Regularly maintaining a clean house is no simple task, and there are many facets to address in order to reach satisfaction. One of the trickier aspects is tackling a persistent odor (or odors!), but fortunately there are a variety of ways this problem can be solved.
1 – Baking soda
Baking soda is a very simple but powerful agent for deodorization. As long as you use the appropriate type of cleaning tool with baking soda (a cloth versus a sponge, depending on the job), this substance will balance the pH and clean up just about any nasty smell in your house. Here are two examples:
- Coffee stains are an all-too-present difficulty, especially in kitchens and dining rooms, and an unwanted smell can often tag along. Baking soda is the go-to substance for these encounters, but for extra-stubborn stains, applying a touch of bleach to the dirty surface and rubbing until clean will take care of it. Have a small bucket of hot soapy water ready to follow up with, to prevent the wood or surface from fading further or deteriorating.
- Much more often than people realize, the source of relentless odors can be trashcans and refrigerators. Many people will use scented air fresheners in an attempt to dilute the smell, but this typically does not last beyond a few hours at best. Instead of just adding a layer of scented chemicals to the air near an odor, use some baking soda to kill negative odors. A small, open-top container of baking soda in the back of a fridge can consistently fight sour smells, and a light sprinkling of baking soda on the bottom of a trash can bag will do the same.
2 – Furnace filter
Your furnace is a piece of household equipment that is vital not only for water temperature, but the quality of air inside your home. Making sure that your furnace filter is changed regularly will reduce the levels of renegade bacteria and microbes floating through your house, help keep the air renewed and breathable, and maintain fresh, odor-free air.
3 – Pet odor
Pet stains are the one house cleaning problem that all homeowners wish they did not have, but fortunately there are some simple tactics for handling this headache. Urine spots from pets should first be blotted and diluted with a wet cloth. The area can then be cleaned using about a teaspoon of white vinegar mixed with about a quart of water. If the pet stain refuses to leave, or it is on a significantly more obstinate surface, consider hiring a professional cleaning service to address it.
4 – Smell of smoke
If you are trying to remove the smell of smoke from an item or a room, this can be one of the more challenging odors to combat. One of the first steps to take is to pinpoint the primary source of the odor and remove it from the room as soon as possible.
Once this has been done, spreading out small dishes of activated charcoal, vinegar or odor neutralizers will start to replace the smoke odor. Opening windows or doors and placing a fan near them, pushing the room’s air outward, will also circulate the air more heavily and assist in destroying dead pockets of air. For surfaces and materials that smoke can cling more strongly to, such as curtains and upholstery, a professional house cleaning service will have the equipment and experience to get the job done.
House cleaning can be very daunting, and requires an earnest investment. If you feel that handling everything is too much for you, we are here to help. Contact us today!