Things You'll Need
White distilled vinegar
Hoover steam cleaner
Steam cleaner soap solution
Clean cloth or shop towel
To kill offensive odors present in your carpet, upholstery, and other furnishings quickly, fill your steam cleaner's solution reservoir with a 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar and the remainder with hot water. Do not add a soup solution. The vinegar and hot water solution will neutralize the odor and remove it.
Vinegar is a natural cleaner, sanitizer, and odor-eating substance that is safe to use in your home or business. Using vinegar in a Hoover steam cleaner helps reduce soap bubbles from forming in the cleaning machine and helps remove odors from your carpet, upholstery, and other surfaces. You don't have to do anything special to the vinegar—just add it to the steam cleaner and start cleaning with the machine.
Pour 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar into your Hoover steam cleaner's solution reservoir.
Add a soap solution to your steam cleaner's soap reservoir Use a cleaner recommended for your Hoover model.
Add recommended amount of rinse water to the Hoover steam cleaner's water reservoir.
Add 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar to the rinse water in the steam cleaner's water reservoir. The white vinegar will aid in neutralizing odors that may be present in your carpet, upholstery, and other furnishings.
Use the steam cleaner to clean your carpet, upholstery, or other furnishings.
Soak the tanks and other removable parts of your Hoover steam cleaner in a sink of warm water and 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar to clean the parts before storing the machine. Make sure you dry the parts with a clean cloth or shop towel.
Nick Davis is a freelance writer specializing in technical, travel and entertainment articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis and an associate degree in computer information systems from the State Technical Institute at Memphis. His work has appeared in "Elite Memphis" and "The Daily Helmsman" in Memphis, Tenn. He is currently living in Albuquerque, N.M.