One of the most embarrassing social situations would be to invite guests to your house, and the moment they walk in, their nose scrunches up at a foul odor. If you have carpets or rugs in your home, then there’s a high percent chance that they are the source. Rugs are super absorbent and can hold onto smells from residue, stains, spills, smoke and other accidents. If you want to ensure a clean, odor-free home, follow these steps:
Neutralize the Odors
For title stains, it is important to take steps to clean the carpet before any odors or stains are permanently embedded in your rugs. This needs to be done immediately, starting with blotting away the spill. Baking soda works well to neutralize the odors, so make sure you have enough for each spill.
The best strategy is to take one-part baking soda and mix it with one-part Borax. This works because baking soda is able to absorb excess moisture. If you wish to add your own essential oils that match a scent you would like the rug to smell like, add that to the mix. You have to leave the mixture to sit for quite some time, possibly even overnight, to ensure the odors are completely gone from your rug. After, vacuum it, and it should be gone.
Use a Deodorizer
Treating your rug yourself can be beneficial and save you money, but you have to make sure that you have efficiently cleaned it. It’s likely that just spot-cleaning can hide the smell temporarily by covering up the odor. If you focus just on perfuming the carpet, the odor can mix together to make a worse smell, or just look dirty. Using carpet cleaners and deodorizers can provide great results and ensure the rug is clean.
Deodorizers work most effectively at getting rid of pet smells. Vinegar is a good component because it’s odorless once it dries, can absorb all unpleasant smells and can be used in a spray bottle for ease. Vodka has similar results but also can kill any bacteria that can be causing the odors. Spot-treating and spraying it as a base before adding baking soda and vacuuming can further help prevent leftover residue.
Cleaning immediately after a spill is the best strategy to neutralize the odors, but it’s also important to prevent them from happening. Although you can’t control when an accident happens, you can prevent particle build up by cleaning your carpets at regular intervals.
Ventilation in rooms where odors may accumulate is a smart strategy, especially if the odor is caused by airborne particles, like smoke. A lot of homes can have mold or mildew damage that leaves foul odors when there’s too much moisture in the air. In these situations, it is best to make sure to use a dehumidifier in order to have a comfortable living situation.
If you are unable to find the source of the odor, you are unable to actually treat it. At MasterCare, our skilled technicians are trained to locate the physical source of all odors while providing treatment solutions. They use ozone equipment and products to remove the sources. Additionally, they go through numerous courses aside from “regular training” and odor control to make sure they can provide the best service. Contact MasterCare to get a free estimate.