How To Remove Deep Seated Odors From Your Carpet This Spring

If you have an area of your carpet that just seems to smell horrible, make sure you add removing the odor to your spring cleaning checklist. Here are a few tips and tricks for getting deep-seated odors out of your carpet.

The Baking Soda Method

The first method you should try is the baking soda method. Baking soda is well known for neutralizing smells, and it will not harm your carpet.

  1. The first thing you need to do is sprinkle a thick layer of baking soda on the area of your carpet that is emitting the smell. Then, take a brush and gently scrub the baking soda into your carpet. This will allow the baking soda to really coat all the fibers in your carpet and get all the way down to the bottom of your carpet where the smell may be lingering. 
  2. After you scrub the baking soda in, sprinkle an additional layer on top so that you can see a layer of baking soda on the top of your carpet when you look at it. Let the baking soda sit on the affected area for at least two days. This will allow the baking soda time to neutralize the odor. 
  3. Once at least two days have passed, try to sweep up as much of the baking soda from your carpet as you can into a dustpan.  Sometimes vacuums have a tough time picking up baking soda when it is on the surface of your carpet, which is why sweeping up as much of it as possible is helpful depending on the type of vacuum cleaner you have. Then, remove the remaining baking soda by vacuuming the area.
  4. Smell the area and see if the odor is gone. If you still feel like it is lingering, you can repeat this process again. The baking soda will not damage your carpet, which is why you can repeat this process.

The Vinegar Method

If you find that the baking soda did not completely neutralize the odor, you can try the vinegar method. Vinegar contains acid, which can break down and neutralize whatever is causing your carpet to smell. 

  1. You'll want to blot white vinegar on the offended area using a soft cloth. Or, you can spray the area with vinegar. You don't want to just pour vinegar onto the affected area; you don't want to saturate your carpet.
  2. Let the vinegar sit and soak in for about twenty minutes. Then, take a clean cloth and blot away as much of the vinegar as you can. Next, spray the area with water and blot it away. This will help remove any vinegar that remained behind. 
  3. Allow the area to air dry, then check and see if the odor is removed.

The two methods above should remove any offending odor from your carpet. However, if you have a really large area of carpet that needs to be cleaned, you may want to consider hiring a carpet cleaning company like Ontario Cleaning Systems Hamilton to make your carpet smell fresh again.