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Tips for selling a home that smells

Don’t try selling a home that smells

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Are you thinking of selling your home? If your home has smells, either from cooking, pets, mold or mildew, or cigarette smoke, you may have a hard time getting people to be interested in buying it.

Many people are sensitive to smells, and will be turned off as soon as they walk into a home that has odors. Many sellers focus on the visual aspect of staging their home, but do not put much thought into how their house smells.

Here are a few things about smells, and what can be done to make your home odor neutral.

  1. You can’t hide smells — you need to eliminate them. Buyers who don’t smoke and never have will be able to detect the smell of cigarettes, pets and their messes, and even intense home cooking smells, often from their first step into the home. So it’s essential to approach your challenge as it really is: to remove or eliminate the odors, versus simply spraying something on top of them.

To someone who is sensitive or allergic to cigarette smoke, the only thing worse than the smell of smoke is the saccharine-sweet, fake floral scents someone has sprayed right on top of cigarette smoke odors.

  1. Take odor-specific steps to vanquishing smells. What you must do to truly eliminate an odor depends on the odor itself. With pets, often a thorough vacuum, carpet cleaning and washing any upholstery, curtains, blankets or other textiles in the home can go a long way, but to truly eliminate the odors an Ozone treatment of the home will be needed. If a pet has repeatedly had accidents on a particular spot of floor or carpet, it might require replacing or refinishing.

 

Cooking odors are similar, and can often be vanquished with a good scrubbing down of kitchen walls and floors, ceilings, and even range hoods and vent fans/filters; painting the kitchen walls and ceilings is not overkill.

But smoking is the big daddy of all odors, because (a) it is typically done chronically, for years, and (b) by its nature, smoke can get into every crack and crevice. To get rid of the smell from cigarettes will require a good scrubbing of all surfaces, and a professional ozone treatment of the home.  Ozone is a natural oxidizer that destroys odors.

When you decide to sell your home you want to get the best price for it that you can. Cleaning the home, making the outside look nice are things that need to be done, but having a professional Odor elimination company treat the inside of the home is another step that should be considered. Most people cannot smell the odors in their own home because they have lived with them for years. Have someone you know check your home for odors. If they do not live in the home, they will be able to pick up any odors that are there.

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Musty Basement Smell

Musty Basement Odor Removal

There are many degrees of basement odor & mold problems. The odor we hear the most about is a musty basement. Musty oOdor removal with Ozonedors are caused by mildew and mold, which grows and thrives in damp locations. A musty smell coming from the basement is most often noticed in the spring and fall when the furnace or air conditioning units are not running and windows are closed. A musty smell might be described as earthy, moldy, stale, or dank. Of course not everyone has the same smell descriptors, but I think we can all agree that for the most part, a musty smell is not a good thing. It is an indicator of decay. It is a sign of uncleanliness. It could be unhealthy. The cause of the musty basement odor is usually caused by an excessive amount of moisture coming through the porous concrete surface of your basement, or by a water leak in a pipe. The excessive moisture can soak through to other soft porous surfaces in the basement such as furniture, drapes, clothes and carpet. Spring floods can also bring water into a basement and cause a musty odor after the water recedes.

Sometimes, basements can be completely dry and still have a musty smell. One cause of this odor is what has been described as smelling like an Antique shop. This is caused by degradation of paper products and very old wood. Old waxes and polishes could also contribute to the smell.

Odor removal with Ozone

EcoVive uses professional Ozone generators to remove musty basement odors. The ozone goes directly to the source and will oxidize the stale, unpleasant odors found in basements. Ozone is very effective in removing musty odors often caused by mold and mildew. Ozone deteriorates the cell structure of the microorganisms, eliminating their ability to reproduce. As the entire space fills with ozone, every interior surface including floors, ceilings, closets, furniture and clothing gets sanitized and deodorized. While ozone is not able to pass through solid walls, it goes where normal air can go, even down into cracks and crevices.

EcoVive provides odor removal and mold removal services in the Grand Rapids, MI area, and throughout West Michigan.

 

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Home Purification Treatments

Home Purification Treatment

Indoor air pollution is recognized as one of the major health concerns facing the nation today causing Allergy Symptoms, Asthma, Headaches, Fatigue, Nausea and many severe and even unknown illnesses. The EPA estimates that the indoor levels of many pollutants are 2-5 times higher, and on occasion, 100 times higher than outdoor levels. Because of this, the EPA ranks indoor air as one of the top five environmental threats to human health. ). Further, the EPA has also stated that today’s homes contain an estimated 1,500 hazardous compounds from approximately 3,000 man-made products. In recent years, comparative risk studies performed by the EPA and its Science Advisory Board (SAB) have consistently ranked indoor air pollution among the top 5 environmental risks to public health.

