When your home or office building is clean and contamination-free, you might not think too much about the way it smells. In many ways, this is a positive!
Unfortunately, the opposite can also hold true.
If your personal or professional space has been exposed to any sort of biohazard, an unpleasant odor can linger. This is true whether the scent is tied to an unattended death, animal waste, or even excessive hoarding.
Thankfully, there are a few proven steps that can provide the effective odor removal you need. Today, we’re sharing these procedures so you can restore your property and peace of mind.
1. Ventilate the Area
First, it’s important to thoroughly ventilate the area you’re trying to deodorize. Not only will this allow the scent to travel away from the property, but it will also introduce new, fresh air inside.
Begin by opening all doors, windows and other points of entry. To help expedite the odor removal process, you can also turn on ceiling fans or box fans, which can facilitate and improve air circulation.
2. Thoroughly Clean the Environment
Lingering odors are usually the result of unclean or unsanitary objects remaining inside the home or office. As soon as the area is properly ventilated, you can begin washing the environment. This might mean cleaning hardwood floors, carpet, furniture, or other household items.
In any case, there are a few universal guidelines to follow before you begin this part of the process.
Start by gathering the proper protective equipment you’ll need to clean. This includes:
- Safety gloves
- Safety goggles
- Disposable apron
- Face mask or respirator
In addition to preparing your own gear, you’ll also need to make sure you’ve gathered the right cleaning supplies. While each environment is different, it’s best to use a broad-spectrum, EPA-registered disinfectant product to combat the tough odor.
For more minor cleanups, you may be able to skip the disinfectant. In that case, a mixture of one part white vinegar to one part water can do the trick. Apply it to the surface, let it sit for a few minutes, and then wipe it clean with a microfiber cloth or lint-free rag.
One rule to remember? If you’re wiping down a surface, try to do so from the outside in. Moving from the inside out could spread the contaminant or cause it to become airborne.
3. Absorb Stubborn Smells
The environment might smell fresh immediately after you’ve disinfected your surfaces. However, you might notice that the offensive odors make a comeback a few hours later. To keep them away for good, you’ll need something to absorb the scent from the air.
If you’re trying an at-home approach, you can sit out a bowl of baking soda near the area you cleaned. Again, vinegar is also an appropriate substitute.
Keep the bowls out for as long as you need to in order to ensure the smell is permanently removed. As you place them, remember to keep them out of reach of pets and small children.
4. Check Your Ducts
Does the stench smell musty? If so, check your air vents. They could be contaminated with mold or other harmful bacteria.
If you’re unable to identify if mold is the culprit, it’s always smart to get a second opinion. Allowing mold to remain and recirculate through your home could pose a major health threat, leading to skin and respiratory conditions, among others.
Our team specializes in mold remediation and removal services. Recognized as one of the top experts of our kind in the U.S., we’re highly trained in identifying and taking care of mold as quickly and professionally as possible.
5. Hire Professional Odor Removal
If you’re holding your nose due to a common household issue, such as a mildewy dishwasher or dirty carpet, the steps above can be a good place to begin. However, there are many foul-smelling environments that are simply unsafe to handle yourself.
A crime scene cleanup is one of them. While you might want to handle this task on your own, there are myriad biohazards present that could pose a safety risk to you and your family. These include blood and bodily fluids, both of which could contain bloodborne pathogens.
Other potentially dangerous biohazards can be found in the following substances and environments:
- Rodent droppings
- Water-damaged properties
- Mold-damaged properties
- Drug labs
- Areas where tear gas was used
These hazards could occur at both residential and commercial properties. While it might be tempting to attempt to handle them yourself, it’s always best to trust a professional team like ours to take the reins. Here are a few reasons why.
State-of-the-Art Cleaning Products
At Spaulding Decon, we use advanced, proprietary cleaning products that you can’t find on the shelf of your local hardware store. More importantly, all of our team members are specially trained in how to use them safely and effectively.
All of our odor removal crews undergo intensive training to make sure they’re well-equipped to handle any kind of cleanup requirement.
This includes learning how to safely handle hazardous materials and pathogens in a manner that aligns with the guidelines set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Reputable, Trustworthy Company
There’s a reason why so many business owners and homeowners alike trust us to handle their most sensitive cleanup needs. Our company is licensed, insured and certified, so you never have to worry if your property is in capable hands.
We’re also compassionate and sympathetic to your needs, and here to help in any way we can. In addition to cleaning up your space and removing all odors, we can also help take other stressful burdens off your shoulders. These include contacting the insurance company, making funeral home arrangements, and working with the local police department as required.
Handle Odors the Safe and Smart Way
No one wants to live or work in a building that’s contaminated with an unpleasant odor. Regardless of what’s behind yours, we recommend hiring a professional cleanup crew to remove it for good.
When you trust our team of experts, you can rest assured that the odor won’t temporarily erased or masked. Rather, we’ll take the requisite steps necessary to thoroughly rid your property of any dangerous substances or contamination so you can breathe easy again.
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