Although it may appear to be harmless, cigarette smoke contains many harmful compounds and can quickly invade every single surface in your home. What’s worse, smoke can persist, resulting in having to smell it whenever you enter a room. Is there any way to really get rid of smoke smells in your home? Yes; we’ll reveal how.
Solutions That Can Remove Smoke
There are a wide variety of ways to remove the smoke smell from your home; it just depends on how much effort you want to put into it. So here are some tried and tested methods, from hardest to easiest.
One method for removing smoke is as effective now as it ever was: plain old washing and scrubbing with some baking soda, peroxide, and vinegar solution. Baking soda remains an ideal abrasive and effective room freshener. Peroxide uses the power of hydrogen to eliminate odors as it safely brightens. Vinegar is yet another effective way to remove smoke.
When mixed together in equal parts, these ingredients can be used to remove both smoke smells and those yellow stains from walls, ceilings, and even upholstered furniture. For carpeting, sprinkle baking soda and wait 10 to 15 minutes before vacuuming.
Dusting certain items like knick-knacks in your home can also help. This is because when smoke residue is released into a room, it settles onto every single surface. Paying attention to small decorative pieces can have a big impact.
Steam cleaning is another terrific way to deep clean and disinfect furniture and other soft surfaces in your home that may have been invaded by smoke odor. Handheld steamers are available in every size.
To clean, simply fill the steamer with water, hold it a few inches away from the surface, and move it slowly across, up or down. If you prefer, you can also add some lavender, citrus, or another fragrant essential oil to the water for some extra cigarette smell fighting power if your machine okays its use.
Do the Laundry
For clothing and other items that have become smoky, a trip through the washing machine and dryer can eliminate the smell of smoke.
Instead of using high-perfume detergents, consider adding some cleaning vinegar and hydrogen peroxide to wash water along with natural detergent (like soap nuts) to help eliminate smells without added chemicals.
In the dryer, a few drops of lavender and citrus essential oils on a clean cloth is a simple dryer sheet that adds chemical-free scent.
If you have an air purifier system or furnace in your home, their filters can both trap and redistribute smelly smoke particles whenever those systems turn on. Swapping out those old air filters for new ones will make all the difference to your home’s overall freshness.
Open the Windows
Allowing fresh air and sunlight into your home by opening the windows is one of the easiest ways to get rid of smoke smell. Combined, the sun and air offer their own natural cleaning power.
It can help to keep the windows open as you clean to allow smoke particles to exit and fresh air to enter. You might also consider placing smoky items outside to remove odors.
Banish Smoke Smell the First Time, Every Time
If you think that all of the above smoke removal methods seem like a lot of work, you would be correct! Thankfully, there’s another method that doesn’t require you to do anything other than open a container.
The Power of Cl02
Cl02, otherwise known as chlorine dioxide, is a safe, powerful, and efficient eliminator of unwanted odors; just release it into the air, and the smells are gone. How is this possible? Cl02 gas quickly degrades in the presence of air. A byproduct of this degrading process is the release of oxygen, which immediately evicts smells from both hard and soft surfaces.
The benefits of Cl02 don’t stop there; even after it’s finished getting rid of smoke and other smells, it continues to degrade into saline solution, which is completely harmless and environmentally friendly to boot.
Cl02 is a popular choice for industry because it is capable of eliminating odors from large industrial spaces. Unfortunately, this is because large-scale applications were the only possibility. Now there is a way to get all of the benefits of Cl02 for your home.
Get Rid of Smoke Forever with Room Shocker from Biocide Systems
Smoke can sneak into your home, penetrating every surface so completely that you may think you’ll never get rid of it. Our team at Biocide Systems has developed the solution. This product not only works but will forever change the way you deal with the smell of smoke in your home.
We asked ourselves one question: How can we generate Cl02 on a small scale as it’s needed? Our Room Shocker product was the answer. Just open the package, leave it to sit, and eliminate the smell of smoke from your home forever. Guaranteed.
Just like a natural fumigator, Room Shocker penetrates surfaces instantly, vaporizing smoke molecules on contact over 400 square feet. What if you need more coverage than that? That’s no problem with our Home Cleanup Bundle, which contains four Room Shockers for a total of 1600 square feet of odor-blasting power!
Don’t settle for products and methods that merely cover or absorb odors from smoke; get all of the benefits of Room Shocker today!
Your dog’s hunting instinct is backed by millions of years of evolution, allowing them to sniff out just about any animal, but rooting out a skunk will more often than not result in getting sprayed. Knowing what to do when your dog is sprayed will save you lots of time and money on dog shampoo.
Don’t Let Them Come Inside
At the first detection of skunk spray, probably the most important thing to do, and the most effective way to keep skunk smell from getting into your home, is to keep your dog from coming inside.
Skunk spray is a very effective defense mechanism because of its strength. Not only is skunk spray oily, but compounds called thioacetates can keep that spray smell strong for up to one year! If you can smell it, that means the molecules are being released into the air. If this occurs in your home, those molecules will settle and remain on every surface.
