How To Get Rid Of Sour House Smell?

Everyone understands what it means to taste something sour but there may be some people who don’t really know about sour odors in the house, in a room or in a car, for example. Getting rid of the sour smell in a house involves a few steps, with the most important step coming when we recognize there is a problem.

When we live in a home for an extended period of time, our everyday activities generate specific smells and odors. These generally disappear over time, as we run our furnace or fan, open windows and doors etc. But the general combination of smells can combine to create a sour, unpleasant odor that remains in the home.

Where is it Coming From?
There are several answers to this question. Some homes might have a sour or unpleasant smell coming from just one source, while others have a general odor that is the combination of several things. Homeowners might look at moist or wet areas first. Mold, mildew and certain types of fungus grow in moist areas that don’t get a lot of sunlight. Wood floors, beams that form the ceiling of the basement, doors exposed to the outside or to water – all of these might be the source for this smell.

How to Get Rid of Sour House SmellIf the moisture creates mold or mildew and produces a sour smell then combines with the odor coming from furniture and carpets that aren’t cleaned regularly, you may have a strong, sour smell in your home. Family members may not notice this when they remain inside but people who come into the home from the outside will certainly be aware of it. Their noses are sensitive to the fresher air outside and immediately pick up the difference. Other sources for a sour smell in the home include areas that aren’t cleaned regularly or aren’t used on a regular basis (closed rooms, closets, under the bed).

What Else?
If you don’t pay particular attention to your home heating system you can create areas where odors originate. A regular cleaning of vents and air ducts, along with changing the furnace filter, may eliminate one source of sour smell. This may be combined with the trapping of cooking odors and smells from stored food. If you don’t clean your shelves, counters and stove regularly, there will probably be a sour smell in the kitchen and in surrounding areas. In addition to cleaning these areas, you should air out the home on a consistent basis, even opening a window or door occasionally during the winter if necessary.

Sour smell in a home is created by letting things stay the same for too long, to put it in general terms. In summary: clean and dry areas that collect moisture and don’t get enough sunlight; clean the heating and cooling systems – furnaces, air conditioners and their filtering systems; clean counters, stove, table tops with cleaning solution or vinegar/water mix. When all of these steps are taken you may want to introduce a pleasant smell with an air-freshener or some type of spray with a citrus or floral aroma.

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