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Lingering odors are one of the biggest detractors from a home’s value and appeal. Whether you’re trying to sell your house, or you simply want guests to feel more comfortable in it, it’s important to keep the area odor-free. Try these tips for tackling troublesome odors in your Tampa, Florida, home.


Smoke is a notoriously difficult smell to get rid of. Baking soda and activated charcoal are often effective at absorbing smoke odors associated with cigarettes. Laundering fabric items is essential. A product like Febreze can help with spot treatment but is impractical for a large-scale problem. If you’re dealing with smoke from a fire, hire a professional fire remediation team to tackle this issue.

Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew leave a damp, musty smell in the home. To eliminate the smell, you must treat the source of the issue. We offer water damage remediation to dry out your home quickly as well as mold remediation to thoroughly clean up any microbial growths. Complete mold and mildew removal is the only way to combat this smell.

Pet Urine

If your pets have accidents often, you may notice your home has a lingering urine smell. If you can smell the urine, you can be sure your pets do as well. This will often cause them to return to the same place and continue to urinate where the odor lingers. Use paper towels to absorb the urine as soon as possible after the accident. Apply white vinegar and water to neutralize the odor. When this has dried, apply baking soda to absorb any residual smell.

If this doesn’t work, you may need to replace your flooring and seek professional odor removal help. The smell from a long-term problem won’t always respond to household solutions.

Whether you’re cleaning up after a hoarding problem or removing the smoke smell from a fire-damaged home, we can help. Contact ServiceMaster Restore at 813-603-2001 for professional odor elimination services to tackle the toughest of smells.

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