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We’ve all been there. You may find that despite your loving efforts trying to arrange the best household for you and your children, and despite cleaning deeply each week, from time to time an unappealing scent can make its way into our homes or perhaps come from it. Sometimes, it can be hard to identify just what this scent is, and that in itself can be frustrating.
It’s not a matter of if you’ll experience this problem, but a matter of when. Only the most fumigated homes covered in dust sheets will be preserved, and even then, an undisturbed room can gain its own scent after a while. Thankfully, there’s no reason why you should feel like an inattentive homemaker if experiencing a smell like this, it simply means going down your list of options and striking possibilities from the solutions you could find. This post will serve as that kind of list for you, hopefully enabling you to identify the smells within your home and fix them without a great degree of stress.
From there, you can go back to curating the home you love. Please, consider:
The attic of your home can be a place for certain pests to inhabit. Bat droppings and living activity can have its own peculiar smell, and will often be signified by scratching noises late at night. While wasps and bees do not have particular hive smells, it can also be important to remove them. Additionally, roofing felt that has become damaged may start to grow mould or damp, and that in itself can be the start of a terrible leak or of its own damp smell, which spreads toxins around the area. As such, it’s best to inspect your attic at least once every couple of months to ensure you know what’s going on up there.
Under the floorboards can also be a problem. Pooled water from damaged insulation, dead pests such as mice or rats, and a lack of cleaning can itself over time culminates in a lack of hygiene and thus a smell. Does this mean you need to tear up your floorboards as part of your weekly clean? Of course not. But every six months or so it can be important to inspect the areas that you can, especially if you notice a strong smell.
A nice rug can be a great means in which to tie any room together, but it does require maintenance. Pets, children, or even your own feet over time can leave a distinct smell within the fabric, and while it may not be noticeable at first, you can be sure that it will grow over time. Even something such as a little milk spilt by your child can go unnoticed and then start to ‘pong’ after some time, which can be very distracting. It’s good practice to regularly clean this rug, not just vacuum, and you can do that with Devine Rug Care, specialists in helping you restore and clean your rug without damaging the beauty of its construction or dampening the colours on display. For such an affordable service, it is worth its weight in gold.
Damp can also be important to consider, not just in the attic or the shower, but also in the upper ceilings of your home. This is most often found in areas with poor ventilation, and so ensuring that a room has good airflow through using locked ventilation clips on your windows or using an air purifier can be important.
Damp, as explained before, can be quite a distinct smell, but it can also be useful, signifying the presence of moisture or negative airflow in a room. Unfortunately, it may be that reapplying the wallpaper, cutting the damp off at the source through excavation and cleaning or removing and reapplying tile to get at the damp underneath is needed. In essence, it’s not an easy job to click your fingers and achieve, but when you do take care of it, you will have learned a practical lesson in home maintenance.
If you think you smell damp, which often smells like mold or a heavy wetness in the property (you’ll know the stagnant smell when it’s there), it’s best to act quickly. If you have a degree of property maintenance skill, then you can often implement the best solution, but be sure to wear protective gear to protect you and your family from the toxins. Rubber gloves and dust or filtration masks can work well.
If living in a semi-rural or rural environment, there’s a good chance that your home is not connected to the full sewage pipeline often used by more built-up areas. This in itself requires your attention. A worthwhile septic tank is often used between one or more properties in order to help store and circumvent usual sewage drainage, but over time, if not emptied by a professional or if damaged by long periods of inattentiveness, a septic tank can spring a leak. We needn’t describe how this can be a problem.
Immediately calling up your sewage removal or septic tank maintenance service and scheduling a fix can be important. In the meantime, keeping the area contained can be important. When you do this, you can attend to the issue correctly.
We will not for a second tell you to take your trash out of the house, because you’re doing that anyway. However, ensuring that your local trash collection is being paid for, that your bins are presented in the right place at the right time each week, that you use compost at the end of the garden for biodegradables or that you recycle goods and ensure that no debris or foodstuffs are emptied in the incorrect place can help you ensure the best result in the final analysis, allowing your home to stay much more hygienic and without scent.
With this advice, we hope you can prevent or solve questionable odours that may spring up from time to time in the natural maintenance of a household.