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If you have carpet, you know that for all its comfort under your feet, it can get pretty smelly. Carpet can make your home feel warm and inviting, but the smells that come from it might have your family and friends wanting to go somewhere else. It may have you wondering how to deep clean carpet to freshen it up.

Carpet odor can be pervasive and extremely difficult to get rid of once sets in. If you have tried several at-home remedies that haven’t worked, you might be getting desperate. Understanding a little more about carpet and odors, and how carpet odor removal works will help you tackle that smell.

At Bee Maids, we know how to deep clean. While we do not do carpet odor removal, we do have some tips for how you can do it yourself. If you want some help deep cleaning the rest of your house and keeping it clean, give us a call today.

Surface Odors vs. Deep Odors

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Carpet odors set in and hold on hard. The good news is you can get rid of odors. The bad news is it might take a good bit of work. The first thing you need to decide is if they are surface odors or deep odors.

A surface odor is like it sounds, surface level. These are smells from things that have fallen on the carpet. Whether it be food spills, mud, or anything else, the smell is generally coming from the stain and the top of the carpet.

Deep odors, on the other hand, are a different story. These odors are much more significant. The spill or whatever caused the odor has sunk into the padding beneath the carpet. No amount of topical cleaning will get rid of these smells. If you see a stain, treat that first. If you have thoroughly cleaned the stain, but the odor lingers, the smell is deep and in the padding.

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Whatever method you use, be prepared to repeat it several times if needed. Sometimes a single cleaning won’t completely remove the smell. Also, fresh air will be your best friend. If you are able, open some windows or a door near the stain and let some clean air freshen the room.

Carpet Odor Removal Methods

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Baking Soda and Vinegar

The best place to start in odor removal is with baking soda and white vinegar. This method works best on surface level stains. You might not know right away how deep the odor goes. You probably have all the supplies you need at home already. Baking soda is very effective at eliminating odors; it’s why we leave a box in the fridge.

What you need:

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Soft cloths or rags
  • Clean broom
  • Dustpan
  • Vacuum

To remove the odor, sprinkle the stain with baking soda, use a liberal amount. You can use the broom, or any brush-like item, to help the baking soda penetrate the carpet to absorb more of the odor. Then, sprinkle more baking soda on the top of the carpet. More is best here; thin layers will not be sufficient.

Allow the solution to sit overnight at least. Longer is even better. Do not start this right before having company over. Cover the area with a sheet or blanket to allow the baking soda to work undisturbed.

After letting it work for a day or two, sweep the baking soda with a stiff broom. Then, vacuum the rest of the baking soda. This process can be repeated multiple times as baking soda is not harmful to your carpet.

After you have vacuumed, you can spray a mixture of white vinegar and water in a 1:1 ratio. Allow the solution to sit for at least 15 minutes. Blot the carpet with a clean cloth. Rinse the area by spraying clean water, then absorb any remaining moisture with another clean towel. Vinegar works because it is acidic and the acid kills the bacteria that cause odor in the carpet.

Cleaning Solution

If the odor is way down in the carpet, you might need something with a little more kick to get the job done. A solution designed and formulated to remove odors is probably your best bet.

What you will need:

  • Either
    • A cleaning solution with an enzyme digester, like Nature’s Miracle or Kids ‘N’ Pets
    • Isopropyl alcohol
  • A towel
  • A fan

Before you treat the odor, make sure your chosen cleaning solution or the alcohol doesn’t affect your carpet. Test for colorfastness in a hidden area. Wait for the test to dry before moving on completely.

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After you locate the odor, pour a decent amount of cleaning solution or alcohol into the carpet. You should use at least as much solution as the agent that caused the stain. You will want the cleaning liquid to get as deep and spread as far as what caused the odor.

Wait at least fifteen minutes. After the solution has had a chance to thoroughly soak through to the padding, use clean towels to soak up as much of it as you can. Place a fan so air is blowing directly onto the wet spot.

Call Bee Maids

Now that you know how to deep clean your carpet and a little about carpet odor removal, you are ready to tackle those annoying odors in your home. If you want help taking care of the rest of your house, give Bee Maids a call.

Serving Katy, TX and surrounding areas, Bee Maids wants to help make your life easier by doing the tasks you don’t have time for and the jobs you don’t want to do. We are family-owned and operated, and we have a professional staff that takes great pride in their work.

Our clients love how clean their houses are after each appointment, and they appreciate that our cleaning experts go above and beyond to ensure everything is taken care of in the home. You can trust that we will get the job done quickly and thoroughly, leaving you with a clean house.

Check us out online for a free quote. We will work with you to create a plan to clean what you want, how often you need, at a price that fits your budget. Call Bee Maids today.