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4 Steps To Eliminate An Odor That's Permeating Your Home

Everywhere you go, there's that lingering odor. Perhaps you found and eliminated the root cause, be it a pet accident or some moldy wood, but the odor is still there throughout your entire home! This situation can be really frustrating because there's really nothing obvious to clean up. But rest assured — by following these four steps, you can eliminate a lingering odor that is permeating your home.

1. Change your air filter.

There is a chance that some of the odorous particles found their way into your home's air filter. Now each time the heat or air conditioning kicks on, the particles get spread throughout the home. This would explain why the odor seems to be everywhere! Thankfully, air filters are less than $5, and replacing yours should take less than five minutes. While you're at the store, pick up a second replacement air filter. You can change the filter a second time in a week or so when you're done following these other steps, giving you extra insurance against odors.

2. Clean the carpet.

Odorous particles can also settle into the carpet. While you might think vacuuming would remove these particles, this is not always the case. Some are sticky or feature a somewhat oily residue, which causes them to stick around in spite of the suction. Either have a carpet cleaning company come out to shampoo your carpets, or rent a shampooer and do it yourself. Just make sure you do this on a dry day so you can open the windows and air the house out afterwards.

3. Run a dehumidifier.

Odors of all types seem to linger more when your air is humid. So plug in a dehumidifier, and get your relative humidity down to about 45 percent. Do this after you clean the carpet for best results. If you do not have a dehumidifier, you can often find portable versions for around $100 at a home improvement store.

4. Sprinkle baking soda on surfaces.

If there are any soft surfaces that you cannot easily clean, such as sofas and plush chairs, sprinkle baking soda over those surfaces. The baking soda will absorb any moisture and the odorous particles. Let it sit for at least a day before vacuuming it up; two or three days is better if you can manage.

Hopefully after you follow these steps, your home is smelling a whole lot fresher.

Contact a company like PuroClean of Northwest Fort Worth for more information.