Tip: Wear rubber gloves when handling your dog to prevent spray from getting on your hands.
Spot Treat, Don’t Soak
Your first instinct may be to soak your dog in water or tomato juice, but neither of these are good ideas because:
- Skunks will often spray into a predator’s eyes, nose, and face first
- Water can make skunk spray compounds much stronger and harder to remove
- Tomato juice will only mask, not eliminate skunk spray
The best things to do are:
- Check your dog’s eyes for redness and watering and flush them with cool water.
- Examine your dog for spots of strongest odor—these will be where they were sprayed initially. Address these spots first.
Make and Apply a De-Skunking Mixture
Skunk sprays occur quickly and unexpectedly, making it unlikely that you’ll already have a pet shampoo for skunk odor on hand. These skunk spray recipes can be made in minutes using products you probably already have in your kitchen and medicine cabinet.
1 tsp liquid dish soap
¼ cup baking soda
1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide (no stronger)
Combine ingredients in a full bucket of water.
2 parts water
1 part apple cider vinegar
Combine ingredients in a spray bottle.
Regardless of the mixture you’re using, you’ll want to work quickly, one section at a time.
- Keeping rubber gloves on, rub whatever mixture you’ve made into your dog’s fur, ensuring their entire coat is treated. Caution: never allow your dog to lick either mixture or allow it to get into their eyes.
- Leave the mixture to sit for 20 minutes.
- Wash your dog thoroughly with de-skunking shampoo, rinsing from front to back, and then down.
- Towel dry thoroughly.
You may need to repeat the entire process until the smell is completely eliminated.
Tip: If skunk oil gets on clothes, wash with regular laundry detergent and hydrogen peroxide in cold water.
Another Way to Remove Skunk Smell
Although the above recipes have worked for dog owners, they may not work the same way for every situation. For example, both vinegar and hydrogen peroxide are well-known skin irritants, and so they aren’t recommended for pets with sensitive skin.
As well, if you share your property with several skunks, the above methods can become labor-intensive. Is there another odor remover that eliminates skunk spray from your dog’s coat the first time? The answer is yes.
Chlorine dioxide (Cl02) is a chemical compound that breaks down and oxidizes odors. Because it degrades very quickly into saline solution, Cl02 is completely safe and non-toxic to humans, pets, and the environment.
Where to Get Cl02
In the past, chlorine dioxide was only able to be used on an industrial scale. This is because it wasn’t possible to apply it over small areas. As well, there was no way to make it instantly or on an as-needed basis.
We have developed a way to make Cl02 available on a small scale. We are Biocide Systems, and our innovative technology allows you to completely eliminate skunk smell from your dog, guaranteed!
Our DoggiCLEEN Skunk Spray is the choice for a growing number of pet owners because:
- It is 100% non-toxic and non-carcinogenic.
- It eliminates skunk spray odors immediately, with the first use.
- It is safe to use on dogs and cats.
- It is safe for humans and the environment.
DoggiCLEEN Skunk Spray is a two-part product, consisting of spray and activator. Simply mix right before you need it and apply—even to your dog’s face!
Don’t be caught off-guard by skunk spray ever again; learn more about DoggiCLEEN from Biocide Systems today!
Marijuana is sometimes referred to as “skunk weed” due to its pungent and persistent odor. Weed smell can permeate virtually every surface in your home, making it seemingly impossible to eliminate—but you can get rid of weed smell for good.
Understanding What’s Behind Weed Smell
In learning about the substances responsible for that strong smell, you can better understand how to eliminate it from your home. While each cannabis strain will have a different odor, all of them contain terpenes.
Terpenes are organic compounds. These compounds can be found everywhere in the plant world, but those found in the cannabis plant are highly concentrated. This is what causes the strong aroma. When marijuana burns, smoke is released. Smoke is an effective transporter of odors like terpenes, which themselves leave stubborn odor-causing residue.
What Are Some Safe Methods to Try?
The following natural suggestions for getting rid of weed smell may work for you:
- Opening the windows
- Burning candles or incense
- Using an essential oil diffuser
- Cleaning residue from the surfaces in your home
- Cooking spicy dishes or slightly burning popcorn or coffee beans
- Sprinkling baking soda
- Utilizing products made specifically for marijuana
This, along with turning on a fan to vent weed smell, is a conventional solution. That is, unless you are trying to do so in cooler temperatures or when it’s pouring rain outside. If you only smoke on warm and sunny days, letting fresh air in while blowing weed odors out can definitely make your home feel fresher.
Burning Candles or Incense
Candles, such as those made of beeswax or soy wax, are considered to be a safe way to mask the smell of weed because they don’t contain any chemicals. The same is true of incense, which is traditionally made of a combination of resins, wood, bark, and flowers. Burning candles and incense at the same time you smoke weed can help to mask and reduce the smell. However, they’ll only do so for as long as they burn.