An Ozone Home Purification Treatment, aka, Ozone Shock Therapy, can dramatically improve indoor air quality by destroying mold & mildew, pet odors, tobacco odors, living organisms, germs, viruses, harmful VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) etc., creating a much cleaner, safer atmosphere in your home and work environment. Ozone is a Natural Occurrence in Nature. It is produced by natural occurrences such as thunderstorms, lightning strikes and waterfalls. In fact, the fresh, clean-smelling air you breathe after a storm is a lingering result of ozone. We are pleased to provide this service improving the indoor air quality for you and your family.

Even low levels of pollutants produced by these products can affect human health over a period of months or years. Modern construction, our desire for more efficient homes, the resulting over-insulating and under ventilating of our homes have given rise to an explosion of molds and mildews, as well as other fungi, which are the cause of the swelling epidemic known as Sick Building Syndrome. Is your home or workplace making you sick?

Whether it is an odor problem or sick building syndrome there is now a solution to this modern day problem. We offer one of the safest and most effective procedures for purifying a home, office, vehicle or any indoor space of odors, allergens, airborne mold spores, dust mites and VOC’s that may be polluting your indoor environment.

Our Home Purification Treatment will ensure that the air you breathe is both clean and healthy.

 

 

 

 

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Daycare Centers Antimicrobial Surface Treatment

Daycare Surfaces May Hold Germs Longer Than Thought.

The importance on cleaning schools, daycare centers, and play areas is simply not enough.  It has become common knowledge that these child-intensive areas are notorious infection transfer sites for nearly every disease making the rounds.  Disease pass through these areas then pass through the family.  For many, the acceptance of disease exposure is part of the cost of raising a family in our society.  This is more than unfortunate because an illness is only part of the problem.  Lost work, health complications, and death may be avoided with a small elevation in infection prevention. EcoVive offers an affordable and practical solution to a substantial reduction strategy of infectious threats with an Antimicrobial surface treatment program utilizing BioZone Protectant.

Independent lab testing shows that BioZone antimicrobial coating applied by EcoVive is capable of dramatic reduction of microbial threats.  Cleaning is always essential, but adding a BioZone Protectant treatment on a regular cycle can provide extraordinary microbial reductions at high as 99% over a 30-60 day cycle.  The fact that our Antimicrobial surface treatment can be applied with a minimum of interruption is important.  BioZone is professionally applied and bonds with the any surface. We can treat soft material like clothes, carpet, toys and furniture. We can also treat all surfaces throughout the building. Once dried, the coating will prevent bacteria from colonizing on surfaces, odors are eliminated, and mold is reduced.

BioZone is not a spray sanitizer. It is a treatment that stays on the surface working 24/7 to inhibit bacteria, germs, odors, allergens, mildew, and even mold. It works like an air purifying system that attracts microbial threats with a biostatic charge, and then pierces the microbes as they land.

This Micro-biostatic Antimicrobial Coating forms a nano bed of spikes on surfaces that disrupt the microorganism’s membrane. This will cause the microbe to lose energy and quickly die. This new technology provides a perfect approach to inhibiting microorganisms without the use of unsafe heavy metals or poisons. This mode of action is entirely unique to other antimicrobials.

 

Call EcoVive today to find out how we can help protect your school, daycare center or play area from disease.

616-401-9176

 

 

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Mold and Mildew Odor

Mold and Mildew Odor

Mold and Mildew Odor

Many people suffer from problems with mold and mildew odor in their homes. In their search for a way to rid the house of this unforgiving and difficult problem millions of dollars are spent and countless chemicals are introduced into their homes.  Mold is essentially a fungus and is found in areas where there is little ventilation and a warm, damp surrounding. Mildew is basically mold which has attached itself to some kind of material, mainly fabric and is usually found on carpets, rugs, clothes, towels and linens. Mold and mildew odor is a problem in many households and is difficult to get rid of completely. As well as mold and mildew odor being unpleasant to our senses, it can also be dangerous to people with allergies as it contains irritants and toxins which can be harmful. In most cases of mold and mildew odor, traditional deodorizers and cleaning equipment won’t get rid of it completely, it is important to make sure that all of the molecules and bacteria are removed; the best way to achieve this is by using ozone technology to eliminate mold and mildew completely.  Ozone is normal oxygen (O2) that has an extra oxygen atom (O3), but that extra oxygen atom is just along for the ride.  It is easily detached and then reattaches to any odor, microbe, fungi, or pollution threat.  Oxygen is good at oxidizing (another form of burning) that converts whatever it finds into an oxidized byproduct.

