Do you regularly clean your home or business but still sniff out a weird or unpleasant scent?
If so, you’ve most likely realized that an air freshener isn’t enough to remove the smell. Odor removal can sometimes seem impossible, but there are many solutions to get rid of any foul smells.
Keep reading to learn 5 ways to effectively remove an odor!
If possible, the first step to odor removal is figuring out exactly where the smell is coming from, and identifying the type of scent.
Is it coming from the kitchen and smells like old food? Is it a musty smell coming from your carpet?
Locating an odor in an office building or industrial space [NON ACTIVE LINK] can be difficult due to the size of the space. But starting with evaluating any wet areas and doing a walk-through for water damage is a great place to start.
If your building has experienced damage from water or you’re in a place with high humidity, you might be noticing a musty smell. This is likely the result of mold.
Start by looking at damp places where mold could be developing, but the mold might also be hidden. If you can’t find the mold, consider hiring a professional company to discover what might be within the walls.
If you are able to locate the mold, start by scrubbing with detergent and water. Drying the area is important, so be sure to get proper ventilation and use dehumidifiers.
If you are smelling a lot of must, the mold might be coming from your carpet. Use a solution with one cup of white vinegar and warm water to spray the area. You can then use baking soda on the carpet, but if you continue to notice the smell, apply again.
Using enzyme-based, non-toxic products is the best way to remove mold for good from your industrial business.
One of the worst smells is a skunk's spray or pet odors. These can be difficult to remove. But these smells aren’t impossible to get rid of, regardless of the surface.
If you notice the smell on plastic or metal, it will be easier to remove. Start by cleaning the surface with a strong detergent. Make sure no residue is left.
But if you notice pet smells or urine on a carpet or other porous material, you’ll need to clean it. It might be difficult to clean a carpet if the smell is deep, so consider a professional restoration service. You can also deep clean with the products we use.
Smoking odors tend to stick to every surface area, and can even get into your air system. This is difficult to remove, but there are a few tips you can try for your space.
Start by trying to get as much fresh air into the space as possible. Open windows and doors while cleaning. Clean the walls and ceilings to neutralize the odors, by using things like ammonia or other strong products.
You can even try to repaint the walls and ceilings if the odor persists. Try to first replace the air filters and AC filters.
Essentially, every surface should be cleaned for smoking odors to be removed. This includes the floors, windows and furniture.
One of the most common foul smells in your kitchen is rotting food. Any kind of organic waste can get stuck in your sink and garbage disposal. This is also likely to rot very quickly and will create a bad smell.
One simple fix is to chop up limes and lemons. You can then run them through the disposal. You can also add white vinegar for extra acidity. This should be done every few cycles.
Another way to remove any bad kitchen odors is by cleaning out your refrigerator. Whether this is in your home or your office space, rotting food in a refrigerator can make a large space smell foul.
After you clear out the refrigerator and freezer of old food, try placing an open container of baking soda in the back. This should help absorb smells that start to generate. Replace it every few months.
If you don’t enjoy the scent of your home or business, but you aren’t sure where it’s coming from, there are still a few things you can do to improve the smell.
First, the smell could be coming from your air filtration system or air conditioning. Replacing the filters is the easiest way to eliminate bad smells. But this may not be enough.
Since they’re constantly circulating air, it’s important to have a ductless system so that you will guarantee the matter will be trapped. This is because it should have a multi-stage filtration system. This will also help prevent the buildup of moisture so that mold is less common.
If you’re also looking for a natural air freshener, try using alcohol. Using vodka and water can typically absorb common odors. If you want to replace it with a better scent, use essential oils. You can put it in a spray bottle and keep it in the office kitchen.
Whether you’re removing mold or cigarette smoke, it’s important to use strong products for odor removal that will really get the job done.
Remember to evaluate the entire space to make sure you’re taking care of the smell and keep good air circulation to prevent any future build up.
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