How to Get Rid of Heavy Duty Odors: Pet Urine, Damp and Smoke

how to get rid of heavy duty odorsDoes your house have a strange odor that just won’t go away? Do you walk through the door only to be hit in the face with a stench that you cannot get rid of? It doesn’t matter if the smell is in your carpet or hidden in a forgotten corner, you need to find a way to get rid of that odor.

Follow Your Nose to Find the Source

If necessary, enlist the help of family and friends to find the underlying source. You may find a wet and stinky dishrag under that pile of dishes in the sink. Your search may lead you to realize that the smell is in your bedroom comforter. Once you find the source, you can correct the problem.

Hit the Laundromat

It’s hard to wash bedding because it’s thick and bulky. You can either take it to the laundromat or have the bedding dry cleaned. The nice thing about the laundromat is that they may have oversized machines that can handle the larger loads. If the smells are very pervasive, run some vinegar through the machine as a pre-wash.

Use Vinegar in Appliances

You can buy special appliance cleaners, but it’s really not necessary. Vinegar is excellent at cutting odors in dishwashers, washing machines and coffee pots. About once a month, run an empty load in your larger appliances with about a half-cup of vinegar to deodorize the surface and cut down on hard water build-up. After you run diluted vinegar through the coffeepot, follow up with a pot of plain water.

Steam Clean Carpets

There are a few ways to get odors out of carpeting. You can put reliable vinegar in your steam cleaner. If you don’t want to spend the day scrubbing the carpets, then use baking soda. Sprinkle it over the entire carpet, sweep it in with a broom and allow it to sit for at least an hour. The longer you let it sit, the more it will absorb grease and odors, so it’s best to leave it place overnight. Vacuum up the residue along with the mystery stench. Both of these methods are even appropriate for pet odors in the carpet.

Ice for the Garbage Disposal

If you follow the smell to the garbage disposal, don’t fear. A few ice cubes will clean and sharpen the blades. Run the disposal with hot water and drop a handful of ice down the drain. If the smell persists, a little baking soda will help take it away.

All-Purpose Cleaner for Smoke

You’ve cleaned the carpets and scrubbed the furniture, but your house still smells like cigarette smoke. Dilute some all-purpose cleaner in a bucket and start washing the walls. Smoke drifts throughout the area and leaves a residue behind. While most people think to clean furniture and even ceiling fans, they don’t always treat the walls. As you wipe off the walls, you’ll remove the residue and the smell. You’ll also clean away old food and other stains.

Getting rid of odors can be tricky, but it’s not impossible. With a little care and attention, you can get rid of even the most difficult smells. Keeping the house clean will make it easier to find those mystery scents, and vinegar and baking soda are both excellent at removing the smells. Another option is to simply turn over the entire chore to 1st Class Cleaning. We’ll keep the house in top condition so that you won’t have odors develop, and we know how to effectively remove any that should appear. Contact us today to set up a one-time appointment or a recurring cleaning schedule.

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