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Posted: 1/10/2005 7:55:46 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/11/2005 6:01:29 AM EDT by Aim4MyHead]
Well actually my friend does. He owns a building with retail units in it.. he rented one unit to some hatians who did God knows what in there. Now the unit has this horrible spicey smell to it. He's mopped with bleach, left 5 or 6 boxes of baking soda in there etc. The smell will not go away. I figured if anyone would know a trick to getting rid of this. It would be you ladies. I need some tricks, tips for getting rid of odors. I've heard everything from coffee to bars of soap. Thanks ladies



J

ETA... yeah yeah it was late i didn't think that looked right
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 8:14:00 PM EDT
Febreze??
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 8:32:00 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/10/2005 8:35:17 PM EDT by nascar3n8fan]
what is "odar"?

ETA Sorry I was forced to do it.
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 8:33:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/10/2005 8:35:25 PM EDT by chrome1]

Originally Posted By Aim4MyHead:
I need some tricks, tips for getting rid of odars.

Thanks ladies




Damn .......

I thought I was gonna learn a new acronym .

FWIW ......... I believe you mean Odor
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 8:37:33 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 8:49:02 PM EDT
Steam clean the carpets.


Fabrics hold oders.....carpeting can hold a LOT of oders -- ask anyone who has pets.
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 8:58:37 PM EDT
He has a spelling problem too..
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 9:04:01 PM EDT

Originally Posted By aztrooper:
He has a spelling problem too..



+1




exactly what is this 'odar' in?? the carpet?? the walls?? everything??



NUKE IT FROM ORBIT, ITS THE ONLY WAY TO BE SURE
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 9:14:31 PM EDT
Don't worry Aim, I knew what you meant. It's not as bad as having the hem of your skirt tucked into the back of your panties, that's for sure.

If the Febreze doesn't work I +1 nuking it from orbit.
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 9:23:17 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/10/2005 9:32:14 PM EDT by Joyce]
Actaully it is very simple.
Put a few drops of vanilla extract into the water based wall paint. Odor will vanish!

you may do the same with the carpet cleaner. Put it right into the carpet shampoo. BUT MAKE SURE TO TEST IT ON A HIDDEN CARPET SECTION FIRST!
Many fibres in carpets differ. What will work for some, will not work for others. Or floor cleaner--leave it on awhile if flooring only.
...And vanilla makes the paint more pleasant to work with anyway!
Joyce

Something I learned in college interior decorating!
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 9:26:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/10/2005 9:27:43 PM EDT by SP1Grrl]
Mop the tile with hot water and a little vinegar, then mop with Lysol; Vacuum the carpet with Carpet Fresh (but let it sit for a few minutes first), then Febreeze the heck out of it; wipe the walls down; open the windows and put some box fans in there to air it out for a day or so. Should help a ton...


If not, burn it.


Link Posted: 1/10/2005 9:41:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/10/2005 10:10:59 PM EDT by Ogre_4070]
You mentioned that he has mopped with bleach - is there any carpet in the unit?

He needs to add the baking soda or white vinegar to the water and clean everything - floors, walls, counters, curtains etc. If there is carpet, sprinkle the baking soda on it, leave it overnight and vacuum. May have to repeat. There is also a Woolite spray carpet cleaner with deodorizer; this works very well.

He can also try boiling a pot of water with a little vinegar added. Place shallow dishes of white vinegar throughout the apartment to absorb odors. Kitty litter will work as well.

Good luck!
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 9:47:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By diabolical_chicken:
NUKE IT FROM ORBIT, ITS THE ONLY WAY TO BE SURE



No doubt! That is a radioactive spice which is absorbed even into the paint on the walls...its chemical warfare...Fabreeze would never ever get it out. You have to remove and replace every last piece of everything...down to the drywall and possibly that too...
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 9:47:52 PM EDT
Vinegar is a great idea. But the problem with baking soda on a painted wall is that it won't be absorbed into the sheetrock to take the permeated odor away. vinegar many very well work on the floors but not he walls, should they be the problem.
get out that bottle of vanilla. the real stuff, not the imitation....Put it in the paint....
Joyce
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 9:48:02 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Joyce:
Actaully it is very simple.
Put a few drops of vanilla extract into the water based wall paint. Odor will vanish!

you may do the same with the carpet cleaner. Put it right into the carpet shampoo. BUT MAKE SURE TO TEST IT ON A HIDDEN CARPET SECTION FIRST!
Many fibres in carpets differ. What will work for some, will not work for others. Or floor cleaner--leave it on awhile if flooring only.
...And vanilla makes the paint more pleasant to work with anyway!
Joyce

Something I learned in college interior decorating!



Joyce you need your own show! You know everything, from meds to getting the stink out of things. I even quoted you the other day, my husband asked "Where did you hear that?" I said "Oh from Joyce on Arfcom."
You're like Martha Stewart, without the felony! Unless you want to share something with the group? lol
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 9:50:11 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 9:50:40 PM EDT
It's not just the carpet...it's the pad that will hold the stench...anything that is porous. Possibly the cleaner for cat urine might work...but I highly doubt it.

The only thing left to do is pray for your friend and his stinky building
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 10:01:31 PM EDT
new carpet and padding is the only real way to eliminate the stink
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 10:09:43 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/10/2005 10:12:25 PM EDT by Joyce]


Joyce you need your own show! You know everything, from meds to getting the stink out of things. I even quoted you the other day, my husband asked "Where did you hear that?" I said "Oh from Joyce on Arfcom."
You're like Martha Stewart, without the felony! Unless you want to share something with the group? lol



Ok wait...I don't remember saying anything about meds, but know quite a bit about them. rxlist.com + med terminology in college.
+ growing up in a family of ten and being poor, you learn A LOT~!~~
Oh---and four LAZY brothers. GRRR! Someone had to do the repairs! I was the youngest, so by the time I was a teeenager, hardly anyone was left at home but them! haha

I am just a mom...wait,..no one told me we didn't have to know all this!!!!!!!!DAMN!

