What is that terrible smell?
The Smell of Money!
If you’ve been investing in real estate for any amount of time, you have almost certainly come across properties that smell terrible. I’m not talking about regular odors or mustiness; I’m talking about the ones that you just can’t get rid of with regular cleaning products. Real estate investors like to say that those odors are “the smell of money”.
One of the worst things you can ever deal with is pet urine, but there are other odors that are almost impossible to get out of a property such as curry, and cigarette smoke from a long term heavy smoker.
Surefire ways to get rid of the odors
There are a number of products that you can use to attack this problem. Here are three that I know you can count on.
One of the best products I have found for odors is called Nilium. I love this product! I have personally used in rental houses to get rid of odors.
It is a highly concentrated, water soluble liquid that can not only be used for cleaning, and water extraction systems, but it can added to paint to get rid of long standing odors in drywall. I have used it in paint with great success. Nilium has a choice of pleasant fragrances and it is economical to use. A quart costs roughly $10.00 and you can purchase a gallon for about $31.00 in my area. You only use about 1 or 2 ounces per gallon of water or paint so a little goes a long way. You can find this product locally without any problem.
My daughter is a professional property manager who currently manages over 500 units. Hydrocide is a product that her carpet cleaning professional uses regularly. As you can imagine, they have a lot of issues with pet odors in carpet and also from problems that occur after water leaks.
Pet odors often remain even after the carpet has been replaced. You can use Hydrocide to seal concrete floors in slab houses before installing new carpet. It eliminates odor permanently on contact. It also destroys odors in carpet, upholstery, mattresses and grout. It works on urine and just about any other really bad odor you can think of.
Hydrocide costs about $23.00 for a pint or $89.95 for a gallon. I will include a link at the bottom of this post for information on where you can purchase it in your area.
Ozone machines are the last line of defense in a many cases. Ozone machines change oxygen (O2) into ozone (o3) by the high voltage electrical charge the machine produces. Professional grade machines can only be used in unoccupied rooms.
Not only will they permanently get rid of hard to remove odors like curry that permeate areas, but they kill surface and airborne mold in unoccupied rooms. These machines are particularly useful for places like apartment communities where they a larger volume of water leaks.
These machines are light weight and easy to use, but professional quality machines can set you back $1500.00 or $1600.00.
I need to leave you with a word of caution about this machine. Because it removes all of the oxygen from the room, not only do you need be sure no animals are left behind but it will damage anything that once was “part of an animal”. By that I mean leather and suede boots, shoes, belts, bags, sofa’s etc. These items will be seriously damaged or ruined if not removed or put in a tightly closed garbage bag. Large items like sofa’s can be wrapped in plastic or kind of “shrink wrapped”. The professionals that use these machines can give you more information.
For more information on Hydrocide or ozone machines you can find them easily online.
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