A mildew smell is not only unpleasant for you and your guests, but can also indicate mould growth, which can have a negative and lasting impact on your health. Musty smells usually indicate that moisture has settled for an extended period of time and mould or mildew has developed in your home. This article will offer help and advice on how to remove mildew from your home quickly and easily, so that you can maintain a pleasant and healthy