Jan
30

Getting Rid of That Mildew Smell in the House

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So, you’ve successfully cleaned the mildew and mold from the affected area, but the smell is still lingering – what do you do? The first step is to double check that you cleaned the area where the mildew was originating from. Cleaning is the best method for removing any type of mold or mildew smells that are sitting in the air, so you want to make sure you’ve done it properly.

  1. Double Checking Mildew Cleanup

    • Throw out any papers or cardboard that was in the affected area. These materials can absorb the mold spores that were hanging around in the air which will in turn begin to smell.
    • Invest in the right fabric cleaner for the furniture. If you don’t carefully wash the furniture, you could be looking at another cause for the lingering mildew smell.
    • Open a window if possible after you’ve cleaned. It’s important to ventilate the area in case there are any mold spores still hanging around in the air. Plus, you don’t want to leave that bleach smell in your home for too long because the fumes will inevitably give you a headache.
  2. Investing in an Odor Absorber

    One of the best ways to eliminate any type of odor is by invest in good odor absorbers like a spray, or a wall plug-in. If you don’t want to go out and buy some Febreeze or a Glade Plug-In, baking soda is the best do-it-yourself method. You don’t even have to put it on the carpeting, just take a box of baking soda, open it, and let it sit in the room that smells. Every few months, you’ll want to replace the box, but that’s a pretty easy go-to method.

  3. Keeping the Mildew Smell Out

    So, you’ve removed the smell, but how do you make sure that it stays smelling fresh and clean? You’ll want to make sure that you clean the area far more than you initially did because that’s how the mildew formed in the first place. One of the best ways to battle mold and mildew is to give the area access to plenty of fresh air as long as the weather allows it. Fresh, dry air is a huge enemy to both mildew and mold, plus getting some ventilation in your home never hurts. If you live in an area that’s prone to humid weather, then you may want to invest in a dehumidifier to ensure that your home will stay dry.

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