Essential Oils Diffuser
Diffusing essential oils is another common chemical-free way to eliminate odors. Essential oils are extracted from flowers and plants and are highly concentrated. Diffusers gradually disperse essential oil molecules into the air. This can be done by dipping reed diffusers into the oils of your choice and placing them around the room.
Electric diffusers use water to disperse the scent in a subtle stream. Most of these can be left running until they’re empty, at which point they turn off by themselves. Despite the fact that these natural air fresheners release tiny molecules of scent into the air, they are often not enough to eliminate strong cannabis odors on their own.
Cleaning with natural products like white vinegar can control the amount of residue that settles onto surfaces and get rid of the smell of weed at the same time. Cleaning in itself is considered to be a good physical activity. This is especially true if you clean every time you smoke weed. Yet this is probably not something you want to do one or more times every day.
Certain foods and smells are effective at canceling out the smell of marijuana. A spicy chili has its own distinct odor, and the smell of slightly burned popcorn or coffee beans can quickly overcome any other scents that may be in the room. Of course, these can also be delicious snacks and drinks!
It’s important to be aware that food smells will permeate your space just as easily and thoroughly as the smell of marijuana. If you don’t like this, chances are that cooking won’t offer you the odor-eliminating solution you’re looking for.
Bags, containers, smoke-trapping devices, sprays, and air filters are all examples of products you can purchase that are made specifically for the purpose of eliminating weed smells from your home. If going this route, it’s important to conduct some research. How did these products work for customers and did they work all the time? Finding these and other answers will help you avoid wasting your hard-earned money.
Sodium bicarbonate is a well-known natural odor-removing agent that you may be using right now in your refrigerator. Baking soda works by absorbing and trapping unwanted odors. The great thing about it is that it can be used anywhere; you can even sprinkle it onto your carpet before vacuuming for added freshness.
As effective as it can be for removing odors, you will have to replace old baking soda with new every so often for continued odor elimination.
Eliminate Weed Smell Safely and for Good
All of the aforementioned solutions are things you can try to get rid of the weed odor in your home, but there is one method that completely gets rid of the pungent smell of mariijuana safely, each and every time you use it: chlorine dioxide, or Cl02.
What Is Chlorine Dioxide?
Cl02 is a gas, as well as a strong oxidizing agent. When released into the air, Cl02 degrades quickly and, as it does, it releases oxygen, which permanently neutralizes odors. Also, when Cl02 degrades, it does so quickly and into a completely harmless saline solution.
Chlorine dioxide was previously only available for industrial applications because the only way to generate and release this gas was to do so on a large scale. In addition, there was no way to generate Cl02 on a small-scale, as-needed basis. Until now.
Generate Cl02 Instantly, Anywhere
Biocide Systems has developed a solution that allows you to eliminate weed smell from your home with Cl02, in as many rooms as you need to, whenever you need to. We guarantee it.
Our Room Shocker is a quick release, eco-friendly odor eliminator that you can use in any room to eliminate weed odors. This product works just like a fumigator, instantly penetrating every surface to seek out and destroy marijuana and other odor-causing molecules.
Just one Room Shocker can completely eliminate odors in a space of 400 square feet. What do you do if you want to get rid of smells in all areas of your home? That’s exactly why we offer our Room Shocker in a convenient Home Cleanup Bundle.
The Home Cleanup Bundle 4-Pack provides enough odor-eliminating power for 1600 square feet. Simply place in any room, open the container, and let Room Shocker eliminate trapped odors from every surface, including ceilings, walls, and rugs!
Learn more about how Room Shocker from Biocide Systems eliminates weed smell for good, guaranteed.
Don’t Leave Skunk Smell for Long
Removal becomes harder the longer you wait. Therefore, you’ll want to start to eliminate the smell as quickly as possible after you notice it. Opening the windows right away will allow the scent to escape as you wash your pet or yourself.
If Your Pet Was Sprayed
Mix a solution of ¼ cup baking soda and 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap (citrus will cut grease) with 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Keeping it away from their eyes, lather the mixture on your pet and allow it to sit for five minutes before rinsing and washing with regular pet shampoo. You may need to repeat this procedure more than once, depending on the severity of smell. To guarantee that the smell comes off of your pet, use DoggiCLEEN Skunk Spray from Biocide Systems.
DoggiCLEEN Skunk Spray is 100% non-toxic and non-carcinogenic and is safe for both pets and people.
If You or Another Person Was Sprayed
Remove all clothing as soon as possible and place it into a garbage bag. Seal the bag and place it outside. Use grease-cutting dish soap or fragrant soap to wash the body. Wash hair with a shampoo formulated for oily hair or the pet solution above.
Soaking in a baking soda bath can also eliminate skunk smell from skin. Simply add two to four cups of baking soda to hot water, soak for 15 to 20 minutes, and rinse.
Removing Skunk Smell from Fabrics
If your furniture smells of skunk spray, you can remove the smell by using any household cleaner or regular laundry detergent, but test on an inconspicuous area first. Always ensure you’re wearing rubber gloves when handling or touching anything that’s been sprayed, as skunk spray can transfer to and be absorbed easily into the skin.
