Odor molecules are a part of a substance that is released into the air as a volatile vapor or gas. These airborne molecules trigger a person’s “sense” of smell and recognizes the “odor” and interprets it. It’s important to note that the perception of odor is highly subjective, can be perceived differently by different people and that people can become acclimated to odors in their home.
Cigarette smoke is extremely difficult to remove and it must be treated just like a fire in the home.
- EVERY surface must be aggressively cleaned
- Soft materials “should” be replaced
- HVAC ducts must be cleaned
- All walls and ceilings will need to be cleaned and sealed
- Use full array of systems (ozone, hydroxyl, etc.)
The best systems for intense odor removal in structures almost always require a combination of two or more techniques. Odor elimination should be done using proper equipment, tools, cleaning products and processes.
The following steps normally need to be done to successfully remove the odor:
- Physical removal of source material
- Cleaning is the first step in many processes!
- Chemical action to remove source material such as wet or dry fogging.
- Application of surface odor modifier (deodorizer)
The last step that may be necessary in extreme odor jobs is to apply a sealant. Sealants “lock in” any remaining odor into the surface of the material. Since the odor molecules cannot “escape” into the air, there is no perceived odor.
It should be noted that sealing only works after all possible materials have been removed. It is a very good process, but it is not “magic”.
Odor will not go away on its own and quick fixes, such as masking agents, are not the answer. Cross-contamination can occur to other areas of the home including the HVAC and air duct system.
Don’t let odor scare you away from a property!
If you are trying to sell a home, don’t be discouraged by odor or other issues. Odor can be remediated quickly and cost efficiently. Remediation gives the home a fresh clean smell thus increasing value and ability to sell quickly. Sage Restoration has a 100% success rate in odor elimination, mold remediation and more. We haven’t met a home we can’t ‘fix’.
Sage Restoration provides quick and efficient service to get your home sold as quickly as possible. For years, Sage Restoration has literally helped hundreds of home owners live in a clean and healthy home environment. If you have a property with an extreme odor, contact Sage Restoration today. #ServiceWithCompassion