While many homes are carpeted, over time they lose that warm and cozy feeling. But one of the most unpleasant things about older carpets is the smell. Carpets can also become repositories for funky smells, whether from pets, cooking, smoke, or other odor sources.
Removing these odors is possible if you know how to do it properly. Some of the things you should do to maintain your carpet and keep it smelling fresh include:
Many people simply vacuum one or two times a week, but the number of times you need to vacuum will depend on how often you walk on the carpet and what else happens near it. If someone cooks fish in an unventilated area, you can bet that the smells will permeate your home. This is especially true if you have pets with a strong sense of smell! Make it a habit to vacuum every day when these circumstances arise.
You can also use a carpet cleaner in between vacuuming by following the instructions on the bottle. These products are applied directly to the carpet and left to sit for a while. Some of them, especially those with enzymes in them, can eliminate odors on their own.
Check your carpet cleaner regularly to make sure that it is still working properly and hasn’t jammed or run out of fluid. If your machine comes with a brush attachment, clean the brush after each use so you don’t spread the odors around.
Clean Stinky Areas With Vinegar and Water
This technique will not only remove funky smells, but it has the benefit of leaving a fresh citric scent behind that many people find pleasant. Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle, shake well and then spray the carpet or upholstery. Let this sit for a little while and then blot it dry with paper towels. You can also use baking soda as an alternative, as long as you follow the same process of absorbing excess moisture and removing any residue left behind after the vinegar has dried.