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How to Remove Carpet Odor

Are you embarrassed by your home’s carpet odor? Or maybe you have a special occasion coming up—a party, a holiday gathering, even an open house—and you want the house in tip-top shape? Well you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got tips to get any carpet odor-free and we would love to share them with you. So sit back, take one last whiff, and get ready for clean, fresh-smelling carpets.

How to Remove Carpet Odor

The difficulty of your mission will depend largely on how bad that stink is. If you’re facing off with some deep, long-lived odors, you might have have to put in more time, effort, and money than the next person. It all depends on the intensity of your opponent. So let’s get started!

Level One: Start with airing out the place. Fresh air never hurt anyone. Scratch that. Fresh air helps everyone. Including your carpet. So open the windows, turn on the fans, and give that odor some space. Show that carpet odor what he’s missing out on by staying indoors and maybe, just maybe, if you leave the windows open for an afternoon, he’ll be tempted by the cool breeze and sunshine. If not, move on  . . .

Level Two: Vacuum. If the odor is new to your place, have you considered that it might just be surface-level? Give your carpet a once-over with the old Hoover and see if it makes a difference. And if you have pets, use those stronger vacuums and pet hair removal tools to get up everything you can. You might be shocked at the difference it makes, depending on your pet’s shedding habits. Then keep it moving and head on to . . .

Level Three: Go to your kitchen cabinet and pull out the baking soda, that famed odor-eater. Sprinkle the white powder over your carpet, concentrating on those areas which you know to be especially smelly (anywhere you’ve removed a stain in the past, anywhere your dog or child has had an accident). Using a broom, brush the powder lightly down into the carpet fibers. Then, sprinkle on even more baking soda. Yes, more. In liberal amounts. You want to get rid of that carpet odor, don’t you? Then, allow it to sit. Really sit. Maybe for two days (no, I’m not kidding). Let it do it’s job and don’t rush it. When you’re tired of it looking like your carpet’s covered in snow, go ahead and sweep up the top layer of baking soda. Use a vacuum to get the deeper stuff. Now sniff . . . Does it still smell? If it does, repeat the whole process and if you can still smell that carpet odor, move on to . . .

Level Four: Go back to the kitchen cabinet and this time, pull out the vinegar. Depending on what you have available, either spray the vinegar onto your carpet or blot it on with a cloth. For deeper carpet odor, use a fair amount of vinegar so that it can really sink down, but try not to soak the carpet. Once you’ve applied it, allow the vinegar to sit for 15-30 minutes so that the acid in the vinegar can start battling that carpet odor. To finish, blot up the vinegar with a clean cloth. Spray with some water and blot that up as well. Once the smell of the vinegar has gone, your carpet should be smelling a lot fresher. If it’s not, you could always try . . .

Level Five: Hydrogen peroxide. Use it the same way you used the vinegar, but be especially careful this time. Hydrogen peroxide can damage the color of some carpets, so do a test patch before you apply it to larger areas. And if even this doesn’t eliminate that smell . . .

You should probably just call First Choice Carpet Cleaning. We’ve got the professional equipment and expertise to get your carpet looking (and smelling) like new. Give us a call today.