If you're looking to sell your home or moving into a new one, one of the issues that might be troubling you is that of smells, odors, or just plain stenches. Usually when we live in an environment for a while we get used to the fragrance of it; but when we move to a new environment, the new aroma might be a little overwhelming and it just might make you sick.
There are many scents that can make a home seem unappealing to a prospective buyer or a new tenant. If a home stinks of pets, mildew, cooking, smoke, or teenagers' socks it will be far less inviting and can actually make you sick. To get rid of reeking residues, there are a number of strategies that you can utilize to banish them from your living space.
One of the largest retainers of fetid fumes is carpeting; because it's on the floor it collects spills and pet accidents which can make for some pungent putrescence. To eliminate malodorous musk from the carpet fibers there are a few things you can do. Soda water on a fresh accident can help dilute the stain; press a towel into it to soak up as much of the liquid as possible.
Liberal amounts of baking soda sprinkled over the carpet will absorb most any reek; if the entire room is rancid, sprinkle it over the entire carpet and furniture. For best results leave the soda for a few hours or overnight before vacuuming it up.
For a whole room funk, bowls of vinegar or charcoal briquettes can help by absorbing the odor out of the air. Fabric soften sheets can also be helpful; place them in problem areas like under the liner in garbage cans, in your teenager's shoes, or under the kitchen sink.
Thorough vacuuming of all carpets and furniture will help as well as a good thorough steam cleaning of all the textiles including drapes if they can handle it. Have drapes dry-cleaned if they are of the more elaborate type.
If you are suffering with the fragrance of a new home or new products in your home that may be out-gassing irritating fumes from plastics or adhesives, turn up your heat so that your house is warm and then open up all the windows to vent the causing chemical stink.
We've known for years that smell is related to emotion and that if a home smells inviting it leaves a better impression on prospective buyers. The first step in making those kinds of positive impressions is to remove the unpleasant odors and then build some pleasant ones in their place. Many permissions on home sales recommend that you bake cookies just before a showing or an open house to make your house smell good and help people make positive connections with your home!