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How to get rid of a musty odor in the house once and for all: useful tips

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A musty odor in the house is caused by mold or fungus. Therefore, it can not only ruin the atmosphere but also negatively affect your health.

Fortunately, there is an effective way to get rid of this problem and prevent it from occurring in the future. Apartment Therapy told us about it.

If you smell something musty in your home, it's likely that mold has appeared somewhere. To get rid of the stench once and for all, you should never mask it with fragrances. You need to find the place affected by the fungus and clean it as soon as possible.

As a rule, this problem often appears in places with high humidity and poor air circulation, such as basements, bathrooms, etc. When looking for mold, pay special attention to dark corners, areas behind furniture and under sinks.

How to get rid of the odor?

To get rid of a musty odor in your home, you need to immediately eliminate its source. Throw away wet wood, fabric, or any other porous surface that is affected by mold or fungus. If the material is structurally a part of your home, sand the surface until all the wet or musty part is removed, and then spray it with an antimicrobial spray.

It's not enough to just visually remove the mold, as the fungal spores can spread quite deeply and eventually trigger the odor again.

If you don't want to throw away certain items, you can first try washing them with vinegar to see if the odor disappears. If not, then don't put yourself in danger and get rid of the spoiled items.

How do I prevent musty odors from returning?

The best way to prevent musty odors from returning is to prevent moisture from accumulating in the room. Dry out any areas where water stagnates, repair plumbing, and ventilate your home regularly and thoroughly.

You can also buy a dehumidifier and maintain a humidity level of about 40%.

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