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  1. #1
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    Default Odour from Asian Cuisine

    I've just had tenants move out. Professional couple, not very good housekeepers and always kept the house shut up and curtains drawn.
    Overtime the cooking odour has built up and even after washing the curtains, they still reek.
    Have opened all the windows and doors for a week and it's still lingering, I believe in the curtains, carpets and other porous surfaces. Walls have all been washed - now I understand better the sign some motels have about this type of food.
    I'll give the new tenants 12 containers of Glade carpet deodoriser.

    Would welcome any other suggestions.

    Cheers

    Phil

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    Doesn't a handy towel coated in caramel essence absorb odours?

    Maybe just an old wives tale.

    Maybe you should use the whole roll?

    Good luck

    Steve
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevegoodey
    Doesn't a handy towel coated in caramel essence absorb odours?

    Maybe just an old wives tale.

    Maybe you should use the whole roll?

    Good luck

    Steve
    I think that should be pure VANILLA essense, and I know it does work well in fridges. You put it in the water and wipe it down to get rid of that fridge smell. Maybe wipe it over the paintwork would work.
    Have you cleaned the ceilings?

    Cheers
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    See if you can get hold of an ozone machine. That would help...

    Or just rent to more asians?

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    Thanks everyone.
    Off to try the vanilla essence but keep the ideas coming as there aren't too many asians down this way ( Wairarapa )

    Cheers

    Phil

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    Default Try Febreze

    Should work for carpets. Also the old standbys of baking soda and white vinegar (separately) are supposed to be very good at removing smells.

    Suggest get a big container of baking soda (1 kg or more - it's cheap) sprinkle liberally over the carpets and floor in every room and see how the odour is after a couple of days.

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    There are a couple of things you could try.
    Cut onions absorb odour. Take off the skins and cut in half.
    There is a product called nil odour - it comes in tiny bottles about the size of a vanilla essence bottle. Sprinkle that on the carpets and curtains.
    Also we have an air treatment system that removes really gross smells such as smelly nappy odours. They are expensive to buy, but you may be able to rent one. Let me know if you are interested and I'll see if I can find one to rent near you.

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    Thanks everyone

    Have painted kitchen ceiling with enamel, done the carpet thing and am wiping the walls with vanilla essence. Will see how all that goes. Along with opening all the windows ( they love to keep the windows shut and the curtains drawn ) to a lovely southerly blowing through, there is a definite improvement and you've given me a lot of alternatives.

    Thanks

    Phil

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    Neutradol spray, open windows, and time, repeat formula.
    My partner also likes to burn essential oils such as rosemary, orange, mint, eucalyptus

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    I have found that the smell gets into to some strange places.
    Best to clean down the paint work and even the wall paper if it will take it.
    "move it" or "30 seconds" is great. They now make an indoor 30 seconds but have not used it myself. The outdoor stuff works good on ceilings but it is bad news on carpets and some paints due to the chlorine.
    Good idea to pull the stove out from the wall and clean the walls behind.
    Range hoods are great places to hold fatty smelly stuff.
    You would be surprised how much a thin film of "stuff" on the windows can smell.
    And as for those carpets. Just remember that not all carpet shampooers are equal. Sometimes you simply have to do them twice.
    After working there for a while you might start to not notice it.

    Glenn


 

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