Last week, we let you in on the powerful stain defending power of club soda. This week we thought we might add to your household repertoire of secret ingredients by introducing you to a new powerful weapon in the fight against carpet odor. Shaving Cream.
Shaving Cream Fights Carpet Odor?
Plain white shaving cream is really just a whipped up and foamy soap. The foaming action penetrates carpet fiber well, and like club soda it can even help to prevent stains from setting in. While club soda is good for lifting new stains, it won’t lift old odors. Shaving cream’s soapy qualities will lift or mask odor. It’s especially effective for pet stains, or greasy food stains. Fish oils are some of the toughest odors to remove, but quick application of a foamy shaving cream can really help.
Any Kind of Shaving Cream?
No. Not any kind. Some shaving creams add in a colour, or an ingredient like menthol that can discolour your carpet when applied. Shaving gels (the ones that come out creamy and work themselves into a foam on application) won’t be very good for your carpet either. They can leave residue behind that gathers dirt to the area.
The best thing to remember is to keep it simple. Simple, basic, shaving foam is all you need. No need for a moisturizing aloe vera gel on your carpet.
How to Use Shaving Foam on Carpet
- Start Quickly
- Apply The Foam Directly
- Come Back With a Damp Cloth
- Pay Attention To That Area
As soon as you notice a stain, it’s time for action. The older a stain or odor, the harder it can be to remove.
Cover the stain with shaving foam and let it sit there for about 10 minutes. The foam will penetrate the carpet fiber and get to work on that stain.
Wipe off the majority of the shaving foam and rinse off the cloth. Come back and dab the area (do not scrub) until you have removed any residue that was left.
As tempting as it may be to wipe up the area and be done with it, it’s a good idea to pay attention. A stain or odor that sticks around may require some professional help. There’s no shame in calling in the pros when you’ve already done your best.