Carpets are always great choices for accessories to give your home a sophisticated look. Aside from their beauty, carpets are soft, absorbent, and look comfortable. Throughout their lifespans, they are subjected to frequent wear and tear due to frequent use by adults, children, and even pets,
Thus, it doesn’t come as a surprise that carpets become stained and odor-filled over time. When left unchecked, your odor-filled carpets may turn off your visitors, and well, we don’t want that happening, do we?
The most common reason your carpet becomes odor-filled is your pet’s urine or mildew. So, in today’s article, we will share with you some practical tips on how to get rid of the odors caused by these two.
Getting Rid Of (Pet) Urine
Pets are adorable, but they sometimes cause some problems, especially when they’re pups and kittens. They could pee anywhere and everywhere— even your carpet is not an exception. Fortunately, you can prevent the odor from their urine from seeping into your carpets by following these simple steps:
First, soak up the urine as best you can with a dry towel, and you better hurry up because if you don’t, it will make it harder to remove its pungent scent. Second, mix 2 cups of warm water, 2 cups of white vinegar, and (slowly add) 4 tablespoons of baking soda. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and apply to the stained area. Let the mixture sit for five minutes. Then, blot dry with a soft cloth, and that’s it.
Getting Rid Of Mildew Odor
Mildew is one of a homemaker’s worst problems. When left unchecked, it may cause your household respiratory problems.
Mildews often exist when water seeps into your carpet, so if you’ve got water on your carpet, soak it up with an air humidifier or dry it by pointing several fans in its direction.
Once the area is dry, combine 2 cups of warm water with 1 cup of white vinegar and lightly spray the carpet. The vinegar’s acidity will dislodge the odor-causing compounds and exterminate them. It’s important to note that you have to make sure the area is dry before spraying the vinegar solution. Otherwise, you will just cause another mildew problem.
Will the vinegar leave any pungent scent later on? Fortunately, no. When the carpet dries, the vinegar scent will disappear, leaving you with nothing but freshness.
Best Powders To Help You Get Rid of Pet Urine and Mildew
In our experience, you can make your own powder mix to remove unwanted odors plaguing your carpet, but if you don’t have time for that, you can try using Glade’s Carpet and Room Refresher. This is designed for use on dry carpets.
To use this product, just sprinkle the area (make sure that it’s dry first) with the carpet and room refresher. Leave the powder on for a few minutes, and then vacuum again to remove excess. Some of the powder will work its way deep into the carpet fibers for long-lasting odor neutralizing.
Arm & Hammer’s Pet Fresh Carpet Odor Eliminator is also a great product for digging deep into a carpet’s new and old smells and removing them while leaving a fresh linen scent behind. The product contains baking soda and OxiClean dirt fighters that lifts dirt and pet hair from thin and thick carpeting to help vacuums pick up more per stroke.
Pet urine, mildew, and other unwanted odors may seem like an emergency but don’t fret! With a little ingenuity and some hard work, you can eliminate them in no time. Now, if you don’t want to stress over cleaning your carpets by yourself, the team from Genesis Carpet Cleaning will be more than happy to lend a hand. Visit their website here and check out how they can help.