An indoor-outdoor carpet is a convenient household item. It can be used both indoors and outdoors as the situation demands. It is especially useful in homes with a patio. Since a dual use carpet is subjected to frequent usage, it requires regular cleaning. This will ensure that it is clean and odor free. Body odors, pets, food droppings, cigarettes and damp conditions can give rise to odors. Below are 6 tips on how to keep yours odor free.
It is best to vacuum your dual use carpet at least once a week. If it is used more frequently, you’ll need to vacuum it twice a week. This will keep it clean and prevent build-up of dust and dirt. A clean carpet is less likely to give odors than a dirty one.
It is a good idea to steam clean your indoor-outdoor carpet a couple of times a year. This will reinforce your regular cleaning action. Steam cleaning is a thorough and effective way of making sure that all trapped dirt and debris are completely removed from the carpet. It will leave your carpet smelling extremely clean and fresh.
Clean Food Spills
It is a good practice to rid the carpet of spilled food and drink immediately. This goes a long way in keeping odors at bay. You’ll need to expend more effort if you wait longer before you clean spilled food. A delay in cleaning also encourages stains and odors to develop.
Use Carpet Fresheners
This goes a long way in keeping odors at bay. It is best to apply some carpet freshener after you’ve vacuumed and cleaned the carpet thoroughly. Alternatively, you can sprinkle some baking soda or fine ground coffee onto the entire carpet. It works effectively to neutralize odors. This should be done before vacuuming. It also keeps the carpet smelling fresh for longer. Leave baking soda or ground coffee to set into the carpet before cleaning. Allow about 8 hours. If able, you should leave it on overnight then vacuum thereafter. White vinegar is also useful. Mix with water—1 part vinegar, 3 parts water. Apply onto the entire carpet surface. Use a brush to scrub both the surface and underside. Rinse with mild soapy water then put out in sunshine to dry well. Carpet fresheners can be used twice a month.
Keep Pets Clean
This is important if your pets frequently use the indoor-outdoor rug. Clean pets are less likely to contribute to odors from the rugs. Clean your pets regularly. When kept clean, you can enjoy their presence both indoors and outdoors with fewer concerns about odors.
Avoid Damp Conditions
Occasionally, your carpet will get wet from rain, pet pee or other liquid. This can give rise to a persistent odor. Not allowing sufficient time for the carpet to dry after wet cleaning can cause an enduring odor. Damp carpets also encourage mildew growth. It is best to wet clean your carpet on days when there is plenty of strong sunlight. This allows the carpet to dry as quickly as possible. Slow drying is likely to encourage damp conditions and odor.