What’s that smell? No seriously, what’s that smell?? Have you ever come into your house from being outside and you suddenly are aware that your house smells less than fresh?
When we spend a lot of time indoors, we become desensitized to how our home may smell, but sometimes we are all too aware of the odors that are lingering in our living room.
There are many things that contribute to the odors in our homes, some good, some not so good. It’s the unpleasantly odiferous things that are less than desirable. The four most common sources of home odors are:
• Food and cooking: from fish and garlic to burned toast and spilled milk, food is one of the primary causes of household odors.
• Pets: pet cages, dirty pets, and pets that bring in mud and dirt from outdoors, as well as pet urine, feces, and kitty litter boxes are culprits that cause a smelly house.
• Mold and mildew: these can come from a humid basement where mildew can build up and start to smell bad, from dishwashers and washing machines that have mold hidden in them, and from leaking pipes and improperly cleaned up flood or water residue.
• Smoke: the lingering smell from cigarette, cigar, and pipe smoke as well as smoke from a fire or a grill or overcooked food can permeate your house.
All of these odor-causing agents leave bacteria in your carpets, which then leave your house smelling bad. Getting rid of the odor is essential, and there are a few essential elements to successful odor removal.
The first step is proper cleaning of your carpets. Fabrics and fibers are what catch and hold the odors in your home. Bacteria is what causes the smell to linger. Once the bacteria is eliminated, the odors will follow. Professional carpet cleaning can thoroughly remove the stains, food, animal waste, dirt, etc., from your carpet.
Cleaning will get out the dirt, but to really get out the smell, the enzymes that cause the odor must be eliminated. This is where professional deodorizer comes in. A reliable professional will use the right, quality deodorizer that will kill the bacteria, eliminate the enzymes, and get rid of the odors.
DIY deodorizer is inferior and can often act as a band aid. They make your house smell nice at first, but the odors will return and linger until properly treated. Professional deodorizer will help keep your carpets smelling fresh.
Wondering what that smell might be? Contact us for more information on cleaning and deodorizing your carpets.