EcoVive is your West Michigan Odor Control specialist that uses Ozone to remove mold and mildew odor.  This is not another chemical being introduced into your home, it is a naturally occurring gas that does the work, leaving behind no harmful chemical residue.

If you have mold and mildew odor that need to be taken care of, give us a call 616-401-9176 or visit our website at: eco-vive.com 

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Gym & Fitness Center Sanitizing Service

 

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Gym and Fitness center Sanitizing

Fitness centers in Michigan have top-of-the-line fitness equipment, some complete with interactive workout monitoring and web access, many things to draw in and keep members.

But no one wants to use a gym that smells of day-old sweat or has dirty equipment or facilities. The consequences of a dirty gym go well beyond aesthetics, of course. The spread of germs and viruses through contact with equipment is a serious health concern.

Most fitness facilities don’t have the staff required to clean each piece of equipment after every use. Instead, they rely on users to wipe down their machines when finished by offering either spray cleaners or wipes. What type of cleaning product a facility offers matters less than how it’s used; both spray cleaners and wipes can only be effective if used correctly, and damaging to equipment and end-users if not.

The best way to prevent infections is to be proactive. We offer an antimicrobial surface treatment that stays on the surface for months with a germ inhibiting action. The protectant is applied to hard or soft surfaces, but unlike most sanitizers, ours works 24/7 for months to attack pathogens on the surface. The protectant sets up a field of razor sharp edges that rip the outer membrane of bacteria, virus, and fungi.  They die shortly after contact.

The impact of this treatment would be like a human falling into a lion pit of sharp stakes.  Because this is not a chemical reaction like bleach or phenols, the process works day and night to keep surface bacteria, virus, and fungus free.

Our treatment can be more than a defensive effort to protect your patron’s health.  It can be a very positive part of your new member promotion.  Unlike other gyms doing little more than cleaning to stop infection, your EcoVive protected facility is like a self-cleaning program where all exposed surfaces are constantly destroying germs after every use.  A properly Protected facility should be a strong reason for any germaphobe to select your workout center over any others.

EcoVive is a certified Michigan Odor removal company.

To find out more about how we can help please visit our website, or give us a call at: 616-401-9176

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Get Rid of Cat Urine Smell in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Getting rid of cat urine smell

There’s an unwanted guest in your home. It welcomes you each time you enter a room; it even greets your guests. No, it’s not your beloved kitty; it’s the odor of her urine. You’re not stuck with this uninvited presence, though. There is a way to get rid of the smell.

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1. Remove as much urine as possible as soon as possible. The sooner you clean up the cat urine, the better the chance of it not being able to soak into the padding or underlayment if your cat has urinated on carpet. The Humane Society of the United States recommends blotting the area with an absorbent paper towel. This won’t get up all of the urine, but it will leave less of it behind for you to have to treat later.

If your cat has urinated on linens, clothing or drapes, wash them or have them dry-cleaned as soon as possible. The longer urine stays on fabric, the more stubborn its odor becomes. Detergents with baking soda or enzymatic additives are best for cleaning items that have urine odor. If the urine is on a wall or other hard surface, wipe it down with a wet rag.

2. Find ways to prevent future accidents. The more urine your cat adds to your home, the harder it’s going to keep the odor at bay. So the best way to fight this stench is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. This may include any number of methods:

  • Retraining your cat to use her litter box
  • Laying down disposable, absorbent pads (like puppy training pads) in an area she continues to mark
  • Having her spayed (or neutered, if a male cat)
  • Taking her to the vet for a check-up to see if she has any kidney or bladder problems
  • Treating her for anxiety, if that’s determined to be the cause of her urinating outside of her litter box
  • Cleaning out her litter box more often
  • Adding extra litter boxes if there is more than one cat in the household

If you have cat urine odors that will not go away, An Ozone treatment by EcoVive will eliminate the smell. We will come in and perform what is called a shock treatment This will completely remove any urine odor, (as long as it has not seeped into the padding or underlayment) or pet odor and improve the indoor air quality. .The ozone molecule binds with the odor molecule and oxidizes it, destroying the odor at its source.

If you have pet odor problems in Michigan, and want to eliminate them, give us a call today. 616-401-9176

Or visit our website to find out more.  eco-vive.com

Companionship with a cat can be rewarding — so can keeping a home. Don’t let urine odor ruin either experience.

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