…when it’s just too cold to have a window open for fresh air continuously?
I hate it when there are those bad smells in my house. You know, when something doesn’t really smell right? And you can’t pinpoint the source of the bad smell? Man, I hate that. Never mind a few innocent dustbunnies or a bit of clutter; but I * do* want my house to smell clean. Not perfumed; just clean.
Up untill now, my SO did most of the cleaning, but now I fend for myself. However, my parents never taught me to clean properly, and while I’m doing not too bad, I’m too embarrassed to ask any really good cleaners I know IRL. So I turn to Dopers. Can you tell me about sources of bad smell in the house and how you deal with them efficiently?
Let me give a few examples.
Carpet and curtains give off a stuffy smell after five or so years. Even when they’re vacuumed every other day. Professional cleaning just seems to consist of making the carpet wet and get the curtains out of shape. What’s a good solution, aside from the rather pricey one of getting new carpeteing every six years?
Only recently, I found out that why bathroomwalls are tiled. I always thought that bathroom cleaning was just about cleaning the bowl, lid and doorknob. But no. The typical urinal smell in mens’ toilets apparently is caused by tiny urine-droplets on the walls. :eek: A guy wearing shorts, doing the free thing up a tree, feels droplets on his legs and hands, right? Well, the same droplets accumulate on the walls in his own bathroom.
I still don’t know the best way to remove those invisible droplets though. Chlorine? Vinegar? Just soap and warm water does not seem to get rid of the smell entirely. OTOH, bathroom smells may also be caused by sewer smells somehow floating up through the water-lock. I just don’t know.
Another bad smell I have managed to identify comes from laundry that has been forgotten in the washingmachine and has been left there sitting for a day or so. Something like that can happen easily, but I’ve found that even after drying and repeated washing, that smell never goes away anymore, and it can accompany someone like a subtle bad aftershave.
Cat-litter boxes. A familiar problem, no doubt. I’ve heard good things about Litter-maid, a self-cleaning cat litterbox, but I’m not convinced yet.
So, have you been able to identify subtle bad smells in the house? How did you get rid of them?