Tips to Remove Unwelcome Household Odors

12 Tips to Remove Unwelcome Odors in the Home

image Household odors can be unpleasant, embarrassing and ultimately deteriorate your design investments. Our sense of smell is incredibly strong and has a powerful lasting memory – cooking, smoking, animals and even body odors are the usual culprits of odors, however, odors can be controlled and remedied. If you are buying or selling a home, entertaining guests or simply wanting to create a healthy environment for your family, AAA Carpet and Upholstery recommends the following tips to control odors and keep your house looking and smelling great:

  1. Clean kitchen fan/ventilation system after meals by washing filters in the dishwasher and replacing filters every six months
  2. Cook items that create strong odors and grease outside on the patio grill throughout the year to minimize odors
  3. Clean HVAC systems every six months – schedule cleanings when the clocks/seasons change every year
  4. In cold winter months, if you curl up with a blanket on the sofa each night, wash or dry clean blankets each week
  5. Air out your house – when you are cooking crack a window upstairs and downstairs to let the odor escape and let fresh air in
  6. For upholstery odors, try sprinkling baking soda thoroughly on fabric and vacuum the next day
  7. Train animals not to jump onto furniture, and provide them with an alternative cozy space like a dog bed, remember to wash or replace those items too
  8. Wash and groom pets on a monthly basis – oily coats transfer to furniture and drapery simply by rubbing against them
  9. Ask guests to refrain from smoking in your property
  10. Resist the urge to grab over the counter products that will simply mask the problem. Manufacturers like Febreeze and Lysol do a great job to market products with catchy jingles and commercials.  However, companies fail to disclose that their products actually trap dirt and even bugs into your textiles, causing the fibers to break down, weaken and fall apart.
  11. Every six to twelve months schedule an appointment with a professional cleaning provider to clean and sanitize your property. Your nose and textiles will thank you!
  12. Check with local companies to ask about on-site dry cleaning for upholstery and draperies, which eliminates the expense and time of removing draperies.

Locally, AAA Carpet and Upholstery’s state of the art technology is safe for fine fabrics, families and pets. AAA provides service throughout the entire Delaware Valley and is recommended by award winning design firms, visit our website for customer care information, or call us direct at 609-932-2296.

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