How to Remove Unwanted Smells in Your Home
If you have stinky rooms in your house, you may be looking for ways to freshen the air. Some odors signal possible health hazards, such as mold growth or decomposing remains, while others simply smell unpleasant. Here’s how to find and remove unwanted smells at the source.
How to Remove Musty Smells
A musty odor is a sure sign of mold growth. Perhaps your home has recently suffered water damage, or you struggle to manage high humidity levels. Either way, you’ll need to remove the mold to eliminate the smell.
If you can see the mold and it is small, scrub it using detergent and water. If the smell comes from the carpet, spray it with a solution of one part vinegar and two parts water to absorb the odor. If these efforts don’t work, the affected area is large, or you can’t find the mold, call a professional mold remediation company for help.
How to Remove Smoke Odors
Smoke, whether from tobacco products or a fire, permeates every porous surface in your home. Try these tips to remove the smell:
- Open the windows and doors.
- Run an air purifier.
- Place bowls of vinegar, baking soda, or activated charcoal around the house.
- Clean the walls and ceilings with ammonia and glycol products.
- Scrub all other surfaces in your home with the appropriate cleaners.
- Call a smoke removal expert.
How to Remove Pet Urine Stench
If you’re dealing with a hard surface, such as metal or plastic, warm water and detergent may be all you need. Porous surfaces, like upholstery, carpet, and hardwood floors, are much more challenging to clean. Try soaking up the urine, rinsing with water, and sprinkling the surface with baking soda. If the odor isn’t gone, schedule professional deodorization services.
How to Remove the Smell of Decomposition
Decomposing human or animal remains can create an unbearable stench. The resulting fumes and microbial growth can also be a health hazard. That’s why you should leave this type of deodorization to a biohazard cleanup crew.
How to Remove Kitchen Odors
Unwanted smells can linger in the kitchen. Fight foul odors with these tips:
- Absorb fridge odors with an open box of baking soda.
- Wash the garbage can with diluted white vinegar.
- Freshen up the garbage disposal by grinding up a lemon peel, ice, and dish soap.
While it’s possible to remove some unwanted smells yourself, you may want to schedule professional deodorization services, especially if you have recently had a fire, flood, or other disaster. DKI uses air scrubbers, HEPA filters, approved chemicals, and other cost-effective solutions to remove odors, allergens, and pollutants. During the deodorization process, we also identify hidden issues that need to be addressed, such as water damage and mold growth behind the wall or under the floor.