Where Does the Awful Smell Come From? (Updated)
Posted on Sep 26 2011 at 02:49:03 AM in How-To
Have you ever been in a situation to feel a bad odour in your house and not to know where it comes from? What would you do if you happen to be in such situation? Would you search for the source of the smell on your own or call professional cleaners? What is the first place where you'd look for the source?
There are only a few places in every house, where a source of an odour can be hidden: in or behind the fridge; in or behind the stove; in some cupboard; under the sofa or between its cushions; and under the carpet. If I had a bad odour in my house the first place where I'd look would be beneath the carpet. This is the easiest thing to do and the chances to have anything bad under it are quite big, especially if you have pets or kids.
An expert from Aussie Ccarpet Cleaning London once told me that one can find really amazing and disgusting things under a rug. He shared with me only a few not so awful things that he's found. Here they are:
A big mess is a common picture after parties. Slices of pizza are something that fits pretty well under a carpet and people love to trick their friends. When the slice goes bad it starts smelling disgusting and if you don't look under your flooring you won't understand where does the odour come from.
Pieces of dog food – dogs love to store food. They normally bury it, but when there is no yard where to do it, they start hiding pieces of food under the carpet. Some dog foods are quite greasy and can leave stains. Not to mention the smell when they rot.
Our kids also leave us unpleasant surprises under the carpet. They usually hide things which they don't like eating, such as peanut butter sandwich. Peanut butter is greasy and sticky and can cause us a lot of troubles.
It may sound weird but sometimes carpet cleaning is not enough. You don't have to clean only over your flooring but under it, too.
However, regular carpet maintenance is a must. And everytime you find an awful odour coming from your soft floorings you have to remove its source and deodorise your rug well. You can either use commercial products for the purpose, or natural ones. Have in mind that most commercial deodorisers can be smothering, and if you are an asthma sufferer they might cause you problems. Use baking soda, cornstarch, lemons and potpourri, instead.
The fastest-to-prepare carpet deodoriser is a mixture of baking soda or cornstarch and potpourri. Sprinkle it all over your soft flooring and let it stay there for a few hours or a whole night. On the next day, take the vacuum cleaner and remove the deodoriser. There will be no signs from odours.
Of course, if you don't have much free time for cleaning and other domestic chores, you can always hire a professional carpet cleaning expert from Weybridge, London. Professional cleaning technicians know how to manage every cleaning issue and will make your floorings fresh and spotless again.