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by Jason Neale
What should we expect from bad odours? How do we remove bad smells or odours in carpets, rugs and furniture like lounge suites? This can be a very challenging situation. For instance, a cat or dog urine on carpet can be removed with a steam clean. But this is if the urine hasn’t gone through to the underlay; if this occurs a subsurface clean will be required.
Odour from Pets
If there is an odour on the surface of carpets from pets lying on there over time, this can be removed, depending on how often the carpets have been cleaned. It may require two cleans to fully remove the odour. Each job would have to be access on the day of the cleaning.
If the odour isn’t too bad, a general carpet steam clean or carpet dry cleaning would do the job well. If it’s a deeper odour, a more intense clean will be required.
Removing Odours from Carpet Underlay
To remove odours of any kind from the underlay of carpets, a solution would be injected into the base of the carpet and left to dwell for some time, usually around 10-20 minutes, depending on the type of carpet and the condition of the carpet. Once the cleaner is satisfied with the amount of time the deodoriser and sanitiser has been in the underlay, it would be extracted using a powerful extraction unit. This machine is designed to remove moisture from the underlay of carpets without the need to pull the carpet up.
With any type of odour removal, it is important to hire the services of a trained professional with experience in removing odours from carpets and the underlay. If the process is not done correctly, the odour will simply come back after the carpet has dried.
Normal Carpet Cleaning
With normal carpet cleaning, the underlay would not be touched by a carpet steam cleaning company or a carpet dry cleaning company. Some people think that the cleaning process will clean deep down into the underlay, but this is not the case. With carpet cleaning, the base dirt and the surface dirt of the carpet would be removed. However, this is done without wetting the underlay or the backing of the carpet. This is where using a professional carpet cleaning Sunshine Coast company that knows how to properly clean carpets is important. If the backing or underlay is left wet, it can cause permanent damage and may result in needing to have the carpets and the underlay replaced.
Wetting the underlay should only be done by a carpet cleaning Gold Coast company that has the right equipment to properly dry the area once the odour has been successfully removed. In the case of a flood, the edge of one side of the carpet may have to be lifted and then an air mover put in place to help circulate the air to speed up the drying process.
Carpet Cleaning and Stain and Odour Removal Solutions
Some carpet types will react better to different cleaning situations and stain and odour removal. If a qualified carpet cleaner is hired, they should be able to advise on the best method by first doing an inspection of the job at hand. With all the different types of carpets on the market, it’s important that your local carpet cleaner Ipswich keeps up to date with all that is going on in the industry. This means within the carpet manufacturing industry as well as the carpet cleaning industry.
With bad smells in rugs, the same procedure can be applied to that of carpets and the same types of cleaning solutions can also be used to help eliminate the odour. The main thing to be sure of when having a rug cleaned is not to over wet it as the edges can curl up and leave the rug out of shape. But some rugs with very bad odours in them ,such as cat urine, will have to be cleaned in a special bath.This does mean wetting the entire rug, but this should only be done in a controlled environment by a professional carpet cleaner.
With odours in upholstery, it can be similar to that of carpet and rug cleaning, but the cleaning solutions and the deodorising and sanitising solutions have to be a little less aggressive or the material can be permanently damaged. Some lounge suites can have very high pH level cleaning products used on them, but then some may require a lower level pH. Hiring an upholstery cleaning company that knows about the different pH levels is important, or unnecessary damage can be caused.
When extracting odours from upholstery, it is important to clean the entire area. If the odour is on one of the arms of a seat, the whole arm would have to be steam cleaned or a water mark can occur. Water marks occur when an area has been left to wet; it leaves an edge like a brown stain. Cleaning the entire arm will eliminate any chance of water marks from occurring.
If carpets are kept clean from regular vacuuming and regular cleans from your carpet cleaning Brisbane company, the carpets have a higher probability of lasting longer. This is one of the biggest problems with carpets in homes today. People don’t get them professionally cleaned enough. This can lead to needing to have the carpets replaced earlier than necessary. If they are cleaned on a regular basis, it will save money in the long run and prevent the hassle of having to have them pulled up and replaced.
Problems with carpets, rug and upholstery can all be rectified if done by a professional. Even in some cases where a stain doesn’t come out fully, it can be faded by about 80%. So it is very important to hire the services of a carpet cleaning company with a reputable name that has been in business for some time and offers a full guarantee on their work.
The main problem with any stain or odour is when people try and remove them themselves. It usually leads to the stain being locked in or, in the case of a bad smell in carpet, the odour being spread to other areas. A professional will give good honest advice before even trying to repair any damage, or remove any odours from your carpets.