Eliminating Odors in your Home

Ashley Fuchs and Ron Behr. Source Material from - 9/24/2018

When it comes to odors, locate the source and remove it— Don’t Cover It!

Odors; They are everywhere. When pleasant, we might call them "scents.” When not-so-pleasant, we might call them MALODORS. Odors are caused by a variety of sources. Some odors are pleasant, welcoming, such as from a fresh-cut batch of flowers or a nice, home-cooked meal. Others are not pleasant, "malodorous,” such as from an unattended cat litter box or rotting garbage left too long in a trash bin.

An odor is caused by one or more volatilized chemical compounds that are generally found in low concentrations that humans and animals can perceive by their sense of smell.When we as humans smell something that is not appealing, our first reaction is to get rid of it as quickly as possible. Sometimes, the urge is to just cover it up. That can be a very bad idea as odors just keep getting worse and worse and you eventually have a difficult situation to deal with.
The first and most important step is to identify the type of odor and it's  source ,locating  protein based smells can be fairly easy such as bad or rotten food, vomit, feces ,urine however in heavy concentration can leach into building material and will need to be located then fully removed, trying to cover them will only work temporally then soon return . 
However, using over the counter products and cleaners will actually set the odor into your carpet or upholstery and sub-flooring, making it even harder to remove. 
You want your home to be neat, clean, and odor-free, except for odors (scents) that you introduce because they are pleasant and welcoming, such as air fresheners, perfumes, scented candles, etc. 

A rule of thumb is this: When it is clean and dry, there should be no odors. Your carpet, furniture and other absorbent materials in your home become soiled  over time and often collect odors from cooking proteins, lawn care products Salts, and driveway oils. Normal "dusty” odors are part of life. But with cleaning and routine chores, keep them manageable. But odors from urine, feces, body perspiration, and other similar sources are offensive and should be removed professionally.

All Service would like you to know that there are four principles to follow when it comes to keeping your home clean and odor-free. 

1)Remove the source that is causing the odor: When something is deposited, spilled, or has come into contact with a surface, the first step is to remove contamination. This means scraping, rinsing or otherwise removing any odor-causing sources. The sooner you do this, the easier the job will be. An example would be blotting and removing a fresh pet "accident”, as odors will quickly become worse over time. PLEASE DO NOT USE CARPET CLEANING PRODUCTS THAT ARE OVER THE COUNTER. They will not only set the stain into the carpet and padding, but it will not remove the odor long term. 

2)Clean affected areas: Call us to properly clean the affected areas: Once the source is removed, there is still some contamination on the surface. A thorough cleaning is important to remove any residual matter that can cause odors. Using our high powered steam cleaning that cleans your carpet at a very high heat, (if the surface can handle higher temperatures.) Some furniture fabrics are heat sensitive, for example. All Service specializes in properly cleaning all fabrics, so that there will be no damage while cleaning. 

3)Deodorize and disinfect: All Service works with several different products (many are green and all natural) that are specifically made to disinfect and deodorize different odors, depending on what the source of the odor is. This is an important final step to make sure that the source and affected areas of your odor is taken care of properly.  Our certified technicians will make sure that all of these steps are completed and that your carpet/upholstery gets back to looking AND smelling clean!

4)Replace affected building materials: Building materials left wet with high moisture content can start microbial growth and some can be toxic, organic volitional compounds will of gas odors that often smell dank and musty and will often be visible.

All Service, your favorite cleaning professionals, know how to clean and tackle tough odors. Let them do the dirty work. It pays to call All Service! 

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