HELP PLEASE: Carpet cleaning smell won't dissipate

I hired carpet cleaners 4 days ago. They left a chemical smell all throughout the house. I called them back and they said they had to use more cleaning fluid than usual because the carpets were dirty. They used precleaning fluid plus steam cleaning.
Today I hired another more well-respected company to try and get the odor from the first group out. They steam-cleaned the carpet, but the chemical smell is still there.
What can I do to get rid of this chemical smell?
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On 1 Mar 2004 22:55:34 -0800, snipped-for-privacy@ureach.com (eric veller) wrote:

Open the windows and set up several fans blowing over the carpets. Turn on your furnace fan to the "always on" position for several days.
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(eric veller)

In addition to the advice already given: burn several of the candles that are designed to get rid of smoke small (not just "regular" candles -- these really do help). You also might want to try some of the plug-in air fresheners for a few days. Monitor the candles carefully, especially if you have children or pets.
MaryL
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Thanks for these suggestions. I will try them. I hope the chemicals are not dangerous to me or my dog though.
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I have never heard of any problems. I had a very strong odor of smoke in my house when a microwave oven malfunctioned and did not turn off (which literally turned the food to charcoal but also released the most incredibly heavy, smoky stench). I have a cat, and the candles did not hurt either of us. I used the candles that are designed to get rid of smoke (but does not actually place an odor in the air) and also used some vanilla-scented candles. However, I was always careful not leave them burning when I could not be present to watch them. You should probably place them on a counter out of the reach of your dog, and do *not* get the kind of candles that are used for aromatherapy. There are som with essential oils that really are dangerous for cats (but I don't know about dogs).
Incidentally, I ran my air conditioner and/or fan most of the time for a few days, and the filter was actually sticky with residue when I changed it a few days later. Of course, the smoke actually had particles that the filter could "catch," but you might also want to try this.
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These are NOT going to remove any smells but just add more.
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That's true of the plug-in air freshener, but the candles that are designed to eliminate smoke odor do not leave any scent of their own. I don't know how it works, but I did find that that was true in my case. Scented candles, of course, will do just as you said.
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On Fri, 5 Mar 2004 10:19:35 -0600, "MaryL"

Actually any combustion will help eliminate odors, but if you have a habit of burning candles you'll end up with a layer of hard-to-remove soot on your ceiling. It's hard to beat opening a few windows for cross-ventilation.
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I was only talking about a solution for what sounded like a one-time (but very pungent) problem. Certainly, that was how I used the candles -- after a lot of very strong smoke got into the air during a microwave accident (which literally turned everything inside to "toast"). I thought I was going to need to hire a professional service and had serious concerns about permanent damage because I know that smoke residue can get into fabrics and ruin them. So I thought this called for more than just opening windows. I even found that the filter on my air conditioner was completely clogged with sticky residue after a couple of days of running the fan constantly. Those candles almost worked miracles for me. I don't smoke, so this was a one-time-only need -- but they worked so well that I thought the person who wrote for help might also like to try it. I would think that it would be good to alternate this with open windows (depending on weather and where the OP lives).
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