Odd smells are a very common problem with rugs of different fibers, sizes, colors and constructions. Whether the odor is coming out of an old rug, which belonged to your ancestors once or it is your pets that are causing your rug to smell so bad, these smells do bother you and your family members; sometimes to the extent that you cannot stand in that room even for a few seconds. Here are some of the ways with which you can remove odors from your area rugs.
Vacuum your area rug:
Gently vacuuming your area rug regularly is the easiest way to keep your rug healthy. Even if you vacuum without the roller brush, your vacuum cleaner will remove the dust particles from the rug’s pile along with various smells that accompany them.
Let some sunshine fall on your rug:
One of the best methods of removing mildew and bacteria smell from an area rug is to expose your rug to the sun’s UV rays. The ultraviolet rays of the sun disrupt the DNA of fungus and bacteria and kill the organisms, which are the cause of production of unpleasant smells. Take your rug out on a sunny day and hang it on a fence. Or lay the rug on a few chairs and after sometime flip its side to expose the backside to sunlight too.
If vacuuming and sunlight fail to remove odors from your rug then use charcoal, as it has the ability to absorb a huge range of odorous organic compounds. Take an old pair of nylon pantyhose and infuse them with charcoal briquettes. Now, lay the pantyhose filled with charcoal all over the top of carpet and roll your rug. Fit your rug in a plastic garbage bag and seal it tightly so that the charcoal absorbs carpet odors completely. After some days, unwrap and unroll the rug and let it air out for a night.
The Kitty Litter Treatment:
Just like Charcoal, the natural clay of Kitty litter is capable of absorbing all kinds of offensive odors. All you need to do is to take your rug to a vacant place and sprinkle kitty litter all over the rug. If the odor is really strong, it may take some days for the clay to absorb the odors completely so let the rug stay in that vacant place for a while. After some days, shake off the kitty litter from the rug and vacuum the rug a few times.