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Removing Pesky Home Odors

Continuing on the theme we’ve been exploring throughout our past few articles, today we are going to speak once again on the troubling topic of home odors. Like we’ve written in the past, home odors are something that are hard to recognize for those living within the home, but they are something that will be immediately noticed by anyone who enters – especially by potential buyers.

As we’ve already discussed, the first line of defense against home odors is cleaning. Vacuum, open windows, change the air filter, dust, wipe down windows, shake out the rugs. This first step will help bring an initial jolt of freshness to the air and will help you discover if there are any more serious odor problems. Hopefully, all the house really needed was some sprucing up, and now that gusts of brisk air have washed out the miasma formed by time you can rest easy knowing that any potential buyers will be able to walk through and see your home for its true self, that is, unmarred by the distracting presence of strange or unpleasant odors.

BUT: It is also possible that you’ve done all the cleaning tasks and your house still has a, well, funky tang in the air. If this is the case, you might need to up the ante a little and intensify your treatment of the issue.


Rugs do many things. They brighten the home, they soften the ground, and they help muffle sound. They also trap odors. If you find that the unpleasant odors of your home are still present even after cleaning, then there is a good chance that your rugs have collected many smells that you no no longer want hanging around.

We’ve written about the importance of cleaning rugs before, and anyone who had the chance to read those articles will have a greater understanding of the various options one has when it comes to cleaning and maintaining them. Today, we will remind you that included in that list are such things as steam cleaning and chemical cleaning, both intensive processes which will require a financial investment but will also transform your rugs into something to be proud of.


It’s not often remembered that the paint, plaster, and drywall that surrounds you is also porous. This means that it can easily collect odors, especially ones that are constantly in the home. People who smoke within their houses, for instance, will have a very hard time removing the smell of nicotine and cigarettes from their walls.

If your walls are the cause of the noxious odors in your home, you will first want to clean them. Use a rag soaked in a cleaning solution of some kind – homemade or otherwise – and give all the walls a good scrubbing. If you can reach it, the ceiling should not be ignored in this process.

Other options when it comes to cleaning the walls are usually far more invasive, but if the smell persists, they can become increasingly appealing. These options range from hiring a team to professionally clean and scrub the walls all the way up to having the drywall in the home redone.

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