Carpet Odors Control

How to get rid of carpet odors

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Odor control is increasingly becoming a service requested more and more by carpet cleaning clients.

There has been a dramatic and steady increase of pet ownership in the U.S.

I would estimate that about 60% of my clients have at least one pet and 30% have multiple pets.

Most of these animals are left to run the home all day unattended, owners hopping the doggie door and litter box gets used.

Even the most trusted pet will become ill or lose control, as luck would have it all over your brand new carpet.

So pet accidents and odor control has become a major part of our business.

Combating pet and carpet odors

One simple do-it-yourself way to combat pet odors will include purchasing..

  • a wet-vac
  • a black (UV) or ultra violet light
  • and a gallon of white vinegar

The fluorescent light is an effective way to find pee spots which will glow in a darkened room.

Then with a mixture of 1/3 vinegar 2/3 water, saturate the located urine spots, suck up the mixture with the wet-vac. Repeat this process until area passes the smell test. Use a dry white towel to blot dry.

Carpet odors and stain removal

Another basic do-it-yourself method for odor and stain removal will require four simple basic ingredients

  • baking soda
  • white vinegar
  • liquid dish soap
  • and 3% hydrogen peroxide

The first step is to make a 50-50 mixture of white vinegar and cold water. Pour this solution around the pet stain, making sure to soak it thoroughly.

Next, use a wet-vac to suck up or a clean white towel to blot up the solution. Once the area has dried sprinkle baking soda over the spot. Mix 4 oz. or 1/2 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide along with a teaspoon of dish detergent.

With rubber gloves, slowly pour this new solution over the problem area and slowly work the mixture into the stain. Once the area has dried vacuum up any dried material. If the stain is not fully removed, repeat the process again.

Why use vinegar?

Vinegar is a natural eco-friendly acidic odor remedy. Vinegar is a product of fermented grains, wine or apple cider, it can have a ph of 2.4 to 3.4 which makes it an acid.

Vinegar has bacteria that converts ethanol or alcohol (fermented grain,etc) to acetic acid. White vinegar purchased at the grocery store is 5% acidic acid. Acetic acid can kill germs and microorganisms.

Vinegar combined with hydrogen peroxide or salt is very effective in killing mold and ecoli bacteria.

Learn more about cleaning your carpet with vinegar here

Professional Carpet Odors Solutions

As a carpet cleaning professional I eliminate pollutant problems such as cigarette smoke, mildew, vomit, feces, urine, sewage, and mold using three-forms of industrial strength topical treatments.

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Each one of these three odor control products has its own unique formulations for specific contaminated situations.

Here are the best odor eliminators I use, antimicrobial, bio-enzyme and germicidal.

    Bio-enzyme, this products uses bacteria enzymes to digest organic stains like sugar, urine, vomit and mold these products continue to work eliminating odor all through the drying process.

    Antimicrobial kills allergy and disease causing germs, bacteria, fungi, mold and mildew. It can also kill insects such as lice, bedbugs, beetles and flees.

    Germicidal is effective as a disinfectant, deodorizer, fungicide, also kills bacteria and viruses

Carpet ordors removal process

Instead of a wet-vac we use extraction tool called the Water Claw. This is used in conjunction with the above products allowing to completely flush out the chemical or biological mixture from the carpet and pad.

In some extreme cases, no topical solution will be effective in removing an odor. In these cases furniture must be moved out of the room, carpet pulled back exposing the pad.

If pad is heavily stained it must be replaced.

If flooring has been saturated (especially cat urine) it may need to be sealed with a product like Kiltz.

The backing of the carpet should now be cleaned along with the carpet rolled back and attached to tack strips. Then clean the carpet.

If carpet has been totally saturated by pets urine, vomit and feces, all carpet, pad and tack strips may need to be replaced.

In some cases replacing the whole thing just makes more efficient economical sense.

Well trained technicians can advise you to either replace or try and save your carpets.

Smelly carpet means an unhealthy home

Since carpets act like a filter to the air flow of your home, untreated pet accident odors get recycled throughout the house. A malodor smell is an indicator of pathogens, bacteria, and other decaying organic material are within the carpet.

Pet contamination can contribute to allergies and a assortment of environmental illnesses.

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