Identifying and Ridding Your Home Of Bad Smells

//Identifying and Ridding Your Home Of Bad Smells

Identifying and Ridding Your Home Of Bad Smells

bad odorHave some lingering funky odors in your home?

Tough odors can be a pain to get rid of because often times they are hard to identify and pinpoint. Guests who walk into your home may be turned off by the smell of it and even though you may think your home smells great, to others, they may be able to notice it a little more prominently. The smell may be coming from a range of things, from animal odors to smelly carpets, mustiness to a general stale scent.

The Usual Suspects of Bad Odor

Rotting Food

Tucked away in the archives of your fridge or kitchen cupboards (especially at your workplace or office), may be old and rotting food that you’ve forgotten about.

On a weekly basis, homeowners should do a purge of their entire fridge, tossing away old and expired food before they start to grow mold. As soon as food begins to go moldy, the harsh smell infiltrates your home causing a rather unpleasant scent. Once you have cleared out your fridge, use distilled white vinegar and a soft cloth for a healthy and organic way to clean your fridge.


Pets are a major contributor to foul smells in the home.

Cat litter boxes give off an overwhelming odor if they are not changed frequently. If your pet has had an accident on your living room carpet, it’s important that you soak it up immediately in order to prevent the urine from seeping and setting in permanently. Use an enzyme removal agent as soon as possible as it contains a chemical that animals dislike, ensuring they don’t go again on the carpet.

Vacuuming daily and cleaning your countertops and dressers is a great way to keep the smell of animal odors at bay. At On Time Steam Cleaning, we use safe and effective steam cleaning methods to rid your surfaces of pet hair, dander, and stains.


Carpets can be a huge odor sponge because they easily soak up and retain odors. Ask about our NYC carpet cleaning services if your carpet is heavily soiled.

General Mustiness

Generally, musty smells are associated with moisture and dampness.

Water damage is the usually the main cause of bad smells throughout the home and it’s important to identify where the water is coming from in order to tackle it at its source. It’s not just enough to cover up the smell with cleaners and scented sprays, as these are simply a bandage method in solving the issue. Look in your home’s crawl spaces, attic, and basement in order to locate where the dampness is. It’s important to also keep your gutters clean, as water can accumulate and stand there for long periods time, eventually leaking into your home.

Learn more about our NYC water damage restoration services.

It’s important that homeowners open up their windows at least once a day in order to get rid of stale air and allow fresh air to fill their home. Although you can’t always have your home smelling fresh and clean, there are certain things you can do in order to prevent smells from forming, to begin with.

Professional Steam Cleaning Throughout New York City

OnTime Steam Cleaning can assist you in cleaning all areas of your home, including carpets, upholstery, tile and more. We use powerful steam cleaning machines to dissolve odors at their source, leaving you with a wonderfully smelling home. Contact us today for more information on our professional steam cleaning services in New York City and throughout the tri-state area.



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