odor removal

What is that Smell? How to Remove Unwanted Smells in Your Home

Biohazard Clean Up

There are many possible reasons why an unpleasant smell lingers in your house. Some smells signal a possible danger, like mold growth or decomposition, which often requires professional cleanup. Others, however, are not that serious. Learn about what may be causing unexpected smells and get the best solutions for permanent odor removal below.

Odor Removal

What smell are you trying to get rid of:

1. My house has a musty odor

2. My house smells like tobacco smoke

3. My house smells like pet urine or skunk spray

4. My house smells like something is decomposing in it

5. My house smells but it could be anything

1. Why does my house smell musty?

If your home has suffered water damage or high humidity, the musty odor is likely the result of mold, which thrives in damp, warm, and dark places. Mold also presents several health risks.

Mold exposure symptoms

Getting rid of mold not only neutralizes the odor, but it also defends occupants from mold exposure health risks. Mold-sensitive individuals may exhibit allergy symptoms, such as sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, coughing, itchy eyes, wheezing and skin irritation. Moreover, mold can trigger asthmatic symptoms that include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. Mold exposure can also cause irritant reactions, in which case the symptoms are like those of an allergic reaction: coughing, runny nose, eye irritation and more.

For proper odor removal in your house, the affected area will need to be dried and the mold properly removed.

Tips for mold-related odor removal

For any mold removal task, we recommend contacting a professional mold remediation company, such as PuroClean. Our technicians provide industrial-strength machines and have extensive mold removal experience. They use dehumidifiers, air-moving machines, and fans to thoroughly dry the area, ensuring that mold will not return.

2. My house smells like tobacco smoke

How tobacco smoke affects your home

Smoking tobacco releases odorous substances that stick to every surface of the area in which smoking occurs. Cigarette smoke also penetrates more odor-absorbing objects, such as carpets, upholstery, bedding, clothes, and many more. Additionally, the HVAC system of a building can carry the smoke odor and chemicals throughout the structure.

Tobacco residue is extremely hard to remove and requires professional equipment and services. But, if you want to try to DIY, here are a few tips for cigarette smoke odor removal.

Long-term cigarette odor removal solutions

For cigarette smoke odor removal, you must thoroughly clean the tobacco smoke residue from every surface and corner in the home:

Short-term cigarette odor removal solutions

If you want inexpensive short-term solutions, try these tips:

*Please be mindful of where you place these items throughout your home as they may be harmful to children and pets if ingested.

Completely removing cigarette smoke odor from a home is a very time-consuming and complicated process. If the situation is severe, call a professional smoke remediation specialist, such as PuroClean, for odor removal.

How professionals perform smoke odor removal from a property

As tobacco residue is present throughout the entire affected area, removing it is often very difficult. There is no magic formula that just whisks away residues and smells.

The only effective way to remove tobacco residue and smell is through very thorough cleaning and then sealing all structural surfaces. Restoration specialists start tobacco smoke odor removal by cleaning all surfaces. The cleanup includes deodorizing agents to help eliminate the very tiny particles of tobacco smoke.

Once the technicians finish cleaning the visible surfaces, using specialized equipment is often necessary to remove the very last of the odors that are not easily accessible (such as inside walls or joints). This will often involve hydroxyl generators or ozone generators — professional equipment that effectively destroys the smelly particles.

The next step consists of sealing the surfaces with a product designed to seal smoke residues. These can lock in the very last of the stains and odors. Finally, the surfaces will be ready to paint, refinish or apply new coverings.

What about the soft items? Things such as upholstery, bedding, draperies, and clothes absorb odors very well and are often easily damaged. Because of this, they are very difficult to successfully restore and may require specialists. In many cases though, the decision is made to simply replace these materials and items.

For cigarette smoke odor removal, call the pros!

For tobacco smoke odor removal in your home effectively and in the shortest time possible, hire a professional restoration company like PuroClean. We provide complete smoke cleaning and sanitation, professional deodorization, as well as duct cleaning services.

3. My house smells like pet urine or skunk spray

Skunk spray and serious pet urine odor are some of the most upsetting when they affect your home. But, although controlling those odors can be difficult, it can be achieved. Here are tips on how to properly deodorize these odors from a house.

How to remove pet urine or skunk smell

How to eliminate general pet odors:

The odor should disappear after applying these tips. But if the problem persists, call PuroClean. Our biohazard cleanup professionals have specialized products and equipment, such as ozone or hydroxyl generators, that can be very effective in completing the deodorizing process.

4. How to Deodorize a House Affected by Decomposition Odor

One of the most severe smells comes from the decomposition of human or animal bodies. Check out our tips to remove these odors from your home:

When you’re not sure what to do when confronted with an odor problem, contact a restoration professional right away, before the problem worsens. For any odor removal situation, call your local PuroClean office.

5. How to remove other smells in your home

Bad odors also linger in places like the kitchen, basement, and bathroom. They permeate areas such as carpets, fabrics, and your pets’ favorite spots. Here are budget-friendly tips for eliminating bad odors from various areas in your home:

If nothing else works, call the odor removal specialists

Following these tips can help lessen the odors in your home. For professional deodorization services in homes affected by tobacco smoke, fire, mold, or other causes, contact your local PuroClean office.

Get help with odor remediation by calling the PuroClean Local Response Hotline at 800-775-7876. Alternatively, use our office locator to find your local office. Our restoration experts stand ready to come to your property’s rescue 24/7!

Last edited on 16th of February 2021

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