Keeping your Home Smelling Fresh

December 29, 2015
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Now that the weather is turning colder, wetter and downright miserable, it’s often easier to turn up the heating, close the windows and ignore the nasty niffs that permeate around your home – you do become acclimatised to them, but any visitors will smell them straight away – not a great first impression when they enter your home.

So, being ever helpful, we at QCF Bournemouth – the premier retailer of carpets and flooring in the Dorset area – thought we’d share a few tips that we’ve garnered both from experience (and our customers) over the years to help keep your home (and carpets) smelling fresh all winter long.

You may not think about it, but your carpet accumulates dirt, both seen an unseen all the time.

Whilst the smell might not be particularly pungent, it’s there. This can be alleviated by vacuuming regularly and by having your carpets cleaned professionally at least annually.

To paraphrase a well-known television advert from years gone by, often, smells in the air ‘come from down there!’ In other words, your carpets – hands up all those who have THAT jingle playing through their head right now? You know the one, where you put the freshness back?

You can put the freshness back quite easily, and you probably have the ingredient you need in your kitchen cupboard right now.

We’ve been told that humble baking soda is great for absorbing nasty odours in your carpets without too much effort.

Vacuum as usual to get rid of dirt and pet hair then sprinkle the baking soda on your carpet. It works best if you leave it for a couple of hours, so go do an errand, have a nap or whatever – and be sure to remove your canine and feline friends from the area.

Vacuum the baking soda up thoroughly and you’ll be left with fresher smelling carpet and a fresher smelling home, especially if you do it in every room – and the bonus is that baking soda costs a fraction of the price of commercial products for the same result.

Of course, good housekeeping is key to keep your home smelling nice.

So, here are a few reminders and tips to help you along:

  • Keep on top of the bins – simply emptying the kitchen, bedroom or bathroom bin can have immediate results
  • Since we’re in the winter months (at the time of writing), what about scented candles, oil burners or reed diffusers. We admit that some of the more well-known brands like Yankee Candle are a little expensive, but for that extra touch of luxury and the gorgeous smells wafting through your home, they’re worth it.
  • Flowers or evergreen branches will instantly add freshness and colour to any room.
  • Keep a spray made up of lemon juice and water handy, spritz as required
  • Finally, we know it could be cold, windy and wet, but it’s extremely important to let fresh air into your home. It will also have a beneficial effect on your mood and, if you work from home, your productivity.

Look for the obvious causes and deal with them first but make sure you don’t neglect your carpets this winter – the smell is probably right under your feet.