Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Most People Forget To Do That Against Musty Smells

Do you love walking in the forest? The open space offers a relaxing environment for the mind, and it takes you away from the car fumes of the urban life. The quiet wanderers can even cross paths with majestic wildlife animals, from nervous squirrels gathering nuts to larger mammals and their families. If you’re an avid bird watcher, you can even spot the Hooded Robin or the Diamond Firetail There’s something else you can notice in the forest: the smell of a damp landscape, the earthy humid smell of decaying wood when you walk past a fallen tree on the ground. In its natural environment, it is almost a pleasant smell as it is surrounded by tons of fresh air. The smell of natural decay is part of the experience of the woodland, from the tree coming back to ashes to the autumnal leaves rotting quietly into oblivion on the dirt path. The mind interprets these odours as a healthy indication of the seasonal transition in the woods. But what happens when they appear in your home? The smell of damp, loamy, earthy must is not something homeowners look forward to. At home, it’s the dreaded smell of mould formation. Before you grab for your trusted bottle of bleach, here’s what you need to do to get rid of mould for good.

Look where the water comes from

The most important thing to remember about the musty odour of mould is that it’s a sure sign of an unhealthy increase in humidity. For instance, if you’ve got old double-glazing windows, the humidity might have got caught between the two sheets of glass over time and might now be spreading around the window. Similarly, a bathroom that lacks an efficient fan system can retain a damp atmosphere even long after you’ve showered. While these issues might be costly to fix, they are, thankfully, easy to spot. It’s a different kettle of fish when you’re trying to track a water leak inside your structure. More often than not, you might notice a weak spot in a mouldy corner where the wallpaper has started to bubble. This can help you to spot the potential location of water within your walls. You might also see slight cracking lines in the corner of a musty room, which are the result of water inside the wall pushing through. Another common sign occurs in the basement if the foundation of the house isn’t not entirely watertight. The presence of flooding in the basement can facilitate the formation of mouldy patches in your home.

Improve air circulation

Not all mould issues are linked to a water leak. If there is no sign of water infiltration, through the insulation, the roof, the wall or even the basement in your home, then it’s fair to say that the damp environment that encourages mouldy patches isn’t a case of weakening structures exposed to water. This is good news because it means that your issues are much easier to sort out. A home that lacks regular ventilation retains the air indoors. Failures to release the H2O you naturally breathe out increases the humidity levels in your home. In other words, the easiest solution is to ventilate your home. It doesn’t mean that you should be looking for a better A/C unit. You can open all your windows for a short while to renew the air inside your home. As simplistic as it might sound, this is by far the best approach for your health and your home. The introduction of a balanced ventilation system, with heat recovery, can help to improve the regular delivery of fresh air to the rooms that are most lived in and to exhaust indoor air from rooms where moisture is generated while maintaining the temperature inside your home.

Fibre materials require special treatment

Fibres furniture, decoration and clothes exposed to mould formation – either directly by displaying mouldy patches or indirectly by being stored within an infected area – can retain an unpleasant smell even after a first clean. There are elements that you will need to consider changing to get rid of the odour, such as buying new custom-made blinds and curtains for your home, as these can be tricky to wash. For carpets and rugs, though,  you can more easily vacuum the affected area and use a mixture of vinegar and warm water, followed by baking soda to get rid of the musty odour. Most DIY shops also sell  dedicated foam carpet shampoo to clean the fibres in depth. However, if the carpet is old, it’s possible that the fibres have been broken down by the presence of mould in the air, and consequently, you will need to consider the purchase of a new carpet.

Musty smells and wood furniture

Wood furniture can develop a musty smell over time, which is common for pieces of furniture in humid rooms or simply vintage units that have been stored away for a long time. Getting rid of unpleasant smells in the wood demands a lot of patience and dedication, and you might have to combine several methods to reach your objective. The easiest way is to wipe the wood clean with a sponge damped with a mixture of vinegar, quality oil wood soap and antifungal detergent. If this doesn’t work, you can place a plastic container with vinegar inside your furniture and let it absorb the smell for a few days.

Reduce mould formation risks

Last, but not least, cleaning a mouldy patch isn’t synonymous with a mould-free home. There is still a risk that it might come back. Consequently, you need to take every precaution to keep a home environment that doesn’t encourage mould formation. If your home is likely to become humid, you might want to add a dehumidifier to control the air humidity in the room and get rid of excess moisture before it leads to issues. Additionally, you need to ensure that you vacuum your home regularly – at least once a week, or twice if you’ve got pets – as dust can provide a welcoming environment for fungus growth.

The bottom line is that a musty smell can happen for a variety of reasons. Not only do you need to identify the underlying cause but you also need to remove the spores from the air, your furniture and your room effectively to prevent them from reappearing. Ultimately; when you can smell it, it’s already too late. So, keep cleaning until the smell goes away.