Residential odour may not be something we talk about in polite company, but they happen to all of us and getting rid of them isn’t always as simple as lighting a scented candle.
There is a huge number of things that can cause bad smells in your home, and some of them are more difficult to get rid of than others.
Here are a few of the most common causes of bad odours in the home and how to get rid of them.
Pets and animals
Pets are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to smells in the home. And going to the toilet in the wrong place is just one of the possible causes of bad smells.
A mixture of baking soda, vinegar and water is a good home solution for pet smells. It should be safe to spray on fabrics but always test on an inconspicuous spot first.
If your pets keep going to the toilet in the same places, you may need an enzymatic cleaner designed for pet odours. This should remove the smell for you as well as removing the indicators that make your pet think that spot is their toilet.
You should also wash the things your pets frequently use that are likely to have smells clinging to them. Things like bedding, food and water bowls, and toys should be washed as part of your regular weekly cleaning routine.
Cigarette smoke is one of the toughest smells to get rid of. If you’ve recently quit smoking or a former tenant in your home was a smoker, then you may have to go through a fairly lengthy process to get rid of the smell.
You’ll need to wash basically everything. Maybe more than once. Wash all textiles including clothes, carpets, and curtains. You may need an odour elimination product for furniture or anything that won’t fit in a washing machine.
Wash all the surfaces you can. Walls, floors, ceilings, windows, and everything else. The tar in cigarette smoke makes it stick to everything. You may also need an air purifier to get rid of any lingering particles in the air.
Regular kitchen cleaning should remove and prevent the majority of bad kitchen smells. However, there are a few places which are easy to overlook while cleaning.
Oily residue can build up around the stove and range hood and cause bad smells to hang around. Tackle this with some multipurpose surface cleaner and elbow grease.
Of course you take the bin out regularly, but the area around where the bin is kept will likely need cleaning from time to time as well. Again, Surface cleaner should do the trick here.
Mould creates a musty, damp kind of smell which is pretty unpleasant. The best way to get rid of the smell of mould is to get rid of the mould itself.
Mould can usually be removing fairly easily by scrubbing it with a vinegar or alcohol solution. You don’t need a heavy-duty cleaning agent because, surprisingly, bleach doesn’t kill mould, it just bleaches the colour out of it.
Mould likes to grow in damp, warm environments where it has organic matter feed on. To prevent mould coming back, try to keep things dry and clean.
Author: OdourPro manufacture and install residential odour treatment and management equipment or industrial and commercial uses. Their knowledge and expertise also extend to odour management in the home.