Monday, December 14, 2009

Busy weekend

Feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment. We started operation:renovation and let me tell you...it's NO fun!

Have you remodeled or bought a fixer home before? Please share with me any tips tricks to getting rid of foul smells.
The people who lived there were probably the MOST disgusting people on earth. Nope, this is NOT an over exaggeration. It's the darn truth. I keep asking myself, how do people live this way?
The stench is awful and really it helps NONE that I am pregnant and have a keen sense of smell.

It's lovely....

Please share any ideas or blogs that will make this transition better. PLEASE!

your very sad friend,

Veronica

10 comments:

Mel said...

Veronica, so sorry you're having to deal with this now. The one thing I've used to deal with smells--in my case, it was cat urine in an apartment--was geranium essential oil. I boiled water, put a few drops of the oil in a bowl, poured the boiled water over it. The steam carried it into the air. I'm sure there are higher tech ways of doing it. You might try having a pan of simmering water with geranium oil in it on the stove, if you can. Geranium doesn't just cover the smell, it seems to clean it out of the air.

Hope that helps.

Melissa

Kat @ measuring my life in l-o-v-e said...

I've heard leaving out charcoal will suck out stinky smells. Good luck - that really is the worse.

Deb said...

Oh, I'm sorry you are going through this! Of all things! Years ago when I bought my first home there was a HORRIBLE odor. The previous owners had left a turkey in the freezer and went back to their summer home for 6 months. Of course, they had the electricity turned off and here in Arizona that's not pretty. It took some time, but re-painting the walls and replacing the carpets did help. I swear I would still catch a whiff of the odor a year later here and there! Lots of incense and candles too! Good luck! :o(

luvzenkm2 (Leea) said...

I feel so sorry for you. But after 2 apartments and 2 houses that I had to gut as they were fixers I understand, carpet had to be ripped out, and if good as mine were we refinished the floors due to stains/smells. If not an option. A friend cleaned her carpet, peeled it back and then sealed whatever was down below to seal the odor in. Good luck!

CindyML said...

When the smell is in the carpet or pad (from an animal urine), use ODO BAN. The best thing is to rip up the carpet and pad and replace. If the urine has soaked through the pad, do what a previous poster said and seal the concrete. You can go to Home Depot or Lowes and buy the OOPS paint that has been mixed and returned and paint the concrete. Doesn't matter what color because you will cover with flooring. If new flooring is not in the budget, use ODO BAN for a temporary fix. I buy it at SAMS, but I think Lowe's has it. It is also great in the laundry. Good luck. CindyML

Donna VW said...

My mom taught me a great trick years ago - baking soda - it is so good for removing smells. Sprinkle it in your carpet at let it stay overnight and then vacuum up the next day. I used it when we had a leak in our basement and it worked perfect. I have also used it on wood floors for damp stains. It is also the only thing I use to clean out my fridge. Good luck!

Shabby Chic Crafts said...

THank you so much for your help!! We are so very thankful.

The house has no flooring, so I believe it just might be the case, the concrete has stains and we know they had indoor pets.

We never thought of sealing the floor!! Excellent idea!

Trace said...

Baking soda sure is a good one, and so is cut lemons - they seem to 'soak' up bad smells. All the best with the renovations.

~nic said...

If there is an item that stinks - seal it off with coffee beans/grains - stick it in a bag or wrap it up with cut up garbage bags etc - leave it and the stink will be gone - how long you leave it, depends on how stinky it is - it will have a faint coffee smell after, but that goes away quickly - my grandmother used to smoke in her house and i de-scented one of her chairs that way - worked beautifully

Sherrie said...

I have no tips for you. Our starter home was in excellent shape, just has some god awful wallpapering we had to take down. We built the house we currently live in. Good luck with everything!