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Top 10 Deodorizing Carpet Tips

carpet deodorizer To successfully deodorize your carpets, it is essential to find and remove the source of the odor rather than mask the smells with air fresheners and carpet powder. Most carpet deodorizing products found at the store are designed to use a pleasing smell that overpowers the foul carpet smell, but does not remove the source of odor which will continue to make a repeat performance.

  1. Treat the source of the odor. If your carpet has recently been stained by pet urine, food, mildew, vomit, or mold, you must treat the stain to permanently remove all traces of odor-causing matter. Organic matter, such as food, decays and gives off molecules that create the unpleasant odor invading your home.
  2. Mold and mildew have distinct odors that make their presence known. If your carpet has recently gotten wet, is subjected to a lot of humidity, or did not properly dry after shampooing, mildew or mold is probably your problem with smell. Consider using a vapor steam cleaner, which uses high-heat, dry steam and kills mold and mildew on contact. Vapor steam also dries in about 15 minutes, which is not enough time for mold or mildew to form.
  3. Pet urine becomes crystallized over time, making it more difficult to remove. Like other stains, the best way to remove pet urine is to treat the spot quickly by blotting up excess liquid with a clean, white cloth. To completely remove urine crystals from your carpet’s fibers, you will need to use a pet neutralizing cleaner that has enzymes that eat up and permanently remove the urine crystals.
  4. Vinegar is known for its ability to neutralize odors. You can treat common stains with a mixture of one part vinegar and five parts cold water. You can also place bowls of vinegar around the room – in places where they will not get knocked over, like under furniture. Leave overnight and you should notice that carpet odors have disappeared.
  5. If you have small children or allergen sensitivities, look for carpet deodorizing products that use plant-based or natural ingredients to treat odors, which are safer than deodorizers full of harsh chemicals and perfumes.
  6. Deep clean your carpets at least once a year to remove embedded dirt and built-up grime. Large households or carpets with high-traffic should be deep cleaned more frequently. You can choose to use a hot water extractor, which forces hot water and cleaning solution deep into your carpets, or vapor steam cleaning, which uses just tap water heated up to 250 to 280 degrees to loosen up contaminants and draw the to the surface.
  7. When deep cleaning carpets, choose a time during the year when you can leave the windows in your house open to allow for ventilation. Otherwise, your carpets could stay damp for too long, inviting mold and mildew to return.
  8. Hire a certified professional who uses Seal of Approval products and equipment to deep clean your carpets and remove the source of your carpet’s odors. An experienced carpet cleaning professional will be trained in deodorizing carpet and will know which cleaning method to recommend for your carpet.
  9. Check with your carpet’s manufacturer to determine the recommended method for treating and cleaning your carpet to prevent voiding your warranty. The manufacturer will be able to tell which cleaning methods to use to safely remove stains from your carpet.
  10. Stop smoking in the house. If you or anyone in your home is smoking inside the house, it is time to make your home a smoke-free area. Your carpet will hold onto smoke odors and residue, making it impossible to keep it deodorized.
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