Some odors are harder to get rid of than others. When you have something like smoke odor, pet odors, or another tough odor, DIY solutions rarely work permanently. This is when you need to call in professional odor removal instead. Understanding the limits of DIY solutions helps you better understand when a professional is needed.
Check out this guide to learn when DIY is a great solution and when you should call the pros.
DIY Odor Removal
There are several different types of DIY odor-fighting solutions out there. Many of them work well for small needs and spaces. These DIY options do work, but they also have limitations. Those limitations are what you should be familiar with.
Here are a few common DIY solutions people use:
- Baking soda
- Carpet refreshers
- Coffee beans
- Homemade mixtures
These items can sometimes be combined. For example, a popular mixture is baking soda and vinegar. Some people also combine peroxide with baking soda to get rid of odors. You can even add essential oils to your mixture for an added fragrance.
The thing that all of these ingredients have in common is they are designed to absorb odor or neutralize odors. And they do work for spot treatments or small spaces.
You can put baking soda in the fridge to absorb food smells. You can freshen your home or treat a small area with any of these and have good luck for the most part. The most common and most reliable solutions from this list are baking soda and vinegar, or a mixture of these ingredients.
The Limitations of DIY Odor Solutions
While all of these are effective in their own ways, they do have limitations. You can use them for certain needs, but understanding the limitations is what is critical.
DIY solutions are more affordable, and you likely have some of the ingredients already in your pantry. The key difference between the odors that these solutions work for and tough odors is these are best for superficial odors. These odors are surface-level odors, so the removal process works fine for the surface in question.
Use these types of methods for a small odor issue or when you are deep cleaning and want to freshen things up a bit.
Professional Odor Removal
Professional odor removal stands apart in the sense that it is meant for larger or tougher odors. These are the odors you simply can’t seem to get rid of or the odors that are known to be challenging.
Here are some examples:
- Smoke odors
- Pet odors
- Tough food odors
- Diesel or gasoline odors
- Bacteria, mold, virus, or allergen odors
These are just a few examples, but many other odors would fall into this category. If you tried your DIY option and it helped for a little bit but then the odor came back, try professional odor help. If your odors are affecting a large room or even a full structure, you need professional help.
The big difference between these odors and the simple odors is that these are not superficial. They are not just affecting the surface area of your space. All of these odors are made worse by microparticles that seep into surfaces and materials in the space.
Pet odors will get into flooring, furniture, and more. Smoke odors will get into every surface, including structural materials like drywall. Because they are larger odors with deeper causes, they are much harder to get rid of.
ONEighty’s Approach to Odor Removal
At ONEighty Solutions, we have a specialized process that effectively removes even the toughest odors. Whether it’s pet odors, smoke odors, or something else that’s a challenge, our system works.
We use a process called BioSweep. This decontaminates materials, air, and surfaces to eradicate those particles and break down the molecules that make them so tough. It effectively eliminates these odors permanently rather than just providing temporary relief.
The benefit of BioSweep is that it fully decontaminates and sanitizes the space that is affected by odors. Since it tackles those nanoparticles and molecules, it fully removes the odor in question.
It’s an aggressive approach, which is why it is so effective for tough odors. It is also environmentally friendly and safe for your home or business space. Clean air and odor removal in one is certainly a win!
Call ONEighty Solutions for Professional Odor Removal
When those odors are tough, you can call us. We use state-of-the-art equipment to effectively and safely eradicate those odors and provide you with fresh air again. It’s cleanup and removal wrapped into a simple approach. We can remove those odors for you in no time.
Contact us today and let’s talk about your odor issues. We can provide a free estimate so you know exactly what to expect.