Thanks, but PLEASE don't ever call me MARTHA!!!!
I can't stand her egotistical BS! And most of her ingredients are SO high priced!! She only offers for the elite. that just ain't right!
She has used recipes and called them "hers' that my mother used from 1935.

Don't get me started..oops too late!




PS-anyone need to know how to install a toilet or lay flooring???
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 5:09:05 AM EDT
Possibly cooking odors or the toilet. Check the kitchen ceiling out. Also... hate to say it, but check the walls and ceilings for strange dead things or rotted food. They may have been smoking serious weed in there so... maybe painting is a good idea. But my grandma would say, "Open all the windows and doors and air it out."
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 5:22:57 AM EDT
paint the entire apartment with "Kilz" (spelling?). It can be found at Home Depot. we used to use this stuff when restoring fire damaged houses and it took care of the smell.

A friend of mine also had to use it when he found over 100 dead cats in one of his apartments after the lady that was renting it died. Of course he also had the HAZMAT team in their to do an initial cleaning. But the Kilz stopped the odor.
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 5:33:40 AM EDT
All of the suggestions sound like a ton of work. I would just rent a good size professional ozone generator and leave it in there a couple of days.
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 6:03:37 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Got_Guns:
paint the entire apartment with "Kilz" (spelling?). It can be found at Home Depot. we used to use this stuff when restoring fire damaged houses and it took care of the smell.

A friend of mine also had to use it when he found over 100 dead cats in one of his apartments after the lady that was renting it died. Of course he also had the HAZMAT team in their to do an initial cleaning. But the Kilz stopped the odor.




Ah! I forgot about Kilz. That will definitely get the odor out of the walls, if it's in there. I had to Kilz a concrete floor once in college--my roomie's cat had ruined the carpet, so we had to pull it all up and seal the concrete. Kilz is great stuff and you can get it anywhere.
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 6:09:52 AM EDT
IT WAS LATE. I WAS TIRED. I KNOW HOW TO SPELL FREAKING ODOR AND MUCH LARGER WORDS. THE FACT THAT I DID NOT CARE AT THAT POINT IN MY LONG DAY HAD MORE TO DO WITH ME NOT PROOF READING IT. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE WHO DID NOT CONTRIBUTE ANYTHING OF SUBSTANCE TO THIS THREAD. ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU FOR SHOWING EVERYONE HOW BORING AND LIFELESS YOUR WORLD IS.


moving right along thanks everyone for the tips, I'm going to pass this on. There is no carpet and it's a drop tile ceiling. I told him to burn the place down but i don't think that's going to happen.

J
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 7:03:07 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Aim4MyHead:
IT WAS LATE. I WAS TIRED. I KNOW HOW TO SPELL FREAKING ODOR AND MUCH LARGER WORDS. THE FACT THAT I DID NOT CARE AT THAT POINT IN MY LONG DAY HAD MORE TO DO WITH ME NOT PROOF READING IT. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE WHO DID NOT CONTRIBUTE ANYTHING OF SUBSTANCE TO THIS THREAD. ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU FOR SHOWING EVERYONE HOW BORING AND LIFELESS YOUR WORLD IS. J




Someone needs a nap!
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 7:12:11 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Aim4MyHead:
he rented one unit to some hatians who



Easy solution. Rent to some more Haitians.

I am sure if they went in my Grandmothers house, they would be posting on haiti.com about the smell of the stuff she cooked with.

One whiff & they will feel right at home.

Link Posted: 1/11/2005 7:13:26 AM EDT

Originally Posted By CavVet:

Originally Posted By Aim4MyHead:
he rented one unit to some hatians who



Easy solution. Rent to some more Haitians.

I am sure if they went in my Grandmothers house, they would be posting on haiti.com about the smell of the stuff she cooked with.

One whiff & they will feel right at home.





So, just what does your grandma cook?



<---hungry!
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 2:29:49 PM EDT
A fresh coat of paint on the walls should help cover that spicy smell, but so would pooping on the floors. Sorry, I am not a domestic diva.
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 2:32:37 PM EDT
Prime & Paint the place, Ditch the carpets & all should be OK
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 10:40:12 PM EDT
If all else fails, there must be a business around that specializes in clean-up (smoke damage, etc.). May cost a pretty penny, but it costs a lot to have a retail unit that can't be rented out.....
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 8:51:54 AM EDT

Originally Posted By CavVet:

Originally Posted By Aim4MyHead:
he rented one unit to some hatians who



Easy solution. Rent to some more Haitians.




LOL!!!
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 12:02:16 PM EDT
Well that thread title was slightly misleading
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 1:13:21 PM EDT
Bulldoze and start all over again??hy.gif
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 1:18:19 PM EDT
Well one ting people tend to overlook is sometimes the culprit...

The fridge - First make sure its defrosted - anything in it that had odor is in the ice now...

The other thing is the drip catcher - they get plain old nasty - make sure its totally empty and spotless

AC units can also be a pain - wash the filter if not replacable - spary it out good with lysol and wipe out all the vents

what type of odor is it? smoke vomit bad milk?

knowing can give you clues...

L8r and g'luck
Link Posted: 1/13/2005 9:36:46 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Joyce:
Actaully it is very simple.
Put a few drops of vanilla extract into the water based wall paint. Odor will vanish!



-File in memory-

Excellent idea. Much more pleasant to work with than Kilz. That stuff will do a number on your sinuses, especially if you're not well ventilated. It becomes a mind altering experience if you have to do a small unventilated bathroom. Whew!
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