How to get rid of odors in an apartment

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Agree, the problem of unpleasant odors in the apartment can be very disturbing. These odors can be divided into two categories: old ones that have already been absorbed, and new ones that are just beginning to spread. The first category may be more difficult to deal with, but we have solutions for both situations.

Most often people encounter problems such as:

  1. The smell of burning after a fire:
    • Decision: Cleaning the room from burning residues, using special odor absorbents, wiping surfaces with household reagents.
  2. Tobacco odors in the premises from smoking tenants:
    • Decision: Ventilation and airing, deep cleaning, use of odor eliminators and air fresheners.
  3. Animal odors:
    • Decision: Ground cleaning of the room, washing textiles, using odor eliminators, regular hygienic treatment.
  4. Smells of industrial waste or spoiled food:
    • Decision: Eliminating the source of odor, carrying out general cleaning, using air fragrances.
  5. Smell of mustiness and mold:
    • Decision: Fighting excess humidity, ventilating the room, using anti-mold agents.
  6. Plastic smell after repair:
    • Decision: Thorough cleaning of construction waste, ventilation, use of fragrances.
  7. Smell after death:
    • Decision: Professional cleaning of the premises, removal of the source of odor, use of odor elimination products.
  8. The smell after a pipeline or sewer break:
    • Decision: Repair of damaged pipes, sanitation and disinfection of premises, use of odor absorbents.

How to deal with “fresh” odors

Let’s face it, dealing with unpleasant odors in your apartment can be a challenge. This is especially true when faced with problems such as odors from spoiled food or pet urine. However, despite the difficulties, there are several proven methods to solve this problem.

  1. Vinegar lifehack:
    • If your furry friend has left a "surprise" on furniture or carpet, start by soaking the stain with vinegar. After the vinegar has been absorbed, vacuum the stain or wipe with a dry cloth. Next, mix 100 ml of hydrogen peroxide with water and liquid soap, spray on the stain and leave for several hours. Then remove the solution with a damp cloth. If necessary, repeat the treatment with vinegar solution.
  2. Lemon juice as an alternative:
    • If vinegar is not available, lemon juice can also help. Mix it with water and wipe the stain. Cats do not like the smell of citrus fruits, which can also serve as a preventive measure for your pet.
  3. Ozonation as an effective and safe solution:
    • For a more effective and environmentally friendly way to combat unpleasant odors, consider ozonation. This process converts oxygen into ozone, which destroys harmful organic compounds in the air, including odors. Ozonation not only masks, but also completely eliminates unpleasant odors, without requiring the use of chemicals. In addition, ozone helps fight dust, dust mites and mold spores, which is especially important for allergy sufferers.

Fighting old odors

This problem is most often faced by new owners of old apartments or careful and thrifty tenants. These apartments could belong to people who had lived in them for many years, elderly single people, families in difficult situations, as well as those who had an abundance of pets or abused alcohol and tobacco. As a result, each of them acquires its own characteristic aroma:

  • “Grandma’s” smell;
  • Smell of tobacco;
  • The ingrained smell of cat urine;
  • Specific odors of insects: our employees can already distinguish between “bedbug” and “cockroach”;
  • Smell of mustiness and mold;
  • Sometimes even corpse smells. Horror.

Coping with such a “legacy” is difficult and expensive; even ozonation can help only temporarily.

To rid your apartment of the old unpleasant smell forever, you will need a serious approach:

  • Get rid of old furniture and household items;
  • Remove wallpaper, clean walls, replace floors. This is especially important for apartments with wooden floors, since the subfloor can retain odors and long-term dirt, and rotting processes occur in it;
  • During the repair process, treat surfaces with an antiseptic and remove mold, if necessary.
How to Get Rid of Bad Smells in your Apartment


How to get rid of the smell of tobacco in an apartment?

To get rid of the smell of tobacco, ventilate the room, use air flavors or odor neutralizers. Regular cleaning and wiping of surfaces using special products can also help.

How to eliminate the smell of cat urine?

To combat the smell of cat urine, use vinegar, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide. Mix them in certain proportions, treat the stain, leave for several hours, then wash. Lemon juice can also be an effective remedy.

How to get rid of the smell of mold in an apartment?

Eliminate the source of moisture, ventilate the room, use air deodorizers with antimicrobial properties. Do a thorough cleaning, including removing visible mold stains. If necessary, contact a professional mold remediation service.

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