There are certain causes of a foul or musty smell that may just develop when moisture sinks into materials in the home or office such as carpets that are left without having them air dried. Having kept indoor trash bags and packed items that have accumulated moisture can likewise develop a bad smell. The kind of unpleasant odor for the area gets stronger when the source of the smell is not cleaned up. This means that there are unsafe molds that have already developed giving way to bacteria growth. This is a hazardous atmosphere for people who have asthma, allergies or other types of respiratory problems. Below are the materials that you need along with the instructions on how to get rid of the musty smell.
Step 1-Determine the Area and Cause of the Musty Smell
Locate the area where the unpleasant odor is coming from. The areas affected should be thoroughly cleaned of all dirt and trash that could be the source of the musty smell. The room must be swept and mopped clean. The surrounding windows must also be cleaned using some cleaning agents. Inspect very well as items that were initially moved to initiate the cleaning of the area that they do not contain any molds developing. If molds are seen, wipe them off with soap or any cleaning agent. Things that are permanent fixtures in the area such as books, papers, pictures and other documents must be sealed in plastic containers to protect them from moisture and air that cause molds to grow.
Step 2-Treating Carpets with Odor
Carpets or area rugs are causes for molds to grow and spread because they can easily get wet but hard to dry up. An area with these carpets as décor must have thorough cleaning and follow-up to make sure that they are kept dry, even if they are carpet steamed.
A dehumidifier may be the solution to drying up the moisture that develops in a particular area of a home or office. Determine the size of the dehumidifier that you need to purchase so that it could cover the whole area of the room.
Step 4-Scraping Molds from Walls
For the walls, use a paint scraper or a wire brush to scrape through molds that are seen growing on the surface. Any cleaning agent such as a bleach mixture may be used to wipe the walls. It is advised to used rubber gloves and protective mask during the clean-up. Be sure to have the walls fully dried.
Step 5-Use Paint or Sealant
Clean up any remaining fragments from the cleaning agent used. A mildew-resistant paint or sealant may be used to be applied to the walls. It is also advised that for basements, using paint or sealant that is mildew-resistant can protect the flooring and walls from having moisture develop.