Cleaner and fresh-smelling carpets make for cozier living spaces. But attaining that may require scrupulous maintenance and even costly and potentially destructive products.
The carpet freshening approaches we share below don’t kill the bees. They don’t blow big holes in budgets, and finally, they don’t destroy the fabric of your carpets. Feel free to steal a few for this weekend.
Maintain your carpet regularly
The best way to keep a carpet smelling nice and in good condition is to take care of it methodically. That means regular vacuuming plus the strategic use of basic homemade products to freshen it up.
Don’t stay long before you clean your carpets. When the pets pee on it, you must act fast and clean the spot, or else your home will stink.
Vacuum your carpets
A carpet needs dusting very often. It is a floor covering that receives all the daily dirt. We walk on it, spill liquids, and our animals leave hairs on it. To avoid making a mite nest, vacuum several times a week before.
You can install a broom suitable for carpets on your vacuum cleaner to brush it thoroughly. And to freshen up carpets in the blink of an eye, pour a few drops of vinegar of your choice directly on the bag of your vacuum cleaner. The scent of lavender, eucalyptus, or tea tree will spread over your carpet and throughout your room.
Fragrant soap and warm water
The first cleaning product for a carpet is soapy water. You can take a few drops of scented dishwashing soap and mix them with lukewarm water. Use a clean cloth or sponge and rub lightly. You can then wipe it with a wrung-out sponge and gently wipe it over again. Finally, with a microfiber towel, dry the carpet well by rubbing it in all directions.
Note. Do not spread too much water on your carpet. The fibers could get damaged.
Extraction injection machine – if feasible
As the vacuum cleaner cannot remove stains and dust from the carpet, it is necessary, once a year, after a thorough cleaning of the carpet, dusting, and cleaning the wool with a special machine: an injection extraction device.
An injection-extraction machine is a professional carpet cleaning device that works by spraying a non-foaming cleaner designed for use with the machine. Spread the cleaner over the carpet, then suck it back into the machine.
This technique, which cleans and sucks the product, ensures a deeper cleaning of your carpet’s synthetic or natural fibers.
Ammonia is a mighty awesome solution for getting rid of all types of odors, except pet pee. This is not just a methodology to freshen up carpets. It is a deep cleaning approach recommended for heavily soiled and heavily stained carpets.
The cleaning is done by rubbing the rug with a cloth soaked in lukewarm soapy water, added with a few drops of ammonia in all directions, insisting on the stains. It won’t just send the stains packing. It will also remove nasty stains in a matter of minutes.
Let the product penetrate a little, then wipe with a cloth dampened with lukewarm water. Dry the rug by rubbing it in all directions with a dry cloth or a terry cloth washcloth. Finish in the warm air of the blow dryer.
Please don’t use ammonia to remove the pet pee stick. Pee already contains ammonia, so it might make it worse.
Essential oils mixed with baking powder is a carpet-deodorizing solution on steroids. When you set out to clean stains on the carpet with baking powder, adding essential oils can help you neutralize pet pee odors as well.
Apply a good thickness of essential oils and baking soda mixture over the entire surface of the mat. Work the mixture onto the rug with the flat of your hand, leave it on for at least an hour, and then rub in all directions with a clean sponge.
Spices and herbs
Instead of essential oils, you can mix and mash baking powder with spices and herbs. Use fragrant spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves to get your carpet and entire home smelling like a beautiful garden in the summer.
Add baking soda or vinegar to the water in your steam cleaner for extra freshness
The steam cleaner is the ideal ally if you’ve set your eyes on natural carpet cleaning methods. The only other thing you need is water mixed with vinegar or baking soda.
However, sometimes you have to be careful about its use. Check that the colors of your carpet are fixed. Otherwise, the steam may dilute them.
Do not wet the carpet too much and please let it dry before stepping on it. Do not use water that is too hard.
Demineralized or just filtered water is preferable. Some very fragile carpets will not stand the steam cleaner. In this case, switch back to the simpler solution of soapy water.
Lemon juice-an all-time favorite
Lemon juice is excellent for removing foul odors from your carpet. Squeeze a lemon and dilute it with a bit of water before spraying it on your carpet. If your pet has decided to mark its territory, the lemon will remove all urine odors left over after cleaning. This will leave behind a fresh citrus scent.
Mr. Carpet wants some of your tea. Be generous, and you may never suffer foul odors in the house again. Tea has the same properties as lemon. Sprinkle a few steeped tea leaves on your smelly carpet. Let sit for an hour before vacuuming. All bad smells of food or tobacco will be vanquished.
Please take note not to use damp tea leaves on the carpet. This might cause staining. Dry them out fast. For better results, try flavored tea such as mint or lemon to leave a pleasant scent.
Sparkling water and baking soda
Baking soda is an excellent absorber of bad odors embedded in the fabric. First, vacuum your carpet to remove as much dust and dirt as possible.
Then generously sprinkle baking soda on the mat. Leave on for at least 5 hours (ideally a day). After this period has elapsed, vacuum up the baking soda residue.
Remove pet urine from carpet
If you have pets, your carpet may smell bad because the sneaky creatures peed on it. Do not panic! We have the solution to remove that foul odor without having to throw the carpet in the trash.
· In a container, mix hot water with one tablespoon of baking soda and a little lemon juice (for the wonderful smell).
· Pour the solution on the spot where the animal has urinated.
· Finally, let dry: the smell and traces will be gone.
Potatoes are a staple food in the modern world, but what to do with the peelings when done? Don’t trash them just yet. Potato is said to have robust odor-absorbing properties, and this may be what you need to freshen up carpets.
Just add a little baking soda to the exposed peels and place them strategically on the rug. The potato peels will suck up all the bad smells from the carper in just a few hours.
White vinegar is a natural household staple that works pleasant magic on carpets. But it is also a potent product that you should use with caution. White vinegar is to be used mainly against greasy stains.
Dilute vinegar and water in a bucket and soak a sponge with this mixture. Wring it out and press down on the carpet square by square, paying particular attention to the greasy spots.
You can then rinse with a damp cloth and dry with a washcloth. The result is guaranteed. Your carpet will smell lovely.
Unless it’s homemade, washing powder is generally less natural and economical than previous solutions. It does have the advantage of smelling good, however, which will help deodorize the carpet.
It can also be replaced by baby talc, which has the same deodorizing properties. Here, we will proceed with sodium bicarbonate: sprinkle, leave to act for several hours, and vacuum.
Use an air purifier with activated charcoal filters for even more freshness
Charcoal filter air purifiers are all the rage now and for a good reason – they purify and freshen the air at an unprecedented level of efficiency.
In essence, activated carbon filters comprise tiny pieces of carbon in powdered block or granular form. These small particles are made to be highly porous. They have massively expansive surface areas that empower them to absorb tons of CO2 and contaminants from the room.
Adsorption is the name of the process. Activated charcoal efficiently removes all organic compounds from the air since they chemically react with it and stick on the filter. Air purifiers with activated charcoal filters could save you a lot of time and resources when it comes to freshening your carpets.
The carbon filters can successfully eliminate unpleasant smells of all types, from mold spores to pet pee smells and tobacco smoke. These advanced types of air purifiers are a must-have for people who suffer from allergies.
There are certainly hundreds of ways to freshen up carpets. Use these tips to make your home a wonderful space to live in.