Four Sneaky Places to Deodorize Before Guests Arrive
There are many places in our homes that harbor odors some obvious and some not so obvious. Get your house smelling and feeling as fresh as possible by de-odorizing these four areas in the home.
Carpets are like giant sponges, they are very absorbent of almost everything they come in contact with including spills that have gone sour and cigarette smoke. If your home has ever had sort of a musty smell to it when you walk in the door, it could very well be that your carpets could use a professional deep cleaning. It is not very welcoming to walk into someone’s home and the first thing that greets you is a funky old, but the non-descript smell. Ideally, carpets should be professionally deep cleaned at least once a year to keep them in their best shape and get all the unreachable gunk out.
You can keep your carpets smelling fresh and odor free by sprinkling with a little bit of baking soda and allowing it to sit a few minutes and absorb the odors. For added freshness and a pleasant scent, you can also mix a few drops of essential oil in. Many people favor a lavender scent.
Just like your carpets, your soft fabric furniture absorbs smells from what it comes in contact with. Since furniture is made to be sat on, it can come in contact with some pretty stinky body parts. The best guarantee of odor-free furniture is professional upholstery cleaning. Did you know that all fabric furniture should be routinely vacuumed? Most people don’t do this, and that just like your carpet, with time stuff settles deep into the fibers even your vacuum can’t reach. So if you already aren’t cleaning your furniture it is well overdue for a professional cleaning.
Okay, so this one may not be so sneaky. We all know what goes on in the toilet and it is pretty obvious that the bowl can harbor some pretty yucky smells. Give your toilet a guest ready freshness with some simple vinegar just add a cup to the bowl and let it sit for five minutes then flush for a quick freshen up. If you need more than that grab a spray bottle and mix two cups water with two tablespoons baking soda once mixed add in two tablespoons of vinegar. Spray around the inside of the bowl let it do its job for about 20 mins and then scrub with a toilet brush. Add even more freshness with a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
From burnt stuff in the bottom of the oven to old stuff lingering in the garbage disposal to left behind odors of cooking there are many places that odors hang out in the kitchen. Take some preventative measures on keeping cooking smells at bay by placing a bowl of white vinegar on the stove while you cook to absorb smells. For oven smells place an oven-safe tray with vinegar inside the oven on a low temp to eliminate trapped and lingering smells.
Get rid of those pungent garbage disposal odors by sticking in some citrus peels (orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit) and grinding them up.
Looking for some professional help to clean your carpets in Everett or a surrounding city? Make an appointment with All Kleen.