Blog » Clear the Air: Tackle Unpleasant Odors in Your Home or Business
Odors can be a real problem in some homes or businesses. Learn how to get rid of common odors, such as pet smells or cigarette smoke, and how to prevent odors from developing in the first place. On The Spot Cleaners, owned by Randy Spurling, offers professional cleaning services in Greater Rochester and Canandaigua.
What’s That Smell?
Do you ever walk into a room and immediately want to leave because of an unpleasant odor? Maybe you’ve returned from vacation and noticed that your house just has a…smell. Whether it's pet smells, cigarette smoke, or an unrecognizable musty scent, odors can be a real problem in homes or businesses.
Some odors can be particularly difficult to remove and require the finesse and expertise of a professional cleaning service. The hardest odors to remove include those caused by smoke damage, such as cigarette smoke or fire damage. These odors can penetrate deep into surfaces and fabrics, making them challenging to eliminate completely. Another difficult odor to remove is that caused by pet urine. Urine contains bacteria that can continue to grow and produce an unpleasant smell even after the urine has been cleaned up. The most pervasive of the bunch is mold and mildew, especially if the growth has spread over a large area. In these cases, it's important to seek out professional cleaning services to ensure that the odor is eliminated at its source and doesn't return.
The Problem with Odors
Unpleasant smells can harm your quality of life. They can be embarrassing and may even make you feel self-conscious about inviting guests over. But the biggest issue at hand? The presence of an odor is often a sign of a bigger issue that can lead to poor indoor air quality and can cause health problems if left unchecked. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air pollution is one of the top five environmental health risks with indoor air quality being anywhere from 2-5 times worse than outdoor air. The average American spends 90% of their time indoors,
where poor indoor air quality can cause headaches, fatigue, and respiratory issues, especially for those with allergies or asthma. According to the American Lung Association, poor indoor air quality can even lead to long-term health problems such as heart disease and cancer. Don't let odors compromise your health and well-being - it’s important to take action right away to get rid of odors and improve the air quality in your home or business.
How to Get Rid of Odors
First and foremost, it's important to identify the source of the odor. If you don’t get a handle on the source, the odor will just return. It may be easy to pinpoint if you have pets or if a smoker
once occupied your home. But some odors that are caused by a more sneaky, pervasive problem might need some investigating. Once you've identified the source, you can amend the problem while also tackling the odor. Here’s how:
Ventilate the space: Open windows and doors to let in fresh air and improve circulation. Use air purifiers: Air purifiers with HEPA filters can help to trap odors and other pollutants. Clean surfaces: Wipe down surfaces with a solution of vinegar and water, which can help to neutralize odors.
Wash fabrics: Launder any fabrics that may be contributing to or holding onto the odor, such as curtains or bedding.
Hire a professional cleaning service: Professional cleaners like On The Spot Cleaners have the knowledge and equipment to effectively eliminate odors that originate in carpeting, ductwork, and moisture.
The best way to deal with odors is to prevent them from developing in the first place. By taking care of the source of the odor-causing problem, you’ll effectively prevent future odors from reoccurring from that source. Here are some tips to help prevent odors:
Keep the space clean: Regular cleaning can help to prevent the buildup of odors. Address spills and stains promptly: Don't let spills or stains sit for too long, as they can contribute to odors.
Use odor-neutralizing products: Products like baking soda, vinegar, or activated charcoal can help to absorb odors.
Ban smoking indoors: Cigarette smoke can linger for days and is difficult to remove. Bathe pets regularly: Keeping pets clean can help to minimize pet odors. Maintain and regularly clean their litter and living areas as well.
Professional Cleaning Services: Even with routine cleaning and maintenance, moisture, pets, and other odor-causing culprits still make their way into your home. Routine professional carpet and upholstery cleaning, air duct cleaning, and other professional cleaning services make a huge overall impact on indoor air quality. A deeper clean keeps the odor-causing culprits at bay.
Professional air duct cleaning will significantly improve indoor air quality and help control household odors. Over time, dust, dirt, and debris can build up in your air ducts, which can cause unpleasant smells to circulate throughout your home or business. In addition, mold and mildew can grow in your air ducts, which can lead to a musty odor that is difficult to get rid of. By having your air ducts professionally cleaned, you can remove these odor-causing substances and improve the overall air quality in your space. This can also help prevent respiratory issues and improve the overall health of those who live or work in the building.
Leaving water damage unchecked can also contribute to odors in your home or business. Water damage can lead to the growth of mold and mildew, which can cause a musty odor that can be difficult to eliminate. In addition, standing water can lead to the growth of bacteria, which can
produce a foul smell that can linger for weeks or even months. By addressing water damage as soon as it occurs and having it professionally cleaned and dried, you can prevent the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria and eliminate any associated odors. This can also help prevent further damage to your property and protect the health and well-being of those who live or work in the affected area.
On The Spot Cleaners, owned by Randy Spurling, offers a range of professional cleaning services to help you maintain a clean and odor-free environment. Our services utilize the latest technology and techniques to eliminate even the toughest odors. Don't let odors control your life - let us help you regain the air quality in your home or business. We use products that are safe for you, your family, and your pets and our team of experienced professionals is fully trained and insured, so you can have peace of mind knowing that your space is in good hands. On The Spot Cleaners, owned by Randy Spurling, has the experience and expertise to eliminate even the toughest odors. We can help you with your odor control needs in Greater Rochester and Canandaigua. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and breathe easy once again.