So Your Home “Stinks” In SW Florida. Now What?

Are you “nose blind” to offensive odors in your home?

It is not just food, cigarette, and stale odors that turn guests and potential buyers off when visiting your home.  Pet dander and urine off-gassing are offensive to many people, particularly those with allergies, and having a “stinky home” can reduce the resale value by 29% or more.

In many instances, homeowners are nose blind to offensive odors in their homes because there around them all the time.  Similar to a smoker who can not smell cigarette odor in their house, those of us who own pets are no longer sensitive to their dander or little accidents here and there.

Professional stager Tori Toth of Stylish Stagers in New York City is the go-to person many successful realtors turn to when listing a home for sale.  Tori explains that no matter how successful the staging project if the home “stinks” it will not sell for the asking price, and in many instances, will sell significantly below what the homeowner has listed.

Regardless if you are getting ready to sell your home or just want to create an inviting space by reducing indoor air pollution and offensive odors, here are a few tips from our realtor friends and Stylish Staging.

Don’t Mask.  Treat

Odor is created by off-gassing bacteria and tar that attaches itself to ceilings, air ducts, walls, carpeting, furniture, and drapes.  Plug-in air fresheners, carpet deodorizing powders, air fresheners and the like will only temporarily mask the odor.  The offensive molecules are still there and will rear their ugly scents within 2-3 days.

To efficiently deal with odor and indoor air pollution, you must eliminate the source of the problem.

If your home is not subject to cigarette or offensive cooking odors and if pets have not used the carpeting and furniture as a public toilet, a professional allergen-free steam cleaning of the carpeting and upholstery using the appropriate cleaning enzymes will help eliminate most odors.  Professional carpet, tile, and upholstery cleaning companies such as Tru Clean have a host of products designed to help eliminate odor.

Ozone Treatment for “STINKY” Homes

If the home smells like cigarettes or has a stale smell, an Ozone treatment coupled with an enzymatic fogging can reverse offensive odor by eliminating the molecules causing the malodor.

Ozone removes odor by destroying the molecules, bacteria, and spores that cause unpleasant smells.

Without getting technical, Ozone is quick to chemically react with particles that come into contact with its gas.  Ozone attaches itself to offensive molecules and chemically changes their structure to create a non-offensive molecule that eliminates the odor.

Tru Clean’s ozone and odor treatment services are relied upon by leading realtors, interior designers, and hotels to rid premises of offensive odors.

Realtors may ask for an Ozone service for homes they have recently listed that smell like an ashtray, or are musty.  Hotels use Ozone services to rid rooms of cigarette and pet odors, and many homeowners and interior designers will ask for an Ozone treatment for a home that has a peculiar smell or just needs to be freshened up.

Tru-Clean Surface Care is a Certified Partner with the prestigious Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the International Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI).  In addition, we are A+ rated with the Better Business Bureau and a five-year-in-a-row-winner of the coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award.

For more information about Tru Clean Surface Care and our odor control services, please visit us online at or call us anytime at 239-541-4888.

If your home “stinks” give us a call anytime.

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