Heavy Duty Removal of Stubborn Indoor Odours

Carpet cleaningIn many instances, removal of stubborn odours from your home is best done using non-chemical treatments such as using citruses, spices etc. Having said this, there are times when banishing bad smells from your place requires hands on approach, and more effort. Read on for some useful tips and advice on how to deal with stubborn smells lingering inside your home.


A well aerated premise is essential for removing sticky, stale odours. Before doing anything else, open the windows and doors so that air circulates freely in and out of the room.

-Remove Sources

It is very important to localise and isolate sources of bad smell such as dirty shoes, socks, undies or any other clothing. Check for any bits and pieces of old food dropped behind couches, under beds, behind curtains etc. If you keep a pet, check if your little friend hasn’t left you a yucky surprise somewhere around the room.

-Find and Remove Concealed Sources

If you have a central air conditioning and heating system, then you will have ducts running from the unit to each room of the property. Sometimes rodents or birds get stuck in the vents, a decaying mouse or sparrow in your central AC system means tons of bad smell. Check the vents and ducts as best you can and clean anything that might be stuck in there.


Carpet cleaningVacuuming is crucial for eradication of bad odours. Make sure to vacuum everything around the room including carpets, rugs, runners, upholsteries, possibly even curtains. For best results sprinkle a decent amount of baking soda or specially formulated carpet deodorant over surfaces you will be vacuuming. Let it soak in the smell for a little while and begin thorough vacuuming.

-Washing Hard Surfaces

Certain smells can seep into most surfaces if the problem is not addressed soon enough. Hard surfaces too accumulate some amount of odour. Hard surfaces however are washable so get cracking and clean your hard floors, gloss surfaces, oil painted wood work etc. Don’t wash plasters, low sheen interior paints or other porous surfaces. Instead use a dry sponge to wipe them down. This may seem unnecessary but freshly cleaned surfaces will reduce bad odours.

-The Carpet

The carpet is by far one of the biggest accumulators and emitters of bad indoor odours. In order to remove bad smells form the carpet you need to wash it. Washing carpets is best done by professionals, but you can apply certain superficial cleaning treatments yourself.

Cleaning after Pets

Pets CleaningPets provide for great companionship, but they also make a big mess sometimes. Pets will be pets, at the end of the day they are just animals, although domesticated. Cleaning up after pets at home can be a real nuisance, even frustrating at times. There are however ways to make the cleaning process more efficient and manageable for you and your budget.

Minimisation is the key

Most of the time, minimisation and prevention are the ways to keep the place free of any smells and stains. The cleaner pets you have the less cleaning you will have to do. Brush, groom and bath your pet animals as often as possible. This will reduce dust, dirt, grime, hair, saliva etc. littering your home.

The fur and hair battle

Pet hairs or fur (depending on what species and breed of animal you have) are a real problem to remove, especially from rugs and carpets. For this cleaning task, you will need a decent vacuum cleaner with the right nozzles. In this case you require a beater brush. Lifting hairs or fur from fabrics and upholsteries is better done using one of those special hair removal brushes – whichever kind you fancy.

Stain removal

Pets CleaningPets can sometimes do their business in the most unusual and unsuitable of places, even well-trained animals can venture off to a toilet spree in all the wrong places. So, stain removal should become your second nature. Pet urine stains are best diluted with warm water, then dabbed and lifted using an acid based solution. In other words dilute white vinegar in water and apply the solution to the urine stain.

*If the situation is not looking too good, enlist the help of a specially formulated enzyme/bacteria digester, these are found in most pet stores and work miracles on pet urine stains.

Old Stains

Stale, dried up stains are almost impossible to remove so it would be best to treat all staining as soon as physically possible. Pet urine, as well as excrement, saliva too sometimes can leave stubborn stains on some materials. In this case your best bet is to apply the enzyme digester mentioned above.

*Consider applying the white vinegar solution as well if the enzyme digester is not yielding the right results in about four or so hours after treating the surface


Cleaning up pet puke is trickier as the stain is acidic and it immediately affects dyes in carpets and fabrics. Dilute the stain ASAP, and apply proper carpet/fabric shampoo, worst case scenario – use warm fresh water.

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