Removing the traces of a deep stain in your upholstery can be an ordeal. Depending on the level of saturation and the material of the item in question, your furniture may retain some of the odor from the initial spill. The fibers of certain fabrics are more likely to trap odor that can be difficult to eradicate. If you take action immediately following a spill, this usually goes a long way to eliminating any lingering smell. However, not all stains are the result of accidents with food or drinks; other stains emanate from prolonged exposure to pet oils or cigarette smoke.
Here are some alternative solutions to harsh chemicals, which may damage your furniture if not applied by experienced technicians.
1. Neutralize the source of the odor. If you want a permanent solution to your problem, don’t settle for covering up the smell. This will only temporarily mask it and eventually you will be forced to deal with the same problem all over again.
2. Natural alternatives to chemicals. Backing soda is a great odor neutralizer with zero negative effects on the material you expose it to. This powdery substance absorbs smells effectively, and can be removed after it’s done the job. Sunshine and fresh air are also simple tools that help fight odor that might be exacerbated by being contained indoors.
3. Act fast. This is probably the most important tip to eliminating odor. If you have the opportunity to cut the problem off at the source, do it!
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