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How To Eliminate Bad Odors In Your Home

What’s That Smell? There’s nothing worse than having a bad smell in your home. Especially if you do not know where the odor is coming from. Pets, mold, smoke, and certain foods you may cook can all contribute to bad smells. Odors can get into your carpet, walls, and furniture and be hard to get rid of. Instead of masking the odor, try some of our tips below to eliminate offensive smells from your home.

Clean Hard Surfaces Thoroughly

Hand cleaning a counter top

Give your home a good cleaning. Scrub all hard surfaces such as floors, counters, walls, tables, sinks with soap and water or a cleaner of your choice. There are many recipes for natural homemade cleaners online if you are interested in going the green route.  However in areas that tend to have stronger odors such as bathrooms you may want to use a strong cleaner with bleach to kill nasty bacteria and brighten surfaces as well.

 Open Windows


Fresh air can do wonders for odors in your home. Whenever you can open your windows, even if you can only do it for a short amount of time. Get the breezes flowing through and circulate some air to help neutralize any odor.

Vacuum Regularly


Vacuum your carpets at least once a week. You may want to do more if you have pets. Odor can get trapped into the fibers of your carpet and vacuuming/cleaning your carpet can help tremendously with odor. If you wish you can get carpet deodorizer and sprinkle it on before you vacuum. There are specialty products made just for pets if this is your area of trouble. Don’t forget to change the bag in your vacuum when it gets full so it can work to its best potential. You also want to have your carpets deep cleaned on a regular basis. Keep in mind that heavy pet stains due to urine will not come out completely. You will need to have your carpet and pad replaced to eliminate odors such as these. Hardwoods and laminate flooring are a good option for homes with pets.

Change Air Filters

Man changing an AC filter

Don’t forget about your air filters. Change them frequently to get fresh, quality air in your home. This will help with odors and make your AC run more effectively. It is recommended to change them once a month to once every three months based on the needs of your home. By following our tips you can be sure your home is smelling fresh in no time. If you need more information or help to restore your home after a disaster ServiceMaster Restoration is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It is our goal to get the job done successfully and properly, getting your life and property back to normal. Call us today at (704) 324-8528.