Nobody likes to be greeted by a horrendous odor upon entering their own front door. But whether you have pets, food odors have permeated the home, you’re dealing with mold and mildew, the place you bought was previously inhabited by smokers, or all of the above, you could be facing a problem whereby foul scents have worked their way into your carpeting and upholstery. Or perhaps you got some furniture second-hand and you want to remove that chemical cleaning smell that comes with anything you purchase from a thrift store. Luckily, you’re not the first person to experience this problem, and there are all kinds of solutions you can try.
- Identify the source. The place to start is by identifying the source of the smell, since different types of odors may require different tactics. For example, there are special cleansers designed specifically to combat pet odors, which can linger if you don’t use the right ingredients. And if the smell lingers, pets may continue sully the same areas, perpetuating the odor. So it’s important to pinpoint the cause of the odor in order to ensure that you use the right treatment.
- Try natural remedies. Getting rid of odors in textiles is no easy feat. But there are some natural options you can start with, including items commonly found in the home. Baking soda and vinegar, for example, both feature deodorizing properties. Any time you have wetness that leads to odors, baking soda can not only help to dry out excess moisture, but it can also suck up the particles that cause odors to linger. All you have to do is sprinkle it on problem areas, let it set, and then vacuum up any excess powder. And by spritzing a solution of equal parts vinegar and water on upholstery and carpet, you can also clean, deodorize, and even kill bacteria on surfaces. You just have to be careful not to drench surfaces.
- Chemical deodorizers. Whether you prefer the bacteria-killing power of Lysol or the fresh scent of Febreze, chemical deodorizers can help to rid your home of unwanted odors. Unfortunately, they may only mask odors temporarily, or the chemical scent may be even worse than the smell you’re trying to cover. So you might want to test them in small doses before you commit to dousing your entire couch or carpet.
- Steam cleaning. There are few better ways to remove odors from plush surfaces than through steam cleaning. Not only will the heated water and shampoo permeate textiles in order to loosen the molecules causing odors, but the powerful suction of the vacuum will extract them and whisk them away. For a relatively inexpensive rental fee, you could clean and deodorize every plush surface in your home.
- Professional help. It’s not always easy to clean your carpet and remove upholstery odors. So if all else fails, consider calling in a professional service like Stanley Steamer or ServiceKnights. With experience and know-how, qualified technicians should be able to remove any lingering odors that you can’t seem to treat on your own.