After a few days out of the house on that nice getaway vacation, you come back home to a weird-smelling home. We’ve all been through this. It takes a few days out of the house for our bodies to forget the smell we’re so used to dwelling in and notice some other strange smells. The scariest part is that this smell is what other people smell when they come into your home, but we can’t always smell it ourselves!

This is called Nose Blindness.

But before you hurriedly start scrubbing down the house as soon as you drop your luggage on the floor, there are some pretty simple solutions to keeping your nose blind from hiding the smells in your home.

Take a little time before you leave for your vacation to make sure these areas are clean, so that next time you come home, you can rest, instead of clean.

Vacuum Regularly

Carpets, area rugs, and upholstery make a fabulous home for odor particles. Your vacuum will be the first carpet odor eliminator tool. Vacuuming these soft surfaces regularly will help manage those odors from the building, so you won’t have to call in professional odor removal services for your furniture, carpets, or rugs.

Setting the Thermostat

Bacteria thrive in the heat. So understandably, it’s not hard to get some bacteria-caused odors in your home in Phoenix right?

On top of that, most of us turn our thermostats up a few notches when we’re not home for several days, to save those energy dollars. It’s no wonder why odors in your home become more pronounced in your home while you’re away– there’s not as much circulation and it’s warmer than usual.

We suggest leaving the fans in the home running if you’re planning on turning the thermostat up while you’re away. This allows the air to move and circulate, so that bacteria can’t settle as much, leaving your home a bit stinky when you get home!

Cleaning the Cleaning Appliances

We often forget that the appliances and tools we use to keep the house clean, need to be cleaned themselves. Let’s be honest– when was the last time we cleaned the vacuum out? If you have to think about it, it’s been too long, my friend.

Here are a few tips to keep your various cleaning appliances, clean themselves:

  • Keep your dishwasher filter clean of debris. 
  • Wipe down the soft rubber surfaces of your washing machine.
  • Sanitize your washing machine regularly, depending on use– with a bit of bleach & hot water.
  • Change or wash mop heads with bleach.
  • Change/clean the filter in your vacuum. If possible, rinse out the dust canister with water and bleach and air dry before use.
  • Flush out your garbage disposal with some diluted vinegar and baking soda or some lemon juice.

See, not as bad as you thought right?

Let in Some Fresh Air

Your air intake filters live and breathe all of the odors and particles produced in your home. From food to sweat, pet dander, and mildew– it’s seen it all. You owe it to your house to make sure it’s breathing the freshest air possible!

How do you do this? Glad you asked.

Let a fresh breeze through your house by opening up the windows when the weather is mild (and pollen-free). It may not be the best odor eliminator, but it will help to freshen up and filter out the lingering carpet odor from the air.

Changing Air Filters

Hey, we know this is a no-brainer, but even the best of us forget to change our air filters as often as we should. In fact, the sanitation of our homes can sometimes depend on air filter maintenance!

Changing air filters every 3 months to aid the home in circulating air, can certainly minimize those odors while you’re away. This simple maintenance step can make a massive difference in both dust accumulation on carpets and upholstery as well as odor.

Clean The Air Ducts

It’s a question many of us ask ourselves: how often should I really be cleaning my air ducts? Have any of us ever really cleaned or had our air ducts professionally cleaned?

I for one, have not. But it’s an underrated step in the cleanliness of our homes! We recommend you clean your air ducts every 2 years to avoid any build-up that wasn’t caught by the air filters. It’s that extra house sanitation step that can help keep you wondering why your house smells after a peaceful vacation!

How To Get Rid of Carpet Odor : The Zerorez® Answer

If these tips don’t guide you on How To Get Rid of Carpet Odor, consider calling for professional living surfaces cleaning services brought to you by Zerorez® Phoenix!

The Zerorez® answer to cleaning a home before leaving it empty is our proprietary process that includes our non-toxic Zrwater®.

Our carpet cleaning pet stains and odor removal process will leave your carpets pet stain-free, or you can choose our furniture deep cleaning service to get out stains, dirt buildup, or pet odor. And we can even provide you with our “green” solution to cleaning your tile, countertops, glass surfaces, natural stone, and other hard floor surfaces to clean and keep them looking their best.

Need More Information? 

If these cleaning tips didn’t do it for you, or you’ve tried to cure your smelly carpet without avail, give us a call for a free professional estimate for your home.  Call Zerorez® Phoenix at (480) 507-2419 — or book a carpet cleaning appointment online.

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