Clean It- Don’t Cover It

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Odors. They are everywhere. When pleasant, we might call them “scents.” When not-so-pleasant, we might call them malodors.

Odors are caused by a variety of sources. Some odors are pleasant, welcoming, such as from a fresh-cut batch of flowers or a nice, home-cooked meal. Others are not pleasant, “malodorous,” such as from an unattended cat litter box or rotting garbage left too long in a trash bin.

And when something is malodorous, you must do something about it. Sometimes, the urge is to just cover it up. That can be a very bad idea as odors just keep getting worse and worse and you eventually have a difficult situation to deal with.

You want your home to be neat, clean, and odor-free, except for odors (scents) that you introduce because they are pleasant and welcoming, such as air fresheners, perfumes, scented candles, etc. A rule of thumb is this: When it is clean and dry, there should be no odor.

Your carpet, furniture and other absorbent materials in your home, over time, become soiled and often collect odors. Normal “dusty” odors are part of life between cleaning, and routine chores keep them manageable. Yet odors from urine, feces, body perspiration, and other sources are offensive and must be removed.

There are three principles to follow when it comes to keeping your home clean and odor-free.

Remove the Source

When something is deposited, spilled, or has come into contact with a surface, the first step is to remove contamination. This means scraping, rinsing or otherwise removing any odor-causing sources. The sooner you do this, the easier the job will be. An example would be blotting and removing a fresh pet “accident”, as odors will quickly become worse over time.

Clean Affected Areas

Once the source is removed, there is still some contamination on the surface. A thorough cleaning is important to remove any residual matter that can cause odors. Using hot water is best, if the surface can handle higher temperatures. Some furniture fabrics are heat sensitive, for example.

Deodorize and Disinfect

Now it’s time to use odor-removing products, such as an approved deodorizer and/or disinfectant. This should be the final step in odor removal. Follow manufacturer directions exactly, as using too little or too much product can be counter-productive.

And never forget, Diablo Carpet and Floor Restoration know how to clean and tackle tough odors. Let us do the dirty work. It pays to call a pro!

My Pet Peed On The Carpet, What Do I Do?

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It can happen in an instant, but once it does, it’s too late. Your pet has had an accident on the carpet or the tiles, and now you have to act fast to clean it up. Unlike a food or drink stain, the smell of urine on your carpet is difficult to mask with air fresheners.

It can be frustrating to call a professional every time your pet pees on the carpet, especially if they do it often.  There are many DIY strategies you can try at home before calling a professional.

Today we’ll go through the cleaning process step-by-step.

If You’re Nearby During The Accident, Take Action Immediately

Use a clean white cloth to clean up the excess, using a blotting motion. Move the cloth to a fresh area regularly and perhaps switch to a paper towel for the final stages. Blot up as much as you can, and as quickly as you can, to prevent downward absorption. It can help to stand or place a heavy object on the towel to apply pressure and lift more liquid.

If you’ve collected the excess and the stain remains or if the stain is older, you’ll need to take additional steps to lift the stain and smell from your flooring.

Use Baking Soda And Vinegar

There are a few ways to use these ingredients to lift stains and odors from your floors.

For carpets, baking soda can be a natural odor lifting treatment. After the excess liquid has been soaked up, you can sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the stain. Allow the powder to absorb for up to a few hours to overnight. Thoroughly vacuum the baking soda to remove the powder and lift odors away.

For hard floors and tiles, you can use a diluted solution of white vinegar and water to naturally clean and remove odors.

We recommend combining the ingredients in a spray bottle or using a mop or cloth to gently clean to affected area.

Invest In A Pet Stain Remover

While pricier than home-made products, a commercial pet stain remover can be a handy go-to when accidents happen. Pet stain and odor removers are sold nearly everywhere and typically come with their own instructions.

Some clients have complained about “strong citrus smells” or otherwise, claiming that the liquid solution is too perfumed. Thankfully, there are a few odorless options sold online and in department stores.

Create A Pet Accident Emergency Kit

If your pet is still being trained and accidents are a regular occurrence, it might be worthwhile to put together a pet accident emergency kit to help you quickly take action in the future. Include clean white cloth for blotting, and your home preferred stain removal solution or a commercial pet stain remover.

Call A Professional

If these solutions don’t work out quite the way you’d hoped, call a professional. Effective pet accident removal is essential to prevent problems occurring again and again. Even the slightest remaining odor can encourage pets to use the same place again. Diablo Carpet offers effective and professional stain and odor removal services to help your pets learn the right place to go to the bathroom while keeping your carpets fresh and clean.