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IICRC: Why Should A Technician Be Hired For Odor Removal?

“While some forms of odor removal can be done by a homeowner without any technical experience, professionals will be needed for more stubborn, unpleasant smells. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC, is the agency in charge of certifying technicians skilled in this field. Through training supervised by IICRC approved instructors, these technicians possess the best methods and products available for handling this problem. Their advanced skills allow them to eliminate smells caused by fire, smoke, mold, and thorough pet soiling. While homeowners have some tools available to help control these issues, professional help is usually required to eliminate them completely.

According to a survey commissioned by the IICRC, more than 80 percent of homeowners state that how clean their floors are is a major factor in their family’s health. However, only 15 percent of homeowners have their carpets cleaned every year. Odor removal is a major component of preventing airborne contaminants from affecting the family’s health inside the home. Also, a lingering stench almost always comes from a source that is hazardous to people and pets. For these reasons, the problem should be treated as soon as it is noticed.

The best way for a homeowner to perform simple odor removal is with a readily accessible substance. Homeowners have been getting rid of foul smells with home remedies for decades. While these substances are easy to apply to the carpet and are effective for smaller jobs, they aren’t feasible for more extensive problems. Also, they don’t typically eliminate the cause of the scent but cover it up instead. This just masks the health hazard in the room and so it remains a threat.

Technicians trained in odor removal through an IICRC approved instructor are taught the four general principles of eliminating unpleasant smells. They first attempt to locate and destroy the source of the smell. In some cases, like during fire and smoke restoration, this may be too difficult to do before cleaning the area. Once the source is destroyed, the technician will thoroughly clean any surfaces or items that were affected by the source. While carpets are often a primary spot for odors to take root, furniture, clothing, and drywall may also take on the scent if they are exposed long enough. These surfaces must be cleaned to prevent the smell from coming back.

Technicians also have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize the unpleasant smell thoroughly. Every material has its own physical properties that determine which substances to use for effective odor elimination. Trained professionals can find the best product for each material, from carpet and fabric to wood and ceramic. Once the surface has been treated, trained technicians are able to seal the surface to trap what scent does remain. Foul smells are created by airborne particles that can be sealed away for good.

These professionals can handle odors caused by urine contamination, decomposition, mold, chemicals, and fire and smoke damage, among many other sources. Their expertise means they are prepared for any job, no matter the scope.”

Information Sourced from: http://www.iicrc.org/why-should-technician-hired-for-odor-removal-a-123.html

IICRC: Carpet Odor Removal

“Whether it’s the fault of a new pet who hasn’t been entirely housebroken, an old pet with failing health, or clumsy everyday spills, accidents that result in the need of carpet odor removal happen for a variety of reasons.  One of the rules for carpet odor removal is to act promptly, because once the stain has set in it will be harder to extract the visual and olfactory traces of it. An often overlooked cause of unpleasant odor is mildew that has resulted from the floor covering or the padding beneath it getting overly wet and staying damp. The growth of bacteria is a side effect of allowing a spill or accident to settle into the carpet fibers, but it is also something that can easily be prevented.

Some smells, like cigarette smoke, may not be pinned to a specific location on the floor covering. Sometimes scents linger long after the offending spot has been identified, soaped, blotted, rinsed and deodorized. A strong ammonia scent can overwhelm a room and lead people to search for the best method of carpet odor removal. A steam cleaning is usually the approach taken to combat lingering smells. Steam cleaning can result in a deeper cleansing than regular vacuuming or spot cleaning a spill and can be bought or rented for in home use. A steam cleaner uses water heated to the point of evaporation to penetrate the pile of the floor covering deeply.  The steam dislodges debris and dirt that are trapped in the fibers.  The steam itself is not enough to remove stains or odors though, and usually a cleaning solution is used in conjunction with the machine.

Baking soda and distilled white vinegar have been known to be useful additions to the stock of cleaning supplies used to tend to smells in the home. Allowing baking soda to sit prior to vacuuming can have a deodorizing effect.  When it comes to carpet odor removal, the do-it-yourself cleaning solutions pale in comparison to the work that can be done by a qualified professional service.  The most effective method of carpet odor removal is consulting a professional.  They have worked with all sorts of stains, textile materials, brands, and carpet constructions, and can put that knowledge to good use when determining the best method of treatment. Experts have the machines and experience to handle floor coverings that have been roughly and routinely used. Usually, their cleaning solutions are stronger than those that can be bought over the counter.  A spot that has been soiled repeatedly may have more than just dirty surface fibers, as the backing and the floor underneath may be contaminated too. A qualified professional knows how to take care of the entire problem.

Even floor coverings that are not marred by stains or emanating smells require some routine maintenance to keep them at their best for longer. Regular care and upkeep results in a longer life expectancy of the floor covering, and provides an overall cleaner indoor environment. Although a professional may employ the same method of treatment for removing scents, the steam cleaner, their training and previous hands-on involvement usually yields a more satisfactory and thorough job than a DIY approach.”

Information Sourced from: http://www.iicrc.org/carpet-odor-removal-t-4_11.html

Pet, Carpet, Home Odor Control

“Odor in homes and buildings arises from many sources that may include pet urine, disaster contaminates, moisture problems or just plain soil. Routine cleaning automatically removes the sources of general soiling odors.

Pet urine decontamination normally requires more specialized deodorizing techniques. To remove musty odor associated with moisture, ultimately it’s important to identify and correct the moisture (high humidity) intrusion problem. Odor associated with disaster contaminates (smoke, trauma events) requires highly specialized procedures and techniques.

Odor removal involves four general principles:

  1. Removing the source as possible
  2. Cleaning affected surfaces and materials
  3. Recreating the conditions of penetration with appropriate counteractants
  4. Sealing restorable surfaces as necessary

Certified professionals are trained and experienced in dealing with carpet-related odor. They have the detection tools, the specialized agents, the equipment and the experience necessary to deal with odors of all types and kinds.

Tips for a Fresh Home

 

A survey commissioned by the IICRC indicates that 81 percent of U.S. homeowners agree that the health of their family is directly related to the cleanliness of floors in the home. While a key component to improving air quality is eliminating carpet and rug odors, which in many cases requires regularly cleaning these surfaces, only 15 percent clean their carpet at least once a year.

According to the IICRC, the following four-step process is the best way to successfully remove odor from your carpet:

  1. Remove the source of the odor, as practical (absorb liquids, scoop solids)
  2. Thoroughly clean odor-affected surfaces and materials. Cleaning is basic to deodorizing
  3. Treat the odor source with an appropriate odor counteractant (sanitizer, disinfectant, enzyme)
  4. Seal restorable surfaces, such as subflooring, if practical

Many sources of odor, including pet urine and tobacco smoke, require specialized procedures and techniques and are best addressed by a certified professional.”

Information Sourced from: http://www.iicrc.org/consumers/care/odor-control/