How To Use Your Carpet Shampooer To More Effectively Remove Deep Odors From Your Carpet


Carpet can look beautiful in a home and feel plush under your feet, but its primary downfall is that over time, it tends to grab onto odors. Whether due to pet urine, walking across the carpet with dirty feet, or dropping bits of your dinner a few too many times, carpet odors can be tough to remove. Thankfully, you can use a home carpet shampooer to help you out. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Pre-treat the carpet with vinegar.

Vinegar is an excellent natural odor fighter. It will initially make your home smell like, well, vinegar – but once it is dry, all that will be left is a fresh scent. It's not always a good idea to send vinegar through your carpet cleaner, since it may eat away at some of the interior components. So, you'll pretreat your carpet with vinegar instead. Make a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray it liberally over the carpet, making more solution as needed. Let this mixture sit for about an hour before moving onto the next step.

Step 2: Shampoo your carpet.

Now, there are a few things you need to do to ensure your carpet cleaning efforts are effective at removing the odors.

  • Use hot water in the shampooer's water compartment. It should not be boiling, but it should be as hot as you can get it from the tap.
  • Choose a carpet shampoo for pet owners. Even if you don't have pets, this type of formula is better at removing odors.
  • Go over the entire carpet twice. The second time, set the machine to "suction only" mode as this will ensure more of the moisture (and the odors it carries with it) is sucked up.

Step 3: Remove lingering odors during the drying process.

Carpet shampooers always leave some moisture behind, and how you deal with this moisture will help determine how effective your odor-removing efforts are. You want to encourage quick drying by opening the windows, only putting furniture back once the carpet is completely dry, and turning on any ceiling fans. Once the carpet is almost dry, sprinkle it with baking soda. This will soak up any lingering moisture and odors. After about a day, vacuum up the baking soda.

If you follow these steps, you should be able to get rid of most odors with a home carpet shampooer. If odors remain, your best bet is likely to contact a professional carpet cleaning company.


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