What’s Causing that Strange Odor?

The way something smells has a significant effect on how we feel. Fresh aromas in the home make us happy and relaxed, such as the smell of flowers. Business owners in Grand Forks and Fargo know that the same is true for customers. When a business smells clean, people are happier shopping there. If you’ve suddenly discovered a strange odor, you need to find a solution right away.

What Are the Most Common Causes of Odors?

Walls, furniture, and carpeting act like giant sponges. Over time, they absorb odors from many different sources. Without regular cleaning, unwelcome smells often appear. Homes and businesses can start to smell musty, dirty, or downright stinky. What are the culprits?

1. Mold and Mildew

Musty smells are caused by mold and mildew. Any room that doesn’t get much sunlight or ventilation is vulnerable. Roof leaks and flooding can also cause mold to appear. It’s urgent to act fast to eliminate moisture problems. The longer mold remains, the more it can spread, and the harder it becomes to remove.

2. Dust

Did you know that dust has a smell? With everything from pet hair and insect droppings to dirt and dead skin, it’s no wonder that accumulated dust smells terrible. If you haven’t had your desks, filing cabinets or windows cleaned in a while, have our pros take care of it immediately.

3. Pet Stains

Pet stains have a persistent and robust odor. If the accident happens on carpeting, getting rid of the smell quickly is essential, before it soaks into backing or floorboards. Contact a professional right away to eliminate the problem correctly. When too much time passes, the only option may be to replace the flooring.

4. Sweat

If you’re like many North Dakota people, you probably change bath towels and bedding at least once a week. Oils and sweat cause unfavorable odors. On the other hand, a new bed sheet smells great and feels fantastic. Furniture needs periodic cleaning for the same reason. Upholstery cleaning removes all those oils, so the living room or office feels cozy again.

5. Rotting Food Items

Decomposing food smells pretty bad, especially meat or fruit. When these smells appear in the kitchen, check behind the stove or under the fridge for fallen food. A stinky garbage disposal can be corrected with orange peels or non-toxic cleaners containing d-limonene. If rotten odors come from air vents, request a duct inspection immediately to check for unwelcome animals trapped inside.

How Can You Get Rid of Odors in Your Home or Business?

The first step for getting rid of bad smells is to pinpoint where the problem is. Sometimes the solution is as easy as cleaning up a spill. Here are other tips for a fresh-smelling and attractive home or business:

    • Schedule window cleaning: The inside of your windows accumulate a lot of dust, dead bugs, and bacteria, leading to smelly surroundings. Our legendary window cleaning team in Grand Forks and Fargo leaves windows and windowsills completely spotless, giving the entire space a pleasant aroma of freshness.
    • Keep the air fresh: Every building needs proper ventilation. Open up your windows for a while each day to let fresh air inside. Taking care of air quality makes a big difference for smells. When we perform HVAC & air duct cleaning, we always use HEPA filtration to eliminate tiny bacteria, dander, spores, and other particles.
    • Tell our professionals about any pets: Professional carpet cleaning is essential for homes and businesses in Fargo and Grand Forks, ND. With state-of-the-art steam extraction, we leave your carpets fluffy and beautiful. To avoid unpleasant odors, however, we need to know whether there are pet stains to deal with so we can neutralize them effectively.
    • Watch out for moisture traps: In the home, dirty laundry is a significant source of bad odors from bacteria. Avoid this by washing small loads more frequently instead of accumulating laundry. In businesses, mops may stay moist, leading to the same problems. Store mops elevated so they can dry.

A thorough spring cleaning does a lot to keep homes and businesses smelling fresh. Cleaning professionals can remove odors without you needing to lift a finger.

Why Contact Residential and Commercial Cleaning Experts?

A common mistake is to mask odors using air fresheners, candles, or other products. There’s nothing wrong with freshening up space — it’s a great idea. But unless you get rid of the source of the bad odors, the problem will only worsen.

The solution to unpleasant smells always boils down to one word: cleaning. That’s why our Steamatic of Red River Valley team is so popular. We have the experience to take care of any kind of cleaning necessary. We’re experts in window cleaning, carpet cleaning, water damage cleanup, and mold remediation. To find real solutions, contact us in Grand Forks and Fargo, ND, right away.




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Maria Hoffman
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