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Refresh your home: how to get rid of the smell of staleness in the house

Yulia PoteriankoLife
Dust, mold, tobacco smoke, and animal odors accumulate in the house over time

You've probably noticed that a room that hasn't been renovated or at least thoroughly cleaned, with all the furniture moved out of the way for a long time, develops a characteristic unpleasant odor. It occurs for many reasons - due to the accumulation of dust in textiles, the aging of some interior materials, traces of tobacco smoke if you smoke at home, pet odors, and so on. A separate contribution to this odor can be made by mold, which is invisible at first glance. This is called the "old age" odor. And many people wonder how to get rid of the musty smell at home.

OBOZREVATEL has collected some tips on how to freshen up the atmosphere in your home. Some of them require just an investment of effort, while others will require some money. But everyone will find an affordable way.

General cleaning

The same general cleaning with moving furniture and washing all surfaces is the fastest way to get rid of a musty odor. All you need is a wall and floor cleaner, dusting agent, and window cleaner. Anything that can be washed and washed will need to be washed and washed, all far corners and deep shelves will need to be wet cleaned, and upholstered furniture will need to be vacuumed and ventilated. It's best to dry the room after a general cleaning for more than one day so that fresh air, and ideally a draft, can remove all extraneous odors.

It is best to wash the walls and floor in such a room with a mixture of water and white vinegar. This vinegar has a less pungent odor than its food-grade counterpart, but it has similar deodorizing properties.

Cosmetic repairs

If you have a little more time and a little more money to spare, you can make cosmetic repairs in the room. The fact is that building materials also can absorb odors. This is especially true of wallpaper. Therefore, to effectively get rid of the odor, it would be a good idea to add their re-gluing and fresh painting of the surfaces to the general cleaning. Dry cleaning of furniture, carpets, and decorative pillows will also be effective. You can call the cleaners to your home to do it - it will be more convenient.

Aromatize the room

To prevent the musty smell from returning, you can use various products that absorb foreign aromas and freshen the air. For example, activated carbon or baking soda. Pour them into a wide container - the larger the surface of such a "deodorizer," the more effective it is. It is enough to place a few of these in inconspicuous places.

You can also make natural home fragrances. Put bowls with coffee beans or dried citrus peels in the rooms. Some houseplants, such as chlorophytum, various types of ficus, and sansevieria, will also help. Pay attention to plants that help fight household dust.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL talked about different ways to make home fragrances, as well as special fragrances for the bathroom and toilet.

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