Grease-cutting dish soap can also be used. For clothing, the pet solution above can be poured into the washing machine with cool water. Bleach can be used for affected white or light clothing.
After washing, allow clothes to air dry; never place them in the dryer. Why? Because warm temperatures will not only cause the smell to intensify, but ensure it spreads around your home.
Eliminating Skunk Spray from the Air
Along with ensuring that all windows are open, vinegar is a natural product that can be very effective at neutralizing skunk smell. Cleaning vinegar is more concentrated, so it may be more effective when the smell is strongest. Simply pour vinegar into bowls and place around your home.
Activated charcoal can be yet another effective way to trap skunk spray odor. You can also use carbon filters to remove a skunk smell.
Skunk Odor Eliminators from Biocide Systems De-Skunk Your Home Immediately
The smell of skunk spray is potent, and it can permeate every area of your home, but it doesn’t have to when you choose the right product.
Chlorine dioxide or Cl02 is a strong oxidizer, using the oxygen in the air to eliminate, not mask, skunk smells. Unfortunately, Cl02 was unable to be generated instantly or on a small scale when needed. That is, until now!
Biocide Systems has developed technology that allows active chlorine dioxide to be generated immediately. What does this mean for getting rid of skunk smells? It means that as soon as you open or spray one of our products, the Cl02 gets to work right away at eliminating the smell of skunk spray at the molecular level. Other solutions like tomato juice or carbon filters only mask or trap odors.
Along with its unparalleled effectiveness, Cl02 is also completely safe and environmentally friendly, lasting only a couple of days before degrading into harmless saline solution.
This means that you can use all of our products without any worry that you or your pets will be harmed. However, you will want to ensure that rooms are not occupied while they’re being treated, as Cl02 does irritate the eyes and mucus membranes.
Look through our website for all of our skunk odor removers for rooms, pets, vehicles and much more.
There are many reasons that a cat may begin urinating in places other than their litter box. No matter why kitty does it, the strong smell of cat pee can soon permeate every nook and cranny of your home. Read on, and we’ll guide you through getting rid of this smell forever.
Before You Begin
There’s little doubt that getting rid of the cat urine smell in your home is a top priority; after all, you’re reading this guide! However, before you begin to do this, it’s important to rule out any serious health issues.
Contrary to what some believe, cats do not exhibit this behavior because they want to exact some sort of revenge. Cats will urinate outside their litter box if they have experienced pain while urinating in the box. They associate the litter box with pain.
Painful urination can occur as the result of a blockage, which is an emergency situation that can place your cat’s life in serious danger if not treated immediately.
Your cat may also be urinating outside the litter box as a response to stress or because they have an undiagnosed infection or condition like kidney disease or hyperthyroidism. Regardless, it’s important to see the vet as soon as possible so that kitty can get a thorough check-up.
What Makes Cat Pee Smell So Bad?
After your kitty has peed in the house, over time the bacteria in their urine will die and give off an odor that smells like ammonia. Left for even longer, cat urine will begin to emit smelly compounds called mercaptans, which will only make the smell more pervasive.
Bad-smelling urine can also be the result if your cat is older or is a male cat who hasn’t been fixed. It’s for all of these reasons that removing the strong smell should be done as soon as you’ve found the source.
The Best Ways to Remove Urine
You’ll need to ensure you’ve removed as much urine as possible, so grab a rag and use cold water to wet the spot. Then, blot—never scrub—it. Don’t ever wash urine-stained clothing in hot water in your washing machine or use a steam cleaner, as both of these will only cause the smell to spread and intensify. Instead, wash in cool water with a quarter cup of vinegar and a cup of baking soda, and let air dry.
Next, you can try the following cat pee smell elimination solutions:
- Vinegar and water
- Baking soda
- Dish soap
- Floor cleaner
- Use a biocide pet odor eliminator
Vinegar and Water
Combine white or apple cider vinegar with water in a 1:1 ratio. Spray or soak the urine spot with this solution and let sit for up to five minutes. Blot with a paper towel or clean rag, repeat until the smell is gone, and then allow to air dry.
Baking soda is famous for neutralizing odors. After you’ve finished soaking and blotting using vinegar and water, sprinkle the area with baking soda. This will ensure that any odors left behind on floors or carpet are eliminated over time.
Ideal for cat pee spots on hard floors, dish soap can be all you need to get rid of the smell. Mix one tablespoon of soap into two cups of cool water. Then soak a clean cloth in the solution and wipe the spot as many times as is needed. Here, again, you can sprinkle baking soda over the area for long-term odor fighting.
Hardwood floor cleaner can be another way to get rid of cat urine on hard surfaces. Just mix according to the instructions on the bottle, soak a clean cloth, and wipe.
Biocide Pet Odor Eliminator
In order to eliminate the smell of cat urine from your home, it’s important to be able to eliminate the urine completely. The only way to do this is to oxidize odor molecules. It must be done in a way that is completely safe for you and your cat.
