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Smelly House No More

A house should always smell welcoming and nice, if it doesn’t, then the cleaning routine should be checked.

The Power of Smell

When you first walk into a building, the thing you notice instantly is the way it smells. It is only later that you notice other things like the interiors, layout, furnishings, etc. If a place smells nice and pleasant one immediately has a positive attitude towards it. On the other hand, if it smells bad, then the association is an unpleasant one. Human’s naturally associate unpleasant smells with disease, death and lack of hygiene, so it is no surprise that no one wants to be in a house that smells off.

What Makes a House Stink?

There can be any number of things that can make a house stink. These can range from unclean garbage bins, dead and decaying organic matter, dried up or clogged drains, mould and fungus, sewer gas, dirty rugs and drapes, leakages in water and gas pipe lines, electric wiring, dirty pets, etc. Another culprit can be the building materials and paints that have been used in the house. Some building material can let out fumes and off-gas that can make a house stink and become unhealthy to live in. Whatever may be the reason for the stink in the house, it has to be eliminated for the house to be pleasant again to live in.

Getting to The Source of Bad Odors

No amount of room fresheners or incense sticks will make a house smell good unless the source of the odor is removed and the house has been treated for it. So, the first thing to eliminate bad odor is to identify it and then to find its source. Once the source has been discovered, then the problem that is causing the bad odor should be removed and the area treated so that the smell does not return. This is easier said than done, often the source of the problem is very hard to detect and you may have to call in experts to detect the problem and fix it. Especially if the problem is in the sewer lines, water pipe, electric ducts or air-conditioning ducts.

Identifying the Odors

As mentioned above one needs to identify the odor to discover its source. Different type of odors have different sources and one needs to be aware of them in order to sort out the problem.

Rotten Smell of a Dead Animal

This is unmistakable and often means that there is a dead animal somewhere in the house. Follow your nose to the area where it is strongest and look for something dead there. If you are lucky it may be a small animal like a rat or a mouse that has died behind a large piece of furniture. If you cannot find it in the open and the smell pervades the entire house, then the animal is probably in a duct somewhere and you will have to get a professional to look for it and remove it. Once you have detected the dead animal, remove it and clean the area with a disinfectant. If the animal was found on a rug, then you may have to have it cleaned.

If you require tips on cleaning a carpet, read the blog. There is a post on it that deals with the cleaning rugs. In case you find it too cumbersome to clean it yourself, there is always the option to hire a maid in Dubai or to engage cleaning services to come and give your home and rugs a thorough clean.

Smell of Poo and Pee

If you have pets at home it is quite possible that they may have toilet accidents. The same goes for young children especially if they are not in diapers all the time. This can lead to the house smelling of urine and feces. The smell most probably comes from the area where the accident happened. It is pretty easy to find the source, especially if it is on the floor. If it is on a rug or a sofa, then it is harder to detect and harder to clean. But unless all traces of the urine or fecal matter is removed, the smell will not dissipate. Our blog post on cleaning with baking soda deals with similar problems and you may want to read them in order to rid the rug or the furniture of the odor.

Smell of Decay

If there is a smell of decaying organic matter, then it means that your garbage can hasn’t been emptied or that it hasn’t been cleaned properly. If you have a garden then it could mean that there is a buildup of organic matter close to the house and this needs to be tackled immediately. Empty the garbage bin and clean it with vinegar and hot water. Leave it out in the sun to dry completely before bringing it in. If the smell is emanating from the garden, then remove all the dead leaves and other decaying plant matter and either put it in a compost pit or burn it. Open the windows in the house to let it ventilate and the smell to dilute.

Smell of Sewage

If the house starts to smell of sewage that could mean two things, either your p trap has dried up or is leaking or the gas pipes on your sewer lines are not functioning properly and the gas is being forced back inside the house. The p traps can dry out if the washbasin or the toilet hasn’t been used in a while. This can allow the gas that builds up in the sewer line to escape into the house causing it to stink. The best way to deal with it is to flush water into your washbasins, drains and toilets several times so that the traps are hydrated again and prevent the gas from entering the house. If the smell still pervades, then this could mean that there is a leak in the traps. You will need to hire a plumber to check it out and replace it. In case, the smell is due to inefficient ventilation in your sewer system, you will need to check the gas outlet pipe in your mains. If it is facing a direction of the prevailing winds, then the gas can be pushed back into the vents and will find an escape route inside the house. This may require a change in the direction of the vents or situating them higher than they are at present.

Smell of Mould and Damp

This is an unmistakable smell and mostly comes from areas that are damp and moist and are conducive to the growth of mold and mildew. You need to look through the house to find the areas that are damp and where mold may be growing, then it needs to be eliminated. The first thing to do is to find the source of the dampness and treat it. Then you need to treat the area for mould. This could be a messy job and some people are highly allergic to certain strains of fungi and mould. It is recommended that you hire a cleaning service. Dubai has many that specialize in cleaning up damp and mould. You can look one up on, the best domestic services aggregator in Dubai. You may compare cleaning companies prices and hire online cleaning service to come in and do the job for you.

If you live in a community near the sea, then you may require a dehumidifier in your home to deal with the dampness. Dubai is as it is quite humid, but the communities near the sea are even more humid and can suffer from problems of dampness and mould if proper care is not taken.

Smell of Rotten Eggs

This could mean a serious problem. This smell is mostly associated with cooking gas or propane. So if you smell rotten eggs in the house, and you are sure you do not have any real rotten eggs lurking in some hidden corner of your kitchen, then you should be alarmed. Open all the doors and windows, do not turn on or off any electrical appliances or switches. Do not cause a spark of any sort. Get out of the house and call the emergency services to come and fix the problem. If the water in your home smells of rotten eggs then the problem is simple – you need to change the anode rod of the water heater.

Keeping the house clean is one of the best ways of eliminating malodors within the house. There should be a proper schedule for cleaning everything in the house. The rugs, carpets, curtains, garbage cans, toilets, etc. all need to be taken care of to prevent them from smelling bad.

If you want more tips on how to keep your house clean and smelling pleasant, keep reading blog posts. We keep posting tips and tricks to keep your house scrupulously clean and smelling nice. Even if you hire a maid, or cleaning services in Dubai, you can still benefit from our tips on organic and nontoxic cleaning solutions.

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