our children are sprawled out on the floor watching TV or our pets are taking naps on our fuzzy rugs, carpets certainly go through a lot of wear-and-tear throughout the year.
The fabrics can soak in a lot of bad odours and trap them there for months at a time. If not dealt with immediately, these smells can easily invade the rest of your home. Cooking oils, moisture and bodily fluids can easily tarnish your beautiful carpet.
So what’s the best way to remove these awful odours?
There are many household items you can use to help eliminate these bad smells. Baking soda and white vinegar are some of the best ingredients for this task.
You will need:
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
- Dust pan
- Soft cloths
- Spray bottle
Baking soda is known for its odour-eliminating properties. Sprinkle a liberal amount all over your carpet. Use your broom to sweep the baking soda deep into the carpet’s fibres.
Allow the baking soda to sit on the surface for several minutes. Then sprinkle another generous layer on top. Because baking soda is non-toxic, there is no need to worry about using too much. Apply as much as needed depending on the severity of the odour.
Once this second layer is in place, allow it to sit overnight. If you can spare the time, a full two days is even better.
After some time has passed, use your broom to sweep that top layer into a dustpan. If you’ve sprinkled baking soda onto a rug, you can simply shake it off outside.
Once that top layer is removed, use a powerful vacuum to suck up the remaining layer. Avoid vacuuming the top layer as all that baking soda can clog the hose.
A simple smell test will determine if this process needs to be repeated. Vinegar is also a fantastic agent when it comes to odour-elimination. If you’ve tried the baking soda method several times with no luck, spray a mixture of vinegar and water directly onto the carpet and let it dry.
For more severe odours, consider hiring a professional carpet cleaner. Although the upfront cost may seem high, it will be all worth it when your family finally gets to experience that freshness.