Dealing with an unpleasant smell can be very frustrating, especially if it's from an organic nature. The task of stain and odour removal becomes even more difficult if the issue isn't dealt with in a timely manner. Fortunately for you, we are here to provide with some awesome tips on how to deal with most organic carpet odours.
Disclaimer: Always perform a patch test on a hard-to-see area on your carpet. Some cleaning products and home remedies may have a bleaching effect on your carpet.
How to remove pet urine smell from the carpet?
If your cat or dog has just wee'd on the carpet, the first thing you'll need to do is soak up the excess urine. You can do that by placing a towel or a thick layer of kitchen rolls, and placing something heavy on top. You can also stand on top of the area yourself for a few minutes.
Next you have to blot the area with cold water and clean cloths or towels. Once most of the moisture is gone, sprinkle a fair amount of baking soda. It's essential to cover the whole area. You now simply have to wait for 24 hours before you vacuum the carpet.
If necessary, repeat the same process on the following day by sprinkling some more baking soda. And if you're unlucky enough to not notice the urine accident on time, start by rinsing the carpet directly.
How to remove pet poop smell from carpet?
You'll firstly need to deal with the solid matter, you can do that using protective gloves and baby wipes. Try to pinch the carpet fibres in order to remove as much of the poop as possible. Now, you'll have to prepare your stain remover, for which you need the following ingredients:
- 2 cups of cold water
- 1 tablespoon of non-bleach fairy liquid
- 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
Once you mix the above into a spray bottle, spray the solution onto the stain and let it sit for 10 minutes or so. Then, start blotting the area as many times as necessary and spray the solution occasionally. And please, do not rub or scrub as that can make the stain spread even further.
Now rinse the carpet with some more cold water and paper towels. In terms of odour removal, we would again advise you to sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda. This time, however, pour a few drops of essential oil as well.
Our favourite ones are citrus oil, orange and peppermint. In a couple of hours, hoover the mess up and ventilate until the smell is gone.
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How to remove protein shake smell from carpet?
If you've just spilled a protein shake on your carpet at home, the first thing you'll need to do is scoop off the excess. You can do that with a scraper or if it's too liquidy, use paper towels to absorb it. In terms of the product needed to deal with the stain and smell, your best shot is an enzyme based carpet cleaner. These products break down the protein, which are the cause of unpleasant odours in organic odours.
Spray the product onto the stain and start blotting it with clean cloths. After a few go-overs, rinse the carpet with cold water and some more towels, and let the carpet air dry.
How to remove mouldy carpet smell?
If your carpets has become mouldy, the first thing you'll need to do is establish the reason for the mould to appear. The most common reasons for that are:
- ceiling leak
- basement flood
- a plumbing problem
- high humidity in the room
- improper carpet cleaning job
Assuming it's not too late to take measurements, you'll need the follow the below cleaning method in order to deal with the issue.
Mix one cup of white vinegar with two cups of warm water and spray the carpet, but do not overdo it. Then, cover the carpet with our favourite universal odour remover - baking soda. As it's an eco-friendly product, you shouldn't worry about any potential harm to yourself or your family.
Leave the ingredients dry for a few hours or overnight and vacuum them up afterwards. Then, make sure to ventilate or have an a/c running in the room for a few hours, and the smell should be gone.
If the above tips do not work for your specific smell problem, you can always get in touch with a local carpet cleaning company. They work with commercial cleaning products and industrial machines suited for all types of carpet issues. More often than not, calling in experts takes less time and costs less than dealing with the issue yourself.
How to prevent unpleasant carpet odours?
By keeping your property well-ventilated, the chances of bad odours to settle in the carpet fibres will be significantly lower. This is easily achieved by leaving windows and doors open. During warmer seasons, we recommend leaving your windows slightly open before going out and about your day. By doing that, there would be no stale smell inside when you come back.
Having indoor plants is another great way of keeping your home smelling fresh. Apart from purifying the air, plants have also been observed to remove chemical toxins. They also create a cosy and homely atmosphere, and give you a thing to care for.
The last and final advice we could give you is to professionally clean your carpet regularly. Steam extraction cleaning services deal with allergens such as pet dander and dust, which not only smell but are a health hazard. It's also the best service for stain removal and disinfection. The last somewhat unknown benefit of professional carpet cleaning is the extension of the service life of the carpet!