How to Remove Decomposition Odors in 3 Steps

Odors caused by decomposition often require specific steps for removal. Organic materials immediately begin to decompose after death, and while that is a completely normal process, it can cause an overwhelming concentration of malodorous compounds. This means that store-bought diluted solutions may not be powerful enough to eliminate smell.

In fact, some of these odors may signal the presence of dangerous chemicals that can be lethal when mixed with domestic cleaning products, such as chlorine and ammonia.

This may be particularly true for dead animals that are decomposing in your home without your knowledge. “Animal carcasses are often hidden in crevices of the home or behind layers of sheetrock.” If this is the case, and you’re able to locate the source in your home, you may be able to tackle the decomposition odors.

Steps to Safely Remove Decomposition Odors

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Step One: Ventilate

It’s important to ventilate the area to help remove the odor from the air. Open all windows, doors, and other points of entry to maximize the flow of fresh air. Ceiling fans, box fans, and portable fans should be utilized inside the space where removal is needed.

Step Two: Wash

Whether you need to clean a hard surface floor, carpet, or furniture, there are a few universal measures you should follow:

  • Always wear protective garments, such as gloves and a face mask.
  • Always use a registered disinfectant product with a broad spectrum kill claim.
  • Always wipe odorous area from the outside toward the center to avoid spreading.

You may use equal parts white vinegar and water as an additional cleaning step. Wet the area, let it sit for several minutes, and pat it dry with a lint-free rag.

Step Three: Absorb

To help ensure that the decomposition odors are permanently removed, set a bowl of vinegar or baking soda near the cleaned area. This will help absorb any lingering smells. Keep in mind that the bowls should be placed well out of reach of pets and young children.

What if the Odor is Too Much to Manage Alone?

When the odor of decomposition seems too overwhelming for you to manage, you have other resources. Aftermath, founded in 1996, is a national bioremediation company with more than 32 regional and mobile offices.

We maintain the highest standards in cleaning, disinfecting, and safety compliance with our 28-point checklist. But more importantly is the human aspect of our team. We offer moral support and unparalleled compassion for those we serve, ensuring that the process is made less complicated and daunting.

For more information, please contact one of our friendly representatives today.



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