How Does Biocide Pet Odor Eliminator Work?
The vapor of biocide pet odor eliminators reach and penetrate every surface where odor is lurking. This vapor contains chlorine dioxide or Cl02. Cl02 is positively charged, meaning it is attracted to negatively charged odor molecules.
Chlorine dioxide is by no means a new invention. Discovered in 1811, it’s now used to treat many food products, including poultry and fish.
Remove Cat Urine Smells Effectively with Pet Odor Exterminator
Biocide Systems has revolutionized the pet odor elimination industry by making it possible to generate Cl02 instantly and exactly when you need it the most. Just spray any of our odor elimination products onto a surface or into a room for a deep clean. Then be amazed at how quickly and effectively odors are banished from every surface!
The best part is that you and your pet benefit from effective and complete odor elimination every single time, and without having to use chemicals. After you apply our Pet Odor Exterminator and the odors are gone, the Cl02 will quickly break down into completely harmless salt water.
Because our products don’t mask smells, the smell of cat urine will not return after you’ve treated an area with Biocide Systems Pet Odor Exterminator; once it’s gone, it’s gone.
At Biocide Systems, you benefit from the odor-eliminating power of Cl02, no matter whether you’re using our products in your home, boat, vehicle, or RV. You love your cat, but that doesn’t mean that you have to live with urine odor in your home! Learn more about our line of Pet Odor Eliminators, and then order with confidence online or by calling 877-792-4624 today.
The smell of mothballs is distinctive and long lasting by design. Mothballs have traditionally been used to store clothes and furniture and protect them from being destroyed by moths and other insects. You might not even know the strong odor comes from mothballs, but simply associate mothball scent with old houses and items from thrift stores.
While you are probably here because you are wondering how to get rid of mothball smells in rooms, clothing, or furniture, mothballs are not all bad. In fact, these early pesticide pellets are the reason many antiques, handmade tablecloths, and grandmother’s wedding dress still exist.
What Are Mothballs?
Mothballs are a chunk or ball made of chemicals that repel moths and their larvae, as well as other insects that might destroy fabrics. They are also sometimes used to keep insects and rodents out of closets, attics, and basements. They slowly release a vapor that is toxic to insects and can also be harmful to pets and humans in large doses.
Mothballs dissipate with exposure to air, taking 3-6 months to dissolve in the open air and up to a year inside a box or under a seat cushion. Mothball odors saturate the fibers and persist long after the pellet is gone or you have removed the mothballs.
Why Do Mothballs Smell so Bad?
Mothballs are made from powerful chemicals, usually naphthalene. Newer formulations might use paradichlorobenzene. Both of these are poisonous chemicals and potential carcinogens. Naphthalene is also found in tobacco smoke, wood preservatives, leather tanning solutions, dyes, coal, and tar.
You might even be told that carpet needs to be ripped up or that an antique sofa cannot be saved because removing mothball odor can be so difficult. Getting rid of the mothball scent is challenging, but there are several methods that are effective at removing the smell once and for all.
Removing Mothball Smell from Clothing
Clothing, bedding, or linens that have been stored with mothballs can be hung out in the sun, allowing fresh air to help dissipate the worst of the smell. Then wash the items in warm water, by hand, or in a washing machine, adding one cup of white vinegar to the wash water.
Putting those deodorized clothes back into drawers or a closet that still smells of mothballs will allow the scent to seep back in. Washing with vinegar may be effective on a single inherited or thrift store fabric item, but if you need to remove mothball smells from the places you store your clothes, you may need a surface treatment and/or a powerful room deodorizer.
Removing Mothball Smell from Furniture
Mothball odor can permeate not only the fabric of furniture, but even the wood surfaces. Furniture or large items that have been in storage with mothballs will need a surface treatment, assuming the entire room does not need an odor eliminator. To effectively treat furniture:
- Remove any remaining mothballs.
- Move the piece to a well-ventilated area.
- Wipe with vinegar and water.
- Sprinkle with baking soda if odor persists.
- Fill drawers and cavities with bowls of coffee grounds or cedar chips.
- Or, treat with Liquid Shocker, an environmentally safe ClO2 product that can eliminate mothball odor the first time on both fabric and hard surfaces.
Removing Mothball Smell from Rooms, Closets, or Your Home
Maybe you have purchased, inherited, or are renting a home that smells of mothballs. A single room might be affected, or an entire building. You can get rid of the smell of mothballs from your home by:
- Keeping windows open and using fans to fully ventilate your home
- Putting out trays of activated charcoal, coffee grounds, or cedar
- Using scented candles, essential oils, or air fresheners to mask the smell while it dissipates
- Treating individual rooms or your entire home with Room Shocker to fully eliminate the chemical odor of mothballs
How Do Room Shocker and Liquid Shocker Eliminate Mothball Odors?
