Home Odor Removal Guide

Once you notice that your home is overwhelmed with persistent severe odors, what do you do about it? Many homeowners may spritz fabric refresher, open the windows, or light a few candles. However, there can be some smells from pets, smoke, or even mold and mildew that will be challenging to eliminate on your own. Rather than covering up stinky areas with perfumes and commercial products, hiring trained professionals who know how to tackle unwanted odors and freshen home interiors is often best. AdvantaClean has skilled technicians that understand how malodors impact your home and know all the best removal methods.

Understanding Common Foul Odor Causes

Each smell in your house – welcome and unwelcome – can be traced to a unique source. Some bad smells can indicate a problem that needs to be addressed. For example:

  • Just as soot residues after a fire can leave odors, cigarette smoke in the home can cause your interior to smell smoky. These unwanted scents can also impact the respiratory system, especially in individuals prone to allergies and asthma.
  • Pet odors may develop from compounded hair and dander in carpeting and upholstery, causing lingering odors and breathing concerns.
  • Mildew and mold are known for foul, musty odors and countless hazards from inhaling toxic spores.

It is often challenging to determine precisely where a smell is coming from if you are unsure what to look for. Whenever musty aromas are present, it is usually in an area with increased moisture or water damage. Look at areas known for higher humidity, including bathrooms and laundry rooms. 

Remember: Any cleaning solutions containing ammonia or bleach may produce harsh chemical scents. Always keep these products in a well-ventilated area to limit the smell and ensure no inhalation incidents occur. Avoid toxic vapors by never mixing these chemicals. 

Many HVAC systems could also generate unique aromas in your home. Be mindful of dirty or clogged vents, and always change your filters regularly to promote clean air circulation throughout all your rooms. 

Why Does My Home Smell Musty?

When your home has excess humidity or suffers water damage, musty odors are usually the result of mold. Such microbial growth thrives in warm, dark, damp spaces and brings a host of health risks. Some of the signs you or someone in your home is having issues with mildew and mold include:

  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Itchy eyes
  • Skin irritation

Helpful Tips if You Suspect Mold

Remember that mold is all around us, including the air we breathe and the clothing we wear. However, once spores reach unacceptable levels in your home, they present a health hazard. It would be best if you had AdvantaClean and our IICRC-certified technicians pinpoint the problem and provide trusted solutions for cleaning and any necessary restoration. In the meantime, we want all homeowners to know the following:

  • Microbial growth is often hidden, living behind walls, within carpeting, or in your HVAC system.
  • If you locate the affected area, do not disturb it and try to keep people and pets out of the room. 
  • Take the time to evaluate your ventilation system and consider using a dehumidifier to prevent future issues.

When it comes to black mold removal, there is more involved than using products to deodorize your home. Working with a trusted mold remediation company is the best way to ensure safe, efficient cleaning so you can breathe easily in your home once again. 

How AdvantaClean Addresses Odors in Your Home

Professional intervention is a wise way to get results if you have had a recent disaster in your home or started to notice smells that grew worse over time. Water damage often brings musty smells, while soot and fire damage can leave stubborn smoke odors. These are harmful, but AdvantaClean provides residential odor removal services and restoration protocols. Even the worst smell cannot withstand our industrial-grade equipment and proven methods. 

Our Odor Removal Process

We feature advanced restoration equipment and professional techniques to tackle any underlying odor causes in your home. Our technicians use processes and tools guaranteed to freshen your air, ridding your home of foul aromas. Our goal is to improve your IAQ–indoor air quality by taking steps such as:

  • Addressing the source of the smell
  • Providing surface residue cleaning
  • Recreating the condition that caused the odor
  • Sealing surfaces to encapsulate malodors

There are some instances where sprinkling baking soda on your carpet before vacuuming or opening your windows for fresh air will help to lessen odors. However, AdvantaClean is always available to dive deeper into strong odors to eliminate them from rooms with lingering smells. 

AdvantaClean has professional technicians well-versed in sanitizing and deodorization. Regardless of the odor source, we have solutions to match! Contact us at your convenience to learn more about our services or schedule a team for home odor removal.

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