Indian cuisine is one of the most popular in the world, especially in the UK and Australia. Not only is it delicious, but the spices in curry powder help to prevent cancer and heart disease and benefit the body in numerous other ways such as by boosting the immune system. However, curry isn't all sugar and spice and all things nice. It also happens to have one of the most pungent odours known to man. While this may be pleasant at the time of eating, a home that is saturated with curry odours can become an unpleasant and distracting place to live.
If your home, property or rental property is permeated by the smell of curry, take the following steps to remove the odour completely.
Clean Curtains, Cushions, and Bed-Clothes
First of all, remove all fabrics such as curtains, cushions and bed clothes as these can retain odours. Wash them thoroughly and store them somewhere else while you clean the rest of your property.
Sprinkle Baking Soda Over Upholstered Furniture
Sprinkle upholstered furniture with baking soda and leave the baking soda to soak up the curry odour overnight. The odours have likely penetrated to the inner layers of your furniture. Just to be sure and to remove any lingering smells, use a microbial-based spray that contains odour-eating bacteria.
Have Carpets Professionally Cleaned
Your carpets and the floors under them will also retain the smell of curry. If you plan on moving some new tenants into your property, you should probably have hire a professional carpet cleaning service. While this is being done, you can then get to work on removing the curry odour from the floors beneath any area rugs and carpets.
Clean Walls, Ceilings, and Floors with Sugar Soap
Designed for cleaning surfaces that are about to be painted or wall papered, sugar soap is not just good at removing stains, but also at neutralising odours. Leave no surface untouched, including the floors where your newly cleaned carpets will soon go. Remember, it is no good cleaning your carpets if the smell of curry still saturates your floors.
Paint the Walls and Ceiling with a Sealant Primer
Before you begin painting your walls and ceilings, apply a coat of sealant primer to seal in any remaining odours. By the time you get around to painting your property, the smell of curry will be all but gone.
Change the Air Filters
Some people forget this step and wonder why their property still smells of curry. Change the air filters in your HVAC system as they too will retain the smell of curry.
To prevent this problem in future, remember to remind your tenants to properly air out your property whenever they fancy a curry.