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Tips for Removing Musty Odor from Mold and Mildew from your Home

Ewww.  What’s that musty smell?

There’s nothing more unpleasant then walking into a home and smelling a damp, musty odor.  But getting rid of a moldy smell can be challenging. Here’s some advice for ways to freshen up your home while removing musty odor from mold and mildew.

Where is Moldy Odor Lurking in Your Home

– Basement
– Clothing
– Draperies
– Linens
– Furniture
– Carpet
– Attic
– Bathroom
– Camper
– Washing machine

Do you have a stuffy nose? Do your eyes feel irritated? Do you see mold and mildew growth on the surface? Can you smell it when you walk into the room?  If so you probably do have a musty odor problem that needs to be addressed.

Mold and mildew flourishes in places that are dark, damp, and humid. So removing these conditions can cut down on the mold and mildew growth.

While a quick cleaning may make the area smell better, the odor source must be addressed for long term odor removal. So look around your home to see where the water is getting in or building up.

There may be a leak that is causing moisture build up.  This could be a crack in the foundation or roof.  You could need to improve the drainage around your home so water doesn’t leak in through the foundation during storms. Look if you need to apply fresh caulking to reseal the windows.
You may need to just add a dehumidifier to remove the excess moisture from the air. Or perhaps you have a leaky, dripping faucet that needs repair.

Sometimes laundry smells damp if you leave it overnight in the washing machine.  Or you could have a mildew buildup inside of your washer that needs to be cleaned. Maybe you left a damp bath towel or gym clothes crumpled up on the floor and they got musty.

Anything you can do to increase air circulation will help to ventilate and dry damp areas.
For instance you can run the ceiling fan or open the door or window while showers to let
the steam out. Plus there are mold resistant paints you can use in the bathroom or other damp areas of your home.

Musty Smell Removal Tips

First remove the source of moisture.  Secondly do your best to thoroughly clean the surfaces that
contain the musty smell. Laundering fabrics with vinegar and hot water is very effective for helping
damp curtains, bedding or clothing to smell fresh again.  If needed, do a second washing with vinegar to remove any lingering musty odor.  Works like magic.

Have a mildew smell in your carpet? No worries.  You can remove mildew from carpet with a few tried and trusted methods. First dry the air in the room. Next spray the back of the carpet with a hydrogen peroxide and water mixture to kill the mold.  The best way to remove the smell from carpet it to take it up and place in a sunny place for several days.  Turn the carpet over so that back gets completely dry as well.

Scrub all affected surfaces to remove the surface mold and mildew.  You can also use a ion air purifier to clean the air.  They do this by creating pure ozone in the air which can remove the mold and the mold spores in the air.

Secrets to Keeping your Home Smelling Fresh

Open the curtains to let sunshine in.  Crack the windows open to improve circulation and allow fresh air in.  You can also purchase activated charcoal.  It’s very inexpensive and excellent at pulling out odor from the air.  Setting a box of baking soda will absorb foul odors from the air too.  You can also sprinkle the baking soda liberally on the carpet and allow it to sit overnight.  Vacuum in the morning for fresher smelling carpet.

Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to removing musty mold and mildew smells for good!

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