What’s That Smell? How to Get Rid of Odors in the Home

They say the longer you’re around a smell, the less you seem to notice. Remember a time when you went to a friend’s or a relative’s home, and as soon as you opened the door, you were hit over the head with an offensive smell? If you want to know how to get rid of odors in the home, there’s more than one way to do it. But finding the right solution depends on the source of the smell. The Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO® of Cumberland County offer their tips on how to get rid of odors. Whether you’re in the home, at the office, or anywhere your nose may go. And with a few supplies and little effort, you may just win the battle.

Here’s how to get rid of odors that keep everyone at the door.

Finding the source
It’s said that humans can distinguish up to 10,000 scents. So, if you want to eliminate an odor, you’ll have to put your sniffer to work to find it. Identifying the source of a smell is the only way to get rid of it. Masking the smell with sprays or perfuming a room to cover an odor never lasts, and the source of the smell will always return, say the Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO® of Cumberland County. If you’re confident you know where an offensive odor is originating, you can get to work on removing it.

Assessing the condition
Once you’ve identified the source of a smell, it’s important to assess where the odor has made contact. Contact with surfaces, belongings, furniture, carpet, walls, and things of the sort. These are the places that will need a deep clean. But just because you know where a smell is coming from, doesn’t mean you know what is causing it. Sometimes, this may be impossible to know without the help of a professional.

Using the right supplies
There’s a multi-billion-dollar industry made around household cleaning products, sprays, and perfumes—but sometimes going natural can be your best bet, suggests SERVPRO® of Cumberland County. If you’re dealing with more manageable odors such as a smelly fridge, burned food, or a musty smell, boiling vinegar and water can help dissipate odors. Using baking soda to absorb odors can also work wonders, while cleaning with fresh-cut lemons can be a great last-minute neutralizer if you’re expecting company. But if the source of the odor is more severe, such as soiled carpets or animal urine, you may be in over your head.

Knowing when to call a professional
Sometimes, knowing how to get rid of odors is as simple as picking up the phone and calling a professional. Using proper equipment to identify and eliminate offensive odors, professionals are able to find the source and rid your space of smell. By determining the odor and its severity, the pros will know how best to isolate, deodorize, and neutralize almost any unpleasant smell.

Still unsure of how to get rid of odors in your home or business? Contact the Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO® of Cumberland County for residential or commercial cleaning services. They have everything they need to rid your space of offensive odors that interrupt daily life. Call today to talk to a Franchise Professional or to set up your cleaning service: (856)-692-0041

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