While many people are looking forward to spring in the air, there are some residential and commercial property owners who are curling up their noses because of a stench in the air. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside can be two to 100 times more polluted than outside. Sources of bad smells can include mildew, mold, smoke,  urine, foods, or just plain dirt. When these sources are combined, they odor can be problematic.

To control these odors, Rainbow International offers a few tips on how to dispel unwelcome smells:

• Identify the source. A leaky faucet or recent flooding or water damage can cause a mold and mildew smell. Pets can leave behind smells in the form of urine in places you may not know. If you have a smoker in the property, smoke lingers and attaches to curtains, furniture and air vents. Spoiled foods, dirty dishes, or excess trash can also emit smells.

• Schedule a cleaning. In food service areas, flush the garbage disposal by running it with lemon or orange wedges or ice cubes to remove stuck food and lingering stenches. Clean out the refrigerator in break rooms by removing items and wiping down the inside with a cleaning solution. You might also place an opened box of baking soda in the refrigerator to absorb unwanted smells. To clean your laundering equipment, run machines on low cycle with a proper combination of bleach and warm water to keep it fresh. Wipe up spills and pet accidents immediately to prevent saturation into the carpet and schedule regular deep cleanings to prevent smells and improve air quality. Vacuum, sweep and mop often.

• Use the fresh air. When possible, open the windows to let the smells escape. If available, run the exhaust fan in areas prone to moisture. This will help direct excess moisture out of the area and prevent possible mildew and mold. Removing the humidity from a business with a dehumidifier may also reduce the risk of mildew and mold.