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Why Do Bad Odors Linger? (And How To Remove Odors From Your Room)

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Bad odors can linger in our surroundings for several reasons. Regardless of why these odors exist, a common problem faced by Singaporeans is how to remove odors from our rooms and spaces so that we can carry on our everyday activities in a clean and hygienic environment.

The Science behind Bad Odors

We encounter many types of smells, fragrances, and odors in our daily lives. Yet the worst ones, such as cigarette smoke, sewage, and mold can seem impossible to get rid of no matter how hard we try. There are many factors behind the science of smells, including how volatile the substance is, and how sensitive an individual’s nose is to different scents. When the smell comes into contact with materials such as fabric, hair, or cement, their particles can also get trapped causing them to become more difficult to remove.

Keep reading to find out what are some common causes of bad odors, and how you can reduce or remove odor from your rooms and surroundings. If you are facing serious problems with odors in your environment, find out more about our odor removal and odor remediation services in Singapore. Lumiair is a professional cleaning company in Singapore that tackles common decontamination needs for homes, businesses, and industrial areas.

1. Toilet or sewage pipes

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One of the strongest smells you might encounter in your home or workplace is the smell of a clogged, broken, or backed up bathroom pipe. While these smells are some of the worst you might experience, the silver lining is that they are usually quickly detectable so you can take action faster. In simpler cases, flushing out or replacing the toilet bowl’s water trap is enough to get the whole system working properly again. In more complicated cases, a plumbing service may be necessary to fix or replace the broken pipe. Read more odor removal tips for homeowners here.

2. Mold and mildew growth

Mold growth is one of the most common problems faced in Singapore and is responsible for that musty smell you might encounter in houses. While mold growth is natural in any environment, Singapore’s hot and humid weather are ideal conditions for mold and mildew to flourish. Mold can have serious impacts on your health, although daily efforts at mold removal can prevent long-term build-up. If you suspect you are facing a serious mold problem, our mold inspection services can help begin the mold remediation and cleanup process.

3. Fire or smoke damage

If you have ever burnt a dish in the kitchen before, you will know that the smell of char and smoke can take some time to fully disappear. A fire of any size can leave lingering odors even if minimal damage has been done to the surroundings. Fully removing the soot from the environment is key to odor removal, as this soot can settle into equipment or materials and even cause damage. Our fire damage services use air scrubbers to filter out all remaining micro-particles from smoke and soot, and chemical atomisation for complete odor removal.

4. Animal byproducts

Animals carry a natural scent with them, whether they’re a domesticated house pet or a pest that hides in the corner of your cabinets. Even the cleanest of pets will gradually leave a smell in any home, although it may not be noticeable to the owner as they can get acclimated to it over time.

However, pests such as rats, cockroaches, or lizards can leave droppings or other waste behind, often in dark and inaccessible areas of your home. Situations such as hoarding or dealing with stray animals in industrial or commercial areas can also lead to bad odors. The odors from these can build up over time and can linger even after you have gotten rid of or moved the animals from your surroundings. Along with odor removal, an important thing to do after dealing with an animal infestation is to fully decontaminate the surroundings to get rid of all pathogens and ensure a clean and hygienic environment.

Remove Bad Odors with Lumiair today

Lumiair is a professional cleaning company in Singapore offering a wide variety of decontamination services including odor removal and mold removal. We understand that there are many common causes behind lingering bad odors and offering various odor remediation treatment options including deep cleaning and extraction of odor-causing bacteria on contaminated fabrics and surfaces.

Our professional consultants conduct a specialized assessment before beginning any project, to ensure we can provide an all-in-one service that tackles your specific needs.  Reach out to us for more information on our professional-grade equipment and comprehensive services today.

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