Why It is a Bad Idea to Use Baking Soda on the Carpets

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Homeowners looking for natural cleaning tips might find suggestions online to use baking soda on the carpets. Since baking soda is a natural deodorizer, some people like to sprinkle the soda on the carpets to eliminate smells. It might seem simple to sprinkle the baking soda and then vacuum the powder. But, do you know what the soda leaves behind?

Why Baking Soda Will Damage Your Carpets

Even if you have a strong vacuum and you are thorough with the cleaning, there is a small portion of the baking soda that will remain. The particles are so small that they can sift through the padding of the carpet and stay trapped below. When the carpet is pulled up in the future for replacement, you will find the residue that was left behind.

When the baking soda gets trapped, it can make the odors stay in the carpets. The deodorizing effect isn’t strong enough to eliminate the smells. So, you are holding the odor in the carpets instead of removing the stink.

Finally, it is important to note that the small particles of the baking soda can get caught in the HEPA filter of your vacuum. As a result, the performance of the vacuum will be affected, eventually causing the motor to short out.

How to Get Rid of Carpet Smells

Instead of using baking soda or a deodorizing powder that you found at the store, the best solution is to call a professional carpet cleaning company. Our team has the right equipment and carpet cleaning solutions to eliminate the smells. We will choose the cleaning products based on the cause of the odor. For example, if pet urine is in the carpet, then we can use a cleaning solution with enzymes that break down the urine proteins which are causing the smell.

Instead of attempting a DIY project to eliminate the carpet smell, put down the box of baking soda and call our team instead. We offer professional carpet cleaning services that will restore your flooring. Contact Scott Peterson at Home Perfect Carpet and Tile Cleaning to schedule an appointment: (951) 303-1333.