Completely removing unpleasant odors from a home can be challenging, but HVAC professionals typically have sophisticated equipment and processes that can handle the task. Odor removal usually consists of the following three steps:
- Cleaning- A thorough cleaning of a home will usually go a long way in removing odors. This cleaning should involve clearing any debris, trash, or damaged items from the home that could be causing a smell. If a carpet or furniture piece is so badly damaged that its odors cannot be removed, it has to be thrown away to get rid of unpleasant smells. Cleaning a home to remove odors usually involves disinfecting surfaces. Often, smells develop in a home because of bacterial growth or because of the presence of mold and mildew. A solution of bleach and water is usually one of the most effective solutions out there for disinfecting and cleaning odor-causing residue from a home's walls, baseboards, countertops, floors, and other surfaces.
- Airing out the property in question- Opening windows and allowing a home to air out also goes a long way in removing persistent odors. Of course, weather needs to cooperate for a home to be aired out in this way, because leaving windows open during rainy weather could allow moisture to penetrate the home and cause additional odor issues. After a home is cleaned and allowed to air out for a period of 24 hours or so, most of the odors should be gone.
- Deodorizing- The last step of removing odors from the home is applying any substances that have a deodorizing effect to surfaces. Any lingering odors could be gotten rid of with a substance such as baking soda, which is known for absorbing odors. Professional cleaners may use more sophisticated mixtures for deodorizing efforts, but baking soda is a simple, non-toxic, and highly effective option.