Family, pets, and kids, along with yourself, contribute to all the bacteria and mess on your floors and carpets. Stains are bound to happen, but there are proper ways to get rid of those stains and get rid of most of the bacteria. First of all, you should use a non-toxic antibacterial solution, just like professional carpet cleaners use.
After you clean up after accidental messes or stains, there are still microorganisms that can’t be seen by the human eye. You should use a non-toxic antibacterial solution, and you can make a very effective one yourself at home. Get two cups of baking soda and mix it with one cup of vinegar in order to make a paste. Vinegar is an antimicrobial substance, and baking powder is, of course, a universal cleaner that can has a variety of uses, including deodorization. Before you use the mix, test it out on a small piece of your carpet first. Then, you can rub in the solution in a circular motion on the stained area with a clean white cloth. Let it sit for a couple of hours to do its magic. When the liquid has evaporated, you can vacuum the area.
Antimicrobial solutions are great at helping to get rid of mildew, urine, bacteria, sewage, contaminants, and water damage. If bacteria in your home aren’t cleaned up, it can severely affect your skin, allergies, and make you more susceptible to illnesses. You don’t even have to limit the antimicrobial solution to just your carpet, as you can use it anywhere in your home, such as your kitchen tile, upholsteries (check first to see if it won’t ruin it), couches, fabrics, etc.
If you have pets in your household running a muck around your furniture and carpet, then your carpet will eventually absorb their foul smells. It’s not just your pets though, it’s also your shoes, what you spill and anything else that constantly hits your carpet. Here are some friendly tips on how to make your carpet smell fresh and clean.
Vacuum and clean your carpets on a weekly basis. The less bacteria there is, the less your carpets will smell.
This one is easy: remember to place a mat (that works) on your front porch and a sign that says “wipe shoes first.” This will reduce the amount of crud being brought into the house.
Buy some carpet deodorizer or you can use something that already may be in your kitchen: baking soda. It’s simple, non-toxic and cheap!
Deodorizing with Baking Soda:
Pour the package of baking soda abundantly on the musty or smelly areas of your carpet. You should then even the coat on the carpet. Let the baking soda sit on the carpet overnight or longer; the longer it soaks in the better it works.
When the baking soda is all soaked in, it’s time to vacuum. Vacuum the excess baking soda until it’s all picked up. If you still smell the odor, then you can repeat the process.
This is the best way to clean your carpets and have them smell fresh. Baking soda is cheap, very efficient, and can be used for many different things around the home, so always keep some handy.
If there’s a flood or leak in your home you need to act quickly to try and repair or restore items that have been damaged by water. There will be things that are permanently damaged, but you should sift through what can be saved.
Your carpet is a big target for water leaks. Determine whether or not the water from the leak or flood is coming from sanitary water, which comes from pipes or rain, or if it’s unsanitary water that comes from toilets, underground or sewage. Black or murky water that floods onto your carpets means that you should get rid of the carpet, as well as the carpet padding. Water damage can bring up serious health hazards even if it’s sanitary water, because moisture allows mold and bacteria to thrive.
D.Y.I Process for drying water-damaged areas:
Move the furniture away from the water-damaged area.
Disinfect the area that has been damaged by water. Mix about 3 tablespoons of bleach with a gallon of water and scrub the cleaning solution to the wet areas.
Make sure the room is ventilated very well.
Switch out the carpet padding. Reach the carpet padding by using a box-cutter. Keep the surface carpet elevated when removing the padding underneath. Put the new carpet padding in, and lay the carpet back down starting form the inside and moving out towards the edges.
Adhere the carpet back down to the tack board with something strong.
Acquire heavy-duty fans to blow directly onto the carpet for about 30 hours minimum. Use a dehumidifier to speed up the drying process.
If the carpet doesn’t seem to be getting dryer after about 12 hours, you will probably need to replace the carpet completely.