Cigarette smoke, food spills, and body oils can leave odors in carpets, upholstery, and even wood furniture. Most deodorizing products available in stores simply mask odors temporarily, but to remove the smell for good, you need to target the source and remove it completely. ServiceMaster of Baltimore can identify, remove, and prevent odors with our professional deodorization services. Learn more about how deodorization works and when it’s time to call a professional.
Finding the Source of the Odor
When you’re dealing with a persistent bad smell in your home or office, you first need to identify the source and remove it. Sometimes it’s obvious, like a tenant who smoked or had pets. Sometimes, however, the cause is harder to spot, especially to an untrained nose. Some common odor-causing problem areas include:
- Sewers, especially residual sewage gas
- Moisture from leaks or standing water
- Trash cans or dumpsters
Once you’ve found the source, you can start removing the odor and prevent it from causing more problems.
Difference Between DIY and Professional Deodorizers
Consumer products often mask the odor by neutralizing it or applying a different scent. Products like aerosol sprays for restrooms or fabric refreshers do not work against the odor-causing bacteria and usually only temporarily mask the problem. Many odors we find unpleasant are because of bacteria, so it’s important to maintain a clean environment to prevent foul odors. Cleaning and disinfecting an area usually eliminates odor problems in restrooms, but without proper maintenance, the odors can return.
Household items like baking soda can absorb and eliminate odors, but we know you can’t use baking soda everywhere. Sometimes, professional deodorizers are necessary to remove stubborn odor problems.
Professional odor removal involves steam, charcoal filters, HEPA vacuums, and other professional tools and techniques. Dealing with stubborn and potentially dangerous odors caused by smoke from a recent fire, mildew and mold, or sewage overflow should never be taken on alone. ServiceMaster of Baltimore’s technicians are certified in the proper techniques to remove odors for good and restore your space to a clean and healthy condition.
Professional Odor Removal in Baltimore, MD
Our technicians are on-call 24/7 to help you handle any disaster that comes your way. Call us at 410-780-1700 for an estimate.