Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Home & GardenCleaning & Laundry · 1 decade ago

How do I get rid of the musty smell from the house being closed up?

We just moved into our grandparent's house that has not been lived in for a long time. There is a strong musty smell in one room. How can we get rid of it?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Check for water leaks. There undoubtedly is one. Once you find it, repair it.

    Lysol will kill the smell in the meantime.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Try to keep the windows opened ,wash and paint the walls ,if there is a carpet on the floor either remove it or have a pro steam cleaner over . Get a few bags of charcoal and open them up into the rooms they absorb odours of mustiness.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    well if you can do with out the room for a weak or so I would say to get some mothballs place a hand full around the room open the widows close the door to the rest of the house. take the mothballs out after about a week treat room with good washing of the walls ,floors and windows this should work good luck with this.

    o yes if room is carpeted u may wont to make sure the carpet has not gotten wet some were. you may need to try shampooing it

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If possible open the windows and doors to allow fresh air inside. Also use plenty of vanilla scented candles, they remove mustiness from a room better than any air spray.

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  • ?
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    If it has carpeting, consider replacing. Old carpet and pad will hold odors no matter how much you clean them. You can check for moisture problems when you pull up the carpet.

    Try the other ideas you've gotten so far. Opening windows, cleaning, etc. Clean the windows as well. Sometimes windows and sills add to the smell.

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  • 1 decade ago

    open all the windows turn on fans and a air conditioner if you have one, get a thing from Home depot or lows call "damp rid" it is in a little tub or you can hang them in closets they pull any moisture out of the air, once done with that if you can clean the carpets and get a fresh coat of paint and you should be good to go...

    Source(s): renovated a 40 year old building, with 157 apartments, i am a property manager
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  • 1 decade ago

    try a good smelling fabric softener such as gain or you favorite kind diluted w/ water in a spray bottle and try spaying it all around including carpet couches etc.

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