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I'm living in a new place. On the second floor there is somebody who smells really bad, when I'm walking up the stairs its like a nursing home x 10 on that floor. I'm on the 4th and when I keep the windows open its fine but after having them closed for around a day or so, the smell creeps up here.

Keeping a window open every day isn't really practical since it goes down to -30C around here in the winter so what do you guys suggest to avoid the smell? I saw a commercial for an automatic air freshener for bathrooms in the tv once, are those any good?

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    There are a lot of different things one might describe as "old people smell" or "nursing home". Can you be more specific? Moth balls? Old spice? Feces? Mildew? – Grant Mar 25 '16 at 0:27
  • Fre breeze spray or Oder be gone depends on if it is tobacco or urin both have helped me. – Ed Beal Mar 25 '16 at 1:59
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    @EdBeal Did you mean "Odor be gone", or "Older be gone"? – Tester101 Mar 25 '16 at 13:08
  • Yep Odor be gone , but Older would be funny . thanks tester – Ed Beal Mar 25 '16 at 13:33
  • I'm an older person. I like the smell. – Rob Mar 25 '16 at 14:11
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This situation calls for a conversation with your property manager. Airflow is probably the only solution, and it may be necessary to ask the downstairs resident to keep an exhaust fan on for a larger part of each day.

You might also investigate ionization filters, though they have their own issues. Ozone can be problematic for some.

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Most likely is that someone spilled something on that floor's floor & never cleaned it up or out. Complain to the Landlord & have them thoroughly clean all of the common areas.

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