Being Proactive in Odor-Elimination
A home is so much more than just a place that provides shelter for the people living in it. A home is a place of refuge and comfort – the place people run to when they need to just relax and recuperate from the stresses of life. So when any person thinks of home, that person will tend to associate it with positive things – childhood memories, fragrant rosebushes that line the garden, maybe even the delectable aroma of chocolate-glazed banana muffins.
People very rarely associate home with bad smells, because a house that reeks of foul odors isn’t exactly the best place to live in. Unfortunately, the truth is that odors can come from virtually anywhere in the house. A number of factors can increase their possibility, such as having house pets or having a lot of old things. However, most odors come from sources that can’t really be avoided. Regardless of where these foul odors come from, the important thing is for homeowners to be proactive in trying to eliminate them.
Prevention is Better Than Cure
In eliminating odors, the easiest way is to prevent them from happening in the first place. There are certain odors that can’t really be controlled, but there are a lot of odors that can be prevented. Nipping these odors in the bud before they get out of hand is the best way to eliminate them. Here are some simple practices that can save homeowners a lot of problems:
1) Regular (and thorough) cleaning
Regularly cleaning the house will prevent bad odors from developing. It’s also important that the cleaning is done thoroughly, because a lot of odors come from those tiny crevices and corners people usually miss. Cleaning the entire house is a must, but special attention should be given to odor-prone areas like the kitchen, dining room, toilets, and bedrooms. Thoroughly cleaning the house will also immediately alert homeowners of other possible odor sources like a leaky faucet or a dead rat.
2) Confining pets in certain areas of the house
There’s nothing wrong with keeping pets indoors, but there are places where they shouldn’t be allowed. Depending on the house, some areas will be very difficult to clean in case the pet makes a mess in it. Confining the pets into one area will also make maintenance a whole lot easier.
3) Smoking outside of the house
Cigarette smoke is not only absorbed by upholstery and fabric, it also seeps through the paint in walls and even the flooring. The odor also tends to stick, so the best way is to set rules and prohibit smoking indoors.
Prevention is indeed better than cure, but sometimes one can’t really prevent the existence of odors. In cases like these, there are available air fresheners and sprays that help neutralize these foul odors, and they come in various scents. There are also products that are capable of absorbing odors and not just masking them. Of course, turning the house upside down and scrubbing scrupulously can help as well.