It is always nice to have carpeting in the bedroom or living room, but after a bit of time, you may notice that it gets not only dirty, but stinky too. Impacts such as pets sleeping on it, food and liquid spills can cause sour, musty odors. With these ‘how to keep carpet smelling fresh’ tips you will learn to maintain a clean and comfortable environment in your home.
Frequent vacuuming is one of the easiest ways to keep your carpets smelling wonderful since it removes dirt as well as bacteria that can cause odors. Carpets and rugs should be vacuumed at least weekly to remove particles from between the fibers. These otherwise would break and get underneath the carpet creating a breeding ground for dust mites and causing allergic symptoms for those who are sensitive to them.
For the best results, choose a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner that has the highest standard for filtration by removing 99.97% of dust particles. If you have dogs or cats, also check if it has a strong bristle beater brush to effectively remove pet hair.
Deodorize with baking soda
You can keep your carpet clean and fresh using ingredients or simple items from around your home. Baking soda is a natural carpet odor remover powder; it can be used safely all around the house to eliminate bad smells. Moreover, it is inexpensive and easy to vacuum up.
If your carpet smells like stinky feet or you need musty smell out of your carpet, you can use straight baking soda on it to remove the odors. Just spread the powder all the affected area, allow it to sit for at least 10 minutes then vacuum thoroughly.
Using this method to refresh your carpeting also removes pet odors and eliminates smells that might sneak into your bedroom from other areas of your home, such as the bathroom or from the kitchen.
Use essential oils
To freshen your carpet and improve your bedroom’s air quality, essential oils work the best! If you have kids or pets and don’t want to use store-bought carpet deodorizers that may contain chemicals, essential oils provide a very effective and powerful solution to combat odors.
Make a mixture of a few drops of your favorite essential oil and one cup of baking soda and sprinkle it on the carpeting. Let this mixture sit on the fabric for about 10 minutes and then vacuum. This method will help get rid of sour odors and leave the carpet smelling very fresh. Use lavender oil for a better night of sleep!
Remove smells with vinegar
If you want to freshen up a smelly carpet and remove light stains at the same time, a DIY carpet freshener spray is the solution. Vinegar has been used for centuries as an eco and pet-friendly natural cleaning solution and homemade odor remover thanks to its highly acidic nature; it neutralizes the bacteria that create those unwanted smells in your home.
Mix three tablespoons of white vinegar with some warm water and spray on the area that has the odor and/or the stain. Blot area with a paper towel or clean cloth and allow to dry. It is not necessary to vacuum afterward. The sour vinegar smell will dissipate as the mixture dries and will leave the carpet clean and fresh smelling.
Create a baking soda vinegar mixture for heavy-duty smells
If you need to deal with strong odors such as pet urine or food spill, deodorize your carpet with baking soda and vinegar mixture. These two fantastic ingredients work so well separately, but for pungent smells, their fizzing carpet freshener solution is what you need.
When vinegar and baking soda are mixed together, their reaction creates carbon dioxide gas. The bubbles and foam will loosen dirt and stains as well as naturally neutralize odors in carpets and rugs. Just mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with vinegar to make a paste. Rub this mixture into the stain or stinky area, allow it to dry, then vacuum. It will take care of any mess without using harsh chemicals!
Refresh old carpets with peroxide mixture
Old carpeting looks ugly and cause bad smell in the bedroom, but you don’t necessarily need to get an expensive new carpet; try to get it looking great with hydrogen peroxide that will not only help eliminate odors, but also remove stains and brings the fluffiness back to it.
- 3% hydrogen peroxide
- great for removing stubborn odors and stains on surfaces throughout your house
- first aid to help prevent risk of infection from minor cuts, scrapes and burns
In a spray bottle, mix half a bottle of peroxide, a few drops of dish soap, and fill the rest of the spray bottle with water. Spray the mixture on the rug and allow the peroxide to work its magic. If you have a very stinky spot or deep stain (this solution is especially effective on bloodstains), you may have to apply twice.
Once the area dries, run a vacuum over it to remove any of the loosened debris. The peroxide will bring the “bounce” back to your carpeting as well as leave it clean and smelling nice. On dark colored rugs, you will want to do a spot test first on an area that is covered by furniture.
Make lemon carpet freshener spray
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to make your carpet smell good naturally is to create a lemon spray. People have been turning to this fragrant citrus fruit for centuries for its cleansing and refreshing properties.
Mix some freshly squeezed pure lemon juice with water into a spray bottle and spray your carpeting after you have vacuumed. Allow the carpet to dry completely before using it again. This simple trick will not only refresh your carpet but bring a fresh pleasant feel to your home.
Get a dehumidifier
If your carpet smells musty, it may be damp because of excess humidity in your bedroom. Such problems need immediate attention since high humidity can damage wood, paint and promote the growth of mold on rugs, carpets, mattresses and soft furnishing that may cause health issues such as allergies and asthma.
Climate and temperatures have a direct effect on humidity. Obviously, you cannot change such conditions but can control the moisture level in your home using a dehumidifier.
- high-efficiency dehumidifier equipped with a 2000ml water tank, quickly and effectively remove up to 1000ml of moisture from air per day
- lightweight and portable, you can easily put it to any place wherever you want to
- quiet operation, it produces less than 40dB of noise
A dehumidifier draws out the extra moisture from the air but also from the rugs, curtains, bedding and sofa. Keeping your room dry, it will improve the air quality by preventing mold growth.
Author’s Tip: Dehumidifiers do not clean the air, they just help control the humidity levels. If there is no excess moisture in your bedroom but the air is stagnant, you might need to get an air purifier that will provide you with cleaner air by removing bad smells and filtering pollutants, allergens and bacteria.
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