Odor removal is a chemical process. Room Shocker from Biocide Systems uses power ClO2 vapors to reach the source of the smell and interact with the odor molecules, breaking them apart. After a single 24-hour treatment in a closed room, with open drawers and closets, Room Shocker can destroy the cause of mothball odor.
Room Shocker is the answer to any offensive odor that has soaked into your fabrics and surfaces. Products are available for vehicles, RV’s, and home use. This ClO2 odor eliminator:
- Works in as little as 4-24 hours
- Is environmentally friendly and safe when used according to instructions
- Is activated with warm water making it easy to use
- Completely eliminates odors in rooms up to 400 square feet
- Removes both organic and chemical odors completely
- Leaves behind a slight chlorine smell that dissipates when the room is ventilated
Browse the complete line of ClO2 odor-eliminating products from Biocide Systems and find the answers to all the offensive odors you face!
Homes and apartments have an unfortunate tendency to collect all kinds of odors. Cigarette smoke, molds, pet urine, spoiled food—these are just a few of the unsavory smells that can infest our living spaces. All these odors aren’t just annoying to you and your visitors, they can even contribute to respiratory problems. And the problem of foul odors doesn’t end when we go out. Cars, boats, and office rooms are equally capable of harboring stench.
What can be done about all these odors? There is certainly no shortage of solutions on the marketplace. You can find plenty of sprays, gels, filters, and other products that promise to get rid of smells once and for all. But it’s important to realize that not all of these products are equally effective.
A common problem with “odor-eliminating” products is that they don’t actually eliminate odors—they only cover them up, and often very ineffectively. What you need is a true odor eliminator that attacks the issue at its source. Biocide Systems' Bio-Shocker™ products, which rely on the power of chlorine dioxide (ClO2), do just that. They’re also free of the safety hazards that plague many conventional odor-elimination products.
We at Biocide Systems have prepared this simple infographic that explains how our ClO2-based solutions work, and why alternative odor-fighting products can’t compete.Click below to embed this infographic into your website:
Many people purchase an investment property with the intention of renting it to good tenants. Whether you manage one rental property or one hundred, the basic steps to responsible rental management are the same.
If you are interested in learning how to manage rental property or improve your property management skills, this guide will cover the basics of managing a rental and help you avoid the common pitfalls.
1. Buy and Repair a Suitable Rental Property
If you don’t already own the property you plan to rent, then you will need to purchase one and bring it up to code. Check local landlord-tenant laws to determine what improvements you will need to make. Making basic repairs, cleaning thoroughly, and dealing with any odor problems are the first steps to a profitable future.
You may need to use a professional-grade product to eliminate lingering odors before you show your rental property to prospective tenants. Using the apartment managers bundle from Biocide Systems, you can remove tough and offensive odors like these:
- Garbage or rotten food
- Pet odors
- Strong spice or cooking odors
- Cigarette or marijuanna smoke
- Mold or mildew
- Odors from fire or flood damage
2. Set a Rental Price and Market Your Property
Most property management companies perform a market analysis to set the rental rate for a particular property. You can do your own analysis of rentals available in your area, taking into account location, amenities, and recent remodeling to set your property apart.
Once you have set a fair price, get the word out on social media, local papers, and real estate websites. If you are targeting a specific group of renters, like college students, focus your marketing where they are likely to see it on campus or in an online search.
3. Screen Potential Tenants Carefully
Make yourself aware of fair housing laws and plan to screen potential tenants carefully while avoiding any discriminatory practices. You can use these methods to find out more about the people who want to rent your property:
- Credit checks
- Background checks
- Rental history
- Employment history
- Personal references
- Interview questions
4. Have a Complete Set of Rental Documents Signed
When you manage properties for rent, you will need certain legal agreements signed in order to protect your rights as the landlord. You will need a lease agreement that clearly outlines:
- The length of the lease period and how it is renewed
- Which individuals are allowed to inhabit the property
- Whether pets are allowed and under what conditions
- The amount of the security deposit and the requirements for its return
- Whether the tenant may sublet the property or have residents onsite who are not listed on the lease
- How disputes will be settled and under what circumstances the tenant can be evicted
5. Streamline Finances and Communication
You will need to keep in touch with tenants and manage their requests. In some cases, new landlords have hired a property manager to help them get started.
If you have many properties to manage, you might consider a tenant portal to make it easier for your renters to perform these functions:
- Report and track maintenance issues.
- Pay rent, pet fees, or security deposits online.
- Set up auto-payments or pay by credit card.
- Extend their lease or move to another property you own.
6. Manage Tenant Moves and Turnover
It is important to remember that you will not just be managing properties but managing tenants as well. Good tenants will still want to move eventually, and you may have to evict tenants who break their lease agreements or engage in illegal activities on your properties.
Whenever a tenant moves out, you will need to perform a property inspection and carefully document any damage to the property that will result in a reduced security deposit being returned. A complete cleaning, deodorizing, and carpet shampoo is usually required to get a rental back into showable condition.
7. Protect Your Investment by Maintaining Your Properties
There are many reasons to keep your rental properties in the best possible condition. You have a legal responsibility to maintain a habitable property for your tenants. To keep the best tenants, you will need to provide the best quality rental.
Encourage your renters to report anything that needs repair, thank them for doing so, and take care of maintenance issues quickly and correctly. Make sure you visit and inspect properties on a regular basis to look for problems, with proper notice to your tenants.
Perform these regular maintenance chores to protect your investment:
- Install physical and electronic security systems to protect the property from break-ins, keep your tenants safe, and protect vacant properties until they are rented.
- Maintain alarms, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Maintain landscaping and lawns, clean gutters, check for storm damage.
- Provide pest control services for termites and other pests that damage property.
- Provide fire extinguishers and other safety equipment tenants can use in an emergency.
- Change air filters and furnace filters and check for mold or water leaks at least once a year.
- Maintain and replace major appliances to prevent damage to floors or odor problems.
8. Keep Your Financial Houses in Order
Managing rental properties is a business, and tenants are your customers. You should plan on maintaining detailed financial records and doing some intensive monthly bookkeeping. To maximize profits and keep your business growing, manage these financial factors carefully:
- Keep rental rates in line with the local market, raising them when necessary.
- Collect rent, security deposits, late fees, and other income promptly.
- Budget for regular maintenance and appliance replacement.
- File taxes and track all property expenses.
- Plan for vacancies and the costs of finding new tenants when existing ones move out.
- Maintain insurance to cover unexpected property damages or liability claims.
- Consider incentives for loyal and responsible tenants, such as gift cards from local businesses, pet rent paybacks, and other considerations that will help you keep the right tenants long term.
Keeping Rental Properties Clean and Fresh
Spraying some air freshener or baking some cookies is often not enough to get rid of lingering odors in rental homes and apartments. One reliable way to remove all of those offensive odors—including pet, smoke, decay, or mildew smells—from your property is the Room Shocker from Biocide Systems in our apartment managers bundle.
Because it works like a fumigation bomb, the room shocker uses safe and effective CIO2 to remove odor-causing molecules in a single application. It is biodegradable, safe for the environment, and leaves no dangerous residues behind—just a clean and fresh-smelling home ready for your tenants to rave about.
Usually, when you think of something smelling badly of skunk, you think of your pet or an area outside of your home. But when a skunk sprays, the odor is extremely strong, and if it’s particularly strong outside of your home, the smell of skunk can quickly get inside your house too. And, if your pet gets sprayed by a skunk and then comes inside, they may leave that unpleasant odor inside long after they’ve left again.
Skunk smell is different from other unpleasant smells in your home. That’s partly because it is so strong, and so difficult to live with. Skunk smell is also different because you don’t need to find the source of the smell to eliminate the skunk smell. It doesn’t really matter how it got in, once it’s there you need to remove that skunk smell from your house! There are a few things you can do to try and get it out, but you’ll probably need to turn to a professional solution to remove all of the skunk smell.
Start by opening all of the windows that you can and getting as much fresh air as possible into the house. Turning on a few fans will help remove the skunk smell from the home and bring in even more air from outside. But because skunk smell is so strong, you’ll most likely also need to give your walls and furniture a thorough cleaning. Walls can be cleaned with a mixture of either water and bleach or water and vinegar; and furniture can be sprinkled with talcum powder, which can then be vacuumed up afterward. Fabric spray also works very well on furniture and will help to eliminate skunk smell.
Even after you’ve gone to all the trouble of cleaning your furniture and washing your walls, you may find that the skunk smell is still hanging in the air. Or, you might just not want to go to all the time and trouble of thoroughly cleaning your entire house. In these cases, a product such as our Room Shocker Quick Release (https://www.biocidesystems.com/products/room-shocker-clo2-odor-eliminator-quick-release-vapor) can quickly eliminate skunk odor from your home in as little as 24 hours. You won’t have to do anything more than place a packet in a cup of water and then leave the room for the product to do all the hard work for you!
The best thing about using our Room Shocker Quick Release to eliminate skunk odor from your home is that it gets rid of the smell, and any toxic substances that may have also come into the home through the skunk’s spray. So you can be sure that you’re not only breathing better smelling air, but healthier air too!
Have you ever accidently left the windows down in your car before a rainstorm? If you notice that your car is starting to smell musty, it’s a good idea to get rid of the odor fast. There are many sources of strong and unpleasant odors in the car, including smoking. If you’ve got that unmistakable mildew smell in a car, there is an easy and quick solution to your odor problem. Biocide Systems makes a number of products that are effective at eliminating the bad smells in your car. Bio-Shock™ your car and you’ll find that your odor problems are gone in just a few short hours.
You can use the Auto Shocker™ from Biocide Systems to get rid of all sorts of bad car smells. You can use it for removing the smoke smell from a car, the odor left behind by pets, or any other pervasive or bad smell that you don’t want to deal with on a regular basis. There’s no odor that Biocide Systems products can’t deal with. Permanently eliminate the odors in your life with the Room and Auto Shocker™. Whether you ran over a skunk or have mildew growing in your car, the smells that they produce can be easily eliminated with these safe and effective products.
Biocide Systems develops and sells the best in odor eliminating products for the home and car. There’s no bad smell that can stand up to the power of odor eliminating products from Biocide Systems. Car odor removal is easy with Auto Shocker™. All you have to do is set it the car and a few hours later, the odors have been eliminated, leaving your car smelling better than ever. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about these wonderful products, give us a call at 877-792-4624 today! Our friendly sales representatives are standing by to take your calls.
Spilled coffee is the last thing on your mind when you find yourself rushing out the door in the mornings with your travel mug. After all, you have a gazillion other things to worry about! Once spilled, however, coffee can turn into a horrible odor that stinks up your trusty ol’ vehicle rather quickly.
Other smells that could linger in your car may originate from your sick child throwing up as you rush them to a doctor’s appointment, or the smell of cigarette smoke that remains persevering in your vehicle.
This article is all about helping you eliminate such odors and gaining that new car smell again. The first step to do so is to isolate the odors. There are two types of smells that your vehicle may be harboring – ones that come from the obvious sources and the ones that do not!
Often, we do not think much about the odors and simply use an air freshener to manage the stench. Unfortunately, experts say that these products often only mask the smell, instead of neutralizing the odor and removing it!
Here are a few simple methods that may work for you:
Vacuum The Smell Away
The most likely cause of an odorous car is that these smells are trapped in the fabric of the interior. Vacuuming by using the special upholstery attachment can work in such cases. Try to reach every nook and cranny while you vacuum, as the smells can potentially be hiding in the smallest of crevices! Not satisfied? Try steam cleaning as another option to concur and defeat the odor!
Baking Soda May Help
Another way to remove lingering smells is by using baking soda. If you accidentally spill your coffee on the carpet, a touch of baking soda will take care of it. Once you are done sprinkling, rub the powder in the affected area and then allow it to sit for a few hours.
This treatment will allow the concentrate to absorb all free smells. Next, clean the baking soda from the carpet with your vacuum. Keep in mind that leaving the powder on a wet mess will only allow it to crystallize instead of removing the odors.
Charcoal is one of the best substances that you can probably find that will absorb smells. In order to make this work for you, grab some charcoal and allow the pieces to sit in the vehicle for a few days.
Soon, it will have absorbed the odors, leaving your car smell-free, and don’t worry, those pieces of charcoal are also still safe to use afterwards for grilling!
While these remedies may work or not, we have one that is guaranteed to work.
Bio-Shock The Odors Out Of Your Car
In fact, this one makes removing odors from your automobiles as easy as never before! Auto-shocker is twice as effective, no matter which kind of odor needs removal.
Cigarette smoke is one of the toughest smells to eliminate, and if a member of your family smokes, then you need this remedy more than ever.
The smoke released on a daily basis enters the porous materials in your car. Over time, it becomes a permanent resident, damaging not only the car but also your very health!
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Experiencing odd smells in your room but unable to pinpoint the source of it? Your own nose may have grown immune to the stench over time, however, your friends and guests can smell it just fine. And they may not hold back from expressing their disgust and displeasure every time, much to your chagrin.
Wondering how you can get rid of such smells and save yourself from any humiliation in the future? Air fresheners will do the trick for a while, but to keep your room fresh and clean, you will need a special product. Don't worry, we found it and it is "Made in the USA"!
Room Shocker, the world’s first portable ClO2 delivery system, is one of the strongest and safest odor eliminating tools known to mankind.
Chlorine dioxide or ClO2, has been around for over 70 years; it is effectively used to remove severe toxic odors. However, up until recently, it was only used in large industrial applications as a gas or liquid solution.
But now, thanks to Biocide Systems and their ingenious partners at CLOO Labs, anyone can buy this magical odor removing formula in a jar. Using this patented ClO2-DMg technology, you have the power to remove stinky smell right from its source.
Basically, odor particles are attracted and removed by the chlorine dioxide gas as it seeps throughout the affected area. They then disintegrate upon contact, resulting in an odor free, clean and refreshed environment.
A few hours later, when you come back to the treated space, you'll be amazed and relieved to find nothing but crisp, fresh and clean air. Say “Goodbye” to pet odors, smoke or mildew smells!
BioShock product line has products to satisfy a nit-picky customer. Whether you are looking to treat a small area or a whole house, try their Home Cleanup Bundle to maximize the effect throughout the property, or opt for their quick release Room Shocker™ ClO2 Odor Eliminator.
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Moreover, this product is completely eco-friendly and non-toxic. All the components for the ClO2-DMG technology are made of biodegradable materials. The chlorine dioxide component releases no carcinogens or volatile organic compounds into the atmosphere. This means it is 100% safe to use around pets and kids.
The main ingredients literally break down into a salt and water solution, leaving no carbon footprint whatsoever. This product is made in the USA and offers a 100% money back guarantee. Amazing!