Foul and offensive odors in your home can be brief and temporary, or they may be long-term and nagging problems. Bad odors can happen from many different situations in your home. Think of pets. We love our pets, but they can have accidents on carpets and furniture – and leave a lingering and nasty odor that just won’t go away. Cigarette smoking is another common annoying smell that just stays and stays. Even burned food in the oven or on the top burners can leave a terrible protein odor that’s difficult to remove.

What Is The Remedy?

There are some fairly simple things you can do as the property owner to help remove nasty odors. If it’s serious enough, and the result of burning food, it may be covered by your homeowners insurance. Consider hiring a professional restoration company to come in and tackle the problem.

Cleaning and laundering things like rugs, carpets, and drapes can help with the stink, and thorough cleaning with water and vinegar can also help minimize the odor.

Things You Should NOT Do!

Avoid using commercial cleaning products such as ammonia. Pet odor is primarily comprised of ammonia, so you’ll just make the situation worse. Please don’t use heat on fabrics or rugs. That will just set the stain and odor in so it’s almost impossible to remove. Hot water commercial extraction using the right neutralizing products is the best way to deal with these kinds of odor issues.

Professional Odor Removal Process

Although hiring a professional cleaning company (not a maid service) to come in a do the cleaning will cost money, in the long run personal items will be saved. Replacing carpet, or rugs, or drapes can be very expensive, and a professional cleaning company will almost always be the lower cost method.

Check out a professional specialty training program of odor removal. It’s the science and certified course of Odor Control Technician (OCT). It is taught by approved experts of the IICRC and professional restoration and cleaning companies have this certification.  Be sure to ask for a copy of their certificate!