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Old 06-23-2019, 06:23 PM
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Itís new tenant time July 1st and old tenants just moved out. 700ft2 one bed in a high rise building. Old tenants were a couple completing their residencies from India who spent three years. Place is spotless but there is a noticeable but not obnoxious curry smell. I cracked the windows before I left today.

Any ideas? Walls need very little touchup so not looking to do the Kilz /repaint. New tenants are a little demanding but paid the year up front so would like to keep them happy.
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Ozone machine! I went to Bahrain for a week and when I came home my wife was shocked at how long it took for that crap to stop oozing out of my skin!
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Carpets? If yes remove them. Paint the walls and if you have drapes chuck them.

Good luck but that stuff has a life of itís own.
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Ozone machine! I went to Bahrain for a week and when I came home my wife was shocked at how long it took for that crap to stop oozing out of my skin!
Never needed it for a house, but have heard a lot of recommendations for ozone machines. My understanding is that they can be rented.

I was pumping gas in my car a few years back and went in to get something. The mechanism didn't flip off when it got full and gas actually entered into my car. It was in winter and the fumes stayed there for at least a month. I finally asked for help and someone suggested an ozone machine, but said that it would have a negative impact on some of the plastics - so I didn't use it.
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If you want the Kilz to work, you have to use the oil based.

The smell will be strong when painting, so expect the windows to be open for a few more days.
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Ozone machine. Rent one from Sunbelt.
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Ozone machine - cheap, and work (despite my doubts, thanks wife!).
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If you want the Kilz to work, you have to use the oil based.

The smell will be strong when painting, so expect the windows to be open for a few more days.
Hardwood throughout and tile bath.

That’s why I said I did t wants to do the Kilz red lettering with white can. That stuff will kill your sense of smell.

So Amazon has a bunch of Ozone machines for $60-180. I’ll probavky just buy one if them unless anybody thinks they are complete garbage.
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Hardwood throughout and tile bath.

Thatís why I said I did t wants to do the Kilz red lettering with white can. That stuff will kill your sense of smell.

So Amazon has a bunch of Ozone machines for $60-180. Iíll probavky just buy one if them unless anybody thinks they are complete garbage.
Just buy the best one they have. You wonít regret it. I have them and use them in RVís. Best investment yet.
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Hardwood throughout and tile bath.

Thatís why I said I did t wants to do the Kilz red lettering with white can. That stuff will kill your sense of smell.

So Amazon has a bunch of Ozone machines for $60-180. Iíll probavky just buy one if them unless anybody thinks they are complete garbage.
they donít compare to a remediation level machine, which is what sunbelt carries. Same thing Servpro and similar use. The small cheap ones make work, but they wonít do so nearly as quickly.
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Microwave some salmon.

No more curry smell.
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If the unit has central air try turning the fan on for a few days with the windows cracked open. Works great for bacon and anything my parents fry (they fry everything) whenever they come stay with us for a while.
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Itís new tenant time July 1st and old tenants just moved out. 700ft2 one bed in a high rise building. Old tenants were a couple completing their residencies from India who spent three years. Place is spotless but there is a noticeable but not obnoxious curry smell. I cracked the windows before I left today.

Any ideas? Walls need very little touchup so not looking to do the Kilz /repaint. New tenants are a little demanding but paid the year up front so would like to keep them happy.
Vital oxide Amazon has it works great
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Spray a can of scented lysol in the AC return, with the fan running. I did that on a rental house and it helped clear out the musty smell. I have no idea about curry smell tho, that stuff is rank!

You can also buy a can of AC coil cleanse stuff from grainger. I did that on another house to clean the coil of the AC. There was a smell for a few days after.
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Love Indian people, hardest working folks there are. That said, I dread when they move out.
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Spray a can of scented lysol in the AC return, with the fan running. I did that on a rental house and it helped clear out the musty smell. I have no idea about curry smell tho, that stuff is rank!

You can also buy a can of AC coil cleanse stuff from grainger. I did that on another house to clean the coil of the AC. There was a smell for a few days after.
This is a 200 unit building. AC for the building is driven by steam with each unit having an individual fan with a cooler to control temp.

I think ill just buy the 2000+ft2 ozone machine from Amazon and see how it works.
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