Making your Home Feel Fresh
There is nothing quite as wonderful as walking into a house that feels and smells fresh. People who might be looking to buying your house will be be aware of every detail. Covering up an odor is not a solution- it often just adds to the sensory unpleasantness. There are many contributions to the smell of your house, both good and bad. The key is to increase the good smells and get rid of the bad smells. Here are some areas that might be overlooked.
The first thing you need to do to get rid of the bad smells is identifying the source of the smell and getting rid of it. Reading this, you might say to yourself, "Well, duh." Though this is an obvious conclusion it is often overlooked when people are trying to find a solution to the problem. Many people believe that air fresheners or candles will solve the problem. This is not the case. Taking air purifiers to the scent only gets rid of the results of a stench, not the source.
Different sources of smells could be pets, food, must, poor air circulation, old finishes, smoke, and others. If you can't find the source of the smell or if you don't notice a smell, ask a friend to help. You may be used to the smell and therefore desensitized to it.
If someone has ever smoked in the house, it is important to try to lessen the effects of that smell. Getting rid of cigarette smoking stench can be a difficult process. For heavy smokers, the smoke has probably gone into the duct system, and the paint on the walls. Deep cleaning is needed and repainting might be necessary, possibly more. If that doesn't work, you might need to invest in an ozone machine.
The next step is to clean--not just picking up clutter but deep cleaning. Vacuum and get your carpets cleaned. Carpets have a tendency to hold onto sources of smells, so it is essential to clean and freshen them. Also, wash everything. Wash things that you might not normally wash. Wash the most obscure corners all over the house.
Clean the light bulbs. Many people do not think to clean these but it is important to do so. Oil, dust, and dirt can pile up on light bulbs, and the heat and light only increases these smells. It's also a good idea to clean and change your filters in your cooling and heating systems.
Clean your utilities. Clean the inside of your dishwasher. You can do this by placing a cup with white vinegar and running through the cycle without dishes. This will help eliminate smells coming from the dishwasher. If this doesn't work, it's because there is mildew that has been built up on the inside of your dishwasher. If this is the case, then it's time for some good- old- fashioned elbow grease. If your washing machine is the source of stench, run a cycle with two cups of bleach and use warm water. If your garbage disposal is causing an undesired smell, drop small pieces of orange peel into the running disposal. If this doesn't eliminate the smell, use a half a cup of white vinegar as well. We promised some unique ideas, right.
As you finish making your house feel and smell as good as new, you will feel more prepared for others to enter your home. You will also feel increased confidence. There is nothing quite as wonderful as walking into a house that smells and feels fresh.