3 natural ways to freshen up a stinky carpet

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Having carpets in your home can be a great way to warm up the space and add extra cushioning underfoot. Carpets are also great in apartments for sound absorption and to have some padding to soften the sounds of footsteps to the people living in lower units. Another reason people love carpets is because they are an affordable flooring choice. They can be cheaper per square foot than hardwood flooring, and they look better than linoleum floors. If you have hardwood, vinyl, linoleum, or concrete flooring in your home, it's also nice to purchase area rugs to provide some decor and comfort to your home. Having warm area rugs will especially be important if you have a cold winter. The only thing about carpets and rugs is that they can get pretty dirty and they can harbour a lot of germs and odours. If you have area rugs, you might take them to a carpet cleaning service, and if you have wall to wall carpeting, you might hire professional a carpet cleaning service to come and clean them for you. You can also easily clean your carpets with a carpet cleaning machine you rent or buy which will make it more affordable. But what if the odours come back in between cleanings?

These cleaning tips from Cleaning Ideas are aimed at keeping our carpets smelling great even in between cleanings. If you have pets in your home, you might want to do these cleaning tips more often, but you can do them once a month or more if you need to. You obviously want to try and take care of the source of the odour, so if you find something has spilt, make sure you clean it up properly right away, so it doesn't stink. Baking soda removes odours really well, and it's an all-natural solution too, so you don't have to worry about bringing chemicals into your home. All you need to do is sprinkle some baking soda on the carpet and then use a brush work it deep into the fibres and evenly across the entire carpet. Leave the baking soda on your carpet overnight then, the following day, use your vacuum cleaner to vacuum up all of the baking soda, and you'll notice that the scent has vanished. White vinegar also works in the same way to deodorize your carpets. In a spray bottle, make a solution of 2 cups of water and 1 and a quarter cup of vinegar. Shake the bottle to mix well and then spray the solution on the carpet. Try not to walk on the carpet for at least half the day and make sure you open the windows. Once the vinegar has completely dried, run the vacuum cleaner over it.

Borax also works really well to get rid of strong odours even mould. Borax is actually a great disinfectant and anti-fungal which makes it great for killing mould and the odour that goes along with it. If the mould is on an area rug that you can lift up, take it outside and sprinkle borax all over it and then let it sit in the direct sunlight for a few hours. This will kill the mould and the spores so they won't return. Then, vacuum the carpet to pick up all of the powder and leave it in the sun for another day if you can. You can then spray some natural air freshener made with essential oils on the carpet to give it a nice scent. Try these cleaning tips to get your carpets smelling and looking great once again.***

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