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Odor Control Process
There are many causes of odors, urine, floods, fires, garbage, grease, waste but each can be eliminated by following some simple steps. Some may think that their odor problem is unique which you have never encountered. Regardless their odor problems can be solved by following the basic 4 procedures listed below.
- Reduce or eliminate the source of the odor. It would be a tremendous waste to try and cover up odors while leaving the cause in place. The first step is to remove the contaminant that is causing the odor by destroying, killing, removing or cleaning the contaminant from the area. Don’t deodorize unless you find and eliminate the source. In some instances, source reduction or elimination are too costly and you may have to cover up the odor until there is sufficient budget to remove the source i.e. repair a drain.
- Clean the surface that was in contact with the contaminant. Cleaning goes hand in hand with deodorizing. Clean and dry surfaces do not product odors. Residue from a fire will contaminate surrounding surfaces and until cleaned will liberate fire odors until removed. Cleaning must be meticulous as in the case of protein contamination in a freezer. Small amounts of protein residue can create significant odors. Further, contamination reduces the effect of cleaning chemicals which will prolong and make the cleaning process more difficult.
- Neutralize the Odor. For example if a flood has caused the fowl odor then you must deodorize to the extent the flood affected all surrounding surfaces. As in a fire you must deodorize by using deodorizing smoke like Ozone so your efforts impact all the surfaces affected by the smoke from the fire. Effective deodorizing must always must reach the source of the odor which required recreating the conditions that existed when the odors were created.
- Seal the Surfaces. This is not required in all circumstances and usually only involved with severe cases where complete contamination removal is impractical or not cost effective. Highly porous surfaces are a good example when sealing is a practical solution where contamination penetrated deep into the surface. Remember, to deodorize the deodorizing agent must get to all the contamination causing the odor and this may require many reapplication of cleaning or deodorizing. The process is simple and involves sealing the malodor into the surface with oil based or alcohol based sealer. Also remember, cleaning always precedes sealing, if at all practical, in order to remove loose or gross accumulations of contamination. If gross amounts of contamination are left on the surface this may cause the sealer to fail and not adhere to the surface. If the sealer can’t stick to the surface it cannot be effective.
Don’t take short cuts in the process otherwise you will compromise the result which will cause you to repeat the steps. Go a little beyond what you think is necessary to ensure the process works. Deodorizing is easy if you follow the simple steps; remove the cause, clean the surface, kill the odor and sealing porous or heavily contaminated surfaces.