How to get rid of lingering condo odors?

I'm moving into a condo that has lingering odors. Besides getting the carpets cleaned and replacing the drapes, what other advice do you have?

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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Dec 18, 2017
    Open the windows,place open boxes of baking soda around,do not use sprays that mask odors.wall all the cabinets out with white vinegar and anything else that still has odors

  • Pascale Nguyen Pascale Nguyen on Dec 18, 2017
    Sometimes you just need to open the windows to let fresh air in. If it's too cold wait for a warm day. You may want to try putting vinegar in a dish and leave out overnight in a room. You can boil some water with citrus peels or slices in a pan. Turn off and leave on stove the citrus smell will permeate your place.

  • Charcoal. Spread a bag of charcoal around the house for a week or so. Did you wash the walls? Since it is a condo, hopefully your a/c and heating ducts are not too comingled as that could be where some of the odors may be coming from.

  • Shoshana Shoshana on Dec 18, 2017
    Place a bowl of white vinegar in each room of your house and let it sit overnight. The vinegar will absorb pretty much any odor – everything from cigarette smoke to pet odors. Don’t worry about the vinegar smell that may remain, it will dissipate quickly once the vinegar is removed.

  • Chris Rager Chris Rager on Dec 18, 2017
    good possibility it's old mold or fungus behind the walls or under the floors need to do the history

  • Kei31845064 Kei31845064 on Dec 18, 2017
    repaint using satin paint with the paint adder " frebreeze" deoderizer mixed into it, available where you buy your paint

  • Snapoutofit Snapoutofit on Dec 18, 2017
    paint the ceiling using this odor remover additive - Mix with any paint or prime to eliminate surface odors on walls and ceilings

  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Dec 18, 2017
    Scrub the walls.

  • SandyG SandyG on Dec 18, 2017
    Sometimes it takes painting also. If you do paint, make sure to use a primer KILZ first. Also wood can absorb odors, so thoroughly clean cabinets. And open windows when you can to help get rid of odors.

  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Dec 18, 2017
    Give the surfaces a good scrubbing. You might want to do some painting as well. Home Depot rents oxygenators. Place has to be closed up and people and pets out while it does its job. Tricky as you have a condo and you don't know how airtight you can make yours - and it might affect next door neighbours. If you aren't renting, then I'd seriously consider tearing up the carpeting and laying hardwood - will increase your home value - and using area rugs that can be sent out if necessary. Carpeting is nothing but a dirt collector and shows wear patterns after a couple of years. The really good stuff is also more expensive than hardwood with a fraction of the life span.

  • RC Leach RC Leach on Dec 19, 2017
    Paint all walls and if possible, ceilings, and sprinkle 3-4 boxes of baking soda all over the carpet, brush or sweep it around, then vacuum it up after a couple of days.