Unfortunately, a whole lot of carpet cleaners don’t remove unpleasant smells — instead, those sprays, powders, and liquids do nothing more than mask it. That’s why we recommend using an enzyme-based carpet cleaner for the following problems:

  • Vomit
  • Urine
  • Blood
  • Feces
  • Food and Drink 

Without further ado, let’s go over what enzyme cleaners are, why you should use them, and how you should use them.

What are Enzyme Cleaners and Why Should You Use Them?

Enzyme-based carpet cleaners use chemicals filled with bio-enzymes. When you apply them to your problem area, they destroy odor-causing bacteria — in the process, bacteria is converted into carbon dioxide and water. If your carpet is fouled by a food source for bacteria, such as vomit, urine, food or drink, the digesters will consume that food source.

You should use them instead of other cleaners because they remove the source of bad smells instead of simply masking them. If your carpet retains an unpleasant odor regardless of how much you clean it, try switching to an enzyme-based solution.

How Should You Use Enzyme-Based Carpet Cleaners?

Now you know how enzyme-based carpet cleaners work and why you should use them, it’s time to learn how to go about it.

  • If there’s any sold material, carefully remove it.
  • Blot up us much liquid as possible — don’t rub it in.
  • Saturate the contaminated area. The spot on the padding is commonly two to three times the size of the spot on the carpet, so apply accordingly.
  • Let it sit for at least 30 minutes, or up to two weeks for serious fouling. Opening a window can expediate the process.
  • Once dry, reapply if necessary.
Remember to only use enzyme cleaners with certain substances. For example, you’ll want to clean with a bleach-based product when you need to deal with mold. If it’s only a dirt smell you’re worried about, a disinfectant cleaner should be fine.

We Recommend Using Nature’s Miracle Enzyme-Based Carpet Cleaner

Here at Russell Martin Carpet and Rugs, we’ve been helping to keep carpets clean across Naperville, Lisle, and Wheaton since way back in 1957, so we know a good cleaner when we see one. For an enzyme-based cleaner, we recommend Nature’s Miracle. If you’d prefer professional assistance, simply arrange an appointment with us today.