Physical Practices for Effective Odour Removal
The first universal step in odour removal is to eliminate the source by removing the rubbish or the contaminants causing odour which can include blood or bodily fluids, chemicals, fire and smoke damage including soot, excessive waste or rubbish and other biological sources. Walls, ceilings, concrete, carpeting, upholstery and other surfaces may have captivated the odours which will require extensive cleaning to ensure the odour or odour causing bacteria is removed completely. These may not be in direct contact with the odour source however must be considered for complete odour removal. It may be necessary to increase the temperature to recreate the similar conditions allowing the pores of the materials to expand to allow proper permeation of spray, fog or ozone to allow the odours to be effectively removed. In some circumstances, it may also be essential to seal the source that was exposed to the contaminants. Sealing the surfaces exposed to the concentration of odours may be required for permanent odour removal.
Australian Forensic Cleaning technicians recognise and understand that these odours are very offensive and difficult to remediate. One common scenario we come across involves people who have “tried everything” to get rid of a smell, but are still left with lingering scents that just don’t seem to go away. Australian Forensic Cleaning is the best odour removal company in Australia, and will take care of the odour in your home, office, boat, or car; leaving your property in an odour-free and habitable state once more.
Effective and Comprehensive Odour Removal Regimens
Many things can cause a bad odour in a home or business to linger; pets, animal urine, cigarette smoke, spoiled food, garbage, hoarding, sewer backup, the aftermath of a fire, and the poignant odour of a decomposing body. Understanding the type of odour can assist in the correct application for its removal. Some odours such as protein odours or decomposing body odours are much more difficult to remove than the odours caused by tobacco smoke or a small kitchen fire.
Disguising an odour with a more pleasant odour or covering an odour with a fragrance that is stronger is referred to as ‘masking’. Almost all deodorising agents contain a masking agent. Masking agents are often used to provide temporary odour masking until permanent odour control techniques can be employed, however masking agents are the most effective means of counteracting psychological odour.
Pairing the odour is when a chemical combines with the molecular structure of the odour molecule or substance, which imports some of its own chemical properties. There are many water-soluble deodorisers available plus electronic deodorising such as Ozone Generators.
Modification of an odour occurs when a chemical is used which changes the structure of the odour cell eliminating its ability to produce the odour. There are three types of modification agents: Attacking, Killing and Enzymes.