Hardwood floors, linoleum and carpet all hold odors. The grout which is used for ceramic tile floors is porous, and will absorb water, leaving it prone to smells as well. Perhaps the biggest cause of lingering, difficult to remove odors in flooring is pet accidents. Another main cause would be excess moisture in the room and their resulting musty smells.
The best way to eliminate odor from flooring will depend upon the nature of the flooring, as well as the cause of the odor.
If your odor problem is caused by a pet stain on the carpet, there are many cleansers on the market specifically formulated to remove that odor. However, if the smell has penetrated to the padding or flooring beneath the carpet, it might require professional help.
If the cause of the odor is dampness, poor ventilation, or musty spells in the flooring – your best bet to remove the odor is to remove the excess dampness in the air.
A non-electric dehumidifier, such as one of DampRid’s Easy-Fill System Moisture Absorbers, is the effective and economical solution. DampRid’s moisture absorbers work by lowering the relative humidity in the air to a 50% or below level. Once they are gone, the musty smell emitting from your carpet or other types of flooring will be gone as well.
Brand new flooring has its share of odor problems as well. New carpet is famous for “off-gassing” and releasing fumes into the room. Many people are very sensitive to these fumes. Other types of synthetic flooring may have their own chemical odors. Even Oriental Rugs these days sometimes have a rubberized backing, which emits a strong odor.
For these types of flooring odors, Odor Genie is on the job. It gives you continuous odor removal for up to 60 days at a time. Most air freshener products are temporary cover-ups. The Odor Genie neutralizes flooring odors completely with a special formula.