As carpet owners, we want our home’s carpeting to look and smell clean. Nobody wants to invite friends and family to a home that has a dirty, smelly carpet. Fortunately, cleaning and deodorizing your carpeting is much easier than you might think, but you must have the right information.
The best way to ensure your carpet lasts for a long time is to vacuum it regularly. You should be vacuuming your home at least three to four times every week. That might seem a bit excessive, but it’s not – if you actually care about how your carpet looks and smells. The overall quality of your vacuum makes a huge difference in how well it’s able to clean your carpet.
To remove dirt that is embedded deep into your carpet, it’s best to use an upright vacuum. However, a vacuum that has a big canister and beater-bar can also give your carpet a deep cleaning. To remove sand, dirt and all other debris from your carpeting, your vacuum needs to have a powerful motor because it’s the motor that creates the suction needed to clean deep.
You need to regularly check your vacuum suction port, the part that actually brushes the carpet and cleans it, to make sure it doesn’t have any blockages. Unfortunately, blockages can rob your vacuum of the powerful suction needed to clean deep.
Place Welcome Mats
Regular vacuuming is definitely crucial, but you should also buy welcome mats and place them at your home’s entry points.
The welcome mats should always be placed on the outside of the door, and rugs should be placed on the inside of your home because they’re great for snatching up debris that do not get picked up by the outside mat.
Sadly, most homeowners who have carpeting don’t take off their shoes when they enter the home. When it comes to keeping your carpet clean and smelling fresh, it’s very important to avoid wearing shoes in the home.
If you’re trying to keep your carpet looking and smelling fresh, you should avoid scrubbing stains. If someone spills some grape juice or something similar on the carpet, always blot the stain to clean it – don’t scrub it because you will cause the stain to set in.
How to Deodorize Your Carpet
If you’re like any normal person, then you want your carpet to smell fresh. There aren’t too many things on this Earth that are as unattractive as a smelly carpet. Whether it’s old cat or dog urine that has set in over the years or countless stains caused by your children, your carpet could use some help.
One of the best ways to deodorize your carpet is baking soda. It’s natural, and it by golly, it works! First, you need to remove dirt from your carpet. You don’t want to leave loose fibers and dirt in your carpeting. Once you’ve removed all of the dirt, you need to sprinkle baking soda all over the carpet.
Don’t be afraid to use a lot and allow it to sit on the carpet for several hours. It might be a good idea to sprinkle it onto the carpet before work because that will give it several hours to settle in. When it comes to neutralizing odors, baking soda is almost magical.
Unlike many products, baking soda actually absorbs odors rather than masking them. The more time you give the baking soda to absorb the odors the better it works. Once you’ve allowed the baking soda to sit for several hours, all that is left to do is vacuum it out of the carpet.
It will take all of the foul odors with it. Since baking soda doesn’t have any chemicals in it, you won’t have to worry about your carpeting and home smelling like chemicals.