Every household owner should know about proper carpet cleaning strategies in order to preserve the beauty of their carpets and extend its lifespan. Carpets are not cheap investments; thus, homeowners are doing everything they can to properly take care of their carpets either by learning how to properly clean them or hiring professionals such as Steam Plus Carpet Cleaning for a more thorough cleaning job.
Aside from stains, however, carpets also acquire different kinds of smells from its surroundings. Three of the most common odors that carpets can acquire are smoke, mold odor and pet odor. Below are easy to follow carpet cleaning Myrtle Beach steps to help you remove these bad odors and effectively deodorize your carpets and rooms.
Removing smoke odor
Smoke may come from household members or guests who frequently smoke cigars or cigarettes inside the house. You can remove this bad odor with the use of baking soda and vinegar. Here are the necessary steps.
1. Sprinkle baking soda all around the carpet, particularly focusing on areas where the smell of smoke is strongest. The baking soda will soak up the bad smell of smoke from your carpet. Leave it there overnight or longer if the smell is really strong.
2. After such time, you can quickly and easily remove the baking soda from your carpet by using your vacuum. Depending on the amount of baking soda you used, you may need to empty the bag or canister of your vacuum as you use it. Keep in mind that you will be repeatedly running your vacuum over your carpet until you have removed all the baking soda.
3. Use a steam cleaner, fill it with white vinegar and run it over your carpet. The white vinegar will clean and deodorize the carpet by killing the odor causing bacteria. If you do not own a steam cleaner, you can rent one from your local hardware store or supermarket.
4. Once the carpet is clean, you have to open the windows or place fans in the room to dry the carpet.
Removing mold odor
The key to removing mold odor is effective drying of the carpet. Thus, this will only be possible if you can remove the carpet. If your carpet is secured, you may need professional assistance in removing them, which means you have to hire a carpet cleaning service.
Once the carpet is removed, you will want to ensure there are no liquids in the carpet by running a wet and dry vacuum on it. This will allow you to suck up excess liquids in the carpet. In addition to this, another important part of the cleaning process is the use of baking soda and white vinegar. Combine 1/2 cup of baking soda with 2 cups of water and 2 cups of distilled white vinegar in a container. Mix the solution well and apply it to the carpet using a soft brush or sponge. Remember, though, that you are not to soak the carpet entirely. It will be difficult to dry if you do so.
Use your wet and dry vacuum again to remove excess liquid from the solution after you have applied it on all the surface of the carpet. If you were not able to remove the carpet because it is tightly secured, you will have to dry your carpet indoors. Open the windows and place fans inside the room to help dry your carpet faster. If you were able to remove the carpet, hang it outdoors and allow the sun to dry the carpet.