If your carpeting is in need of a deep clean but you don't have time to run the steam cleaner, you can refresh the flooring naturally using essential oils. Essential oils do not contain toxic chemicals, and they will impart a powerful, long-lasting scent. It's especially important to deodorize your carpets if you have children and/or pets, as smells can set into the fibers and release less-than-fresh odors. While essential oils won't clean your carpet, they can, at least, freshen it up in an emergency, such as the day before guests arrive.
Here is how to deodorize a smelly carpet with essential oils:
1. Before treating your carpet with the oils, thoroughly vacuum the flooring. Not only will doing so remove the source of some of the foul odors, such as food crumbs or dirt, it will prepare the carpet's fibers for the essential oil treatment. It will be easier for the oils to penetrate open, rather than matted, fibers.
2. Choose the essential oil that you want to use. There are a variety of oils that you can use, so it mainly comes down to personal preference. If you like floral scents, go with lavender, rose or ylang-ylang essential oils. If an earthy aroma is more your style, consider patchouli, sandalwood or cypress. Bright, vibrant citrus scents include lime, sweet orange, lemon and lemongrass, while peppermint, spearmint, tea tree and eucalyptus oils have a cool, invigorating zing.
To create a customized scent, you can even combine two or more complementary oils, such as lavender and spearmint.
3. Always test a small, inconspicuous portion of the carpet with few drops of the essential oil of your choice before the deodorizing treatment.
You want to make sure that your carpeting material doesn't have a bad reaction, such as staining or discoloration, from the oil. Allow the essential oil to stay on the carpet sample for 24 hours prior to treatment for best results. If there is no reaction, continue on with the treatment.
4. Before applying the oil to your carpet, you'll need to mix it baking soda, which will also aid in the odor-removal process.
Add 15 drops of essential oil to each cup of baking soda, mixing as many batches as you need to cover the entire flooring. Stir the mixture with a spoon to evenly distribute the oil.
5. Sprinkle the baking soda over the carpet in an even layer and allow it to rest on the carpet for anywhere from 1 hour to overnight, depending on the level of deodorizing you want to do. Finish by vacuuming it up.
If your carpet needs more intensive care and cleaning, companies like Conscientious Carpet Care may be able to meet your needs.