The odor that comes with mold and mildew can linger in the air that you breathe for a surprisingly long period of time. Fortunately, there are ways in order for you to get rid of this unpleasant scent. Thoroughly cleaning of the room where the smell is permeating can help you eliminate the smell. Ventilating the room also helps. There are a number of products that are designed to absorb odors and moisture, so you may find these helpful as well. Lastly, you may want to consider utilizing dehumidifiers.
In order for you to get rid of the odors associated with mildew, you should use a solution of water and bleach to clean the surfaces of the affected rooms. Allow the air to dry them naturally. You should also look for any cardboard or paper that has mold and mildew on them and dispose them. Fabrics can also contribute, so get rid of them as well. If there are fabrics that you value, you can always have them laundered. Finally, if there are pieces of upholstered furniture that emits mildew odor, it is your best option to have them disposed of.
Once you have completed an extensive cleaning job, ventilate the room. Open all windows in that area to allow fresh air to circulate. This will help you get rid of the lingering smell of mildew as well as the odor of the solution (water and bleach) that you used. If the room has a screen door and the weather is nice, you should consider leaving it open for some time.
As mentioned above, there are some products specifically designed to absorb and get rid of unpleasant smells, including those that have been produced by mildew. For instance, there are products consisting of granules that do not only absorb these unpleasant odors, but also excess moisture. In addition to granules, there are also sprays designed for the same purpose. However, make sure that you choose a non-toxic spray so that you can avoid health problems.
If you do not want to purchase commercial products such as those previously discussed, you can always make your own cleaning and smell-ridding solutions. Aside from the water and bleach solution, you can use charcoal briquettes placed in small receptacles like a coffee container. Leave this in the room affected by the bad odor of mildew overnight. Baking soda is another great ingredient that will help you get rid of mold and mildew odor. It is important for you to periodically ensure that mold is not affecting any room in your house, as the smell will go back if you do not. Regularly do the cleaning tips discussed previously to help you make sure of this.
Or, if you don’t have the time to do all of these, you can contact professionals who can do the dehumidification and mold removal for you. They are experts in this field who can guarantee that your home is the best place to live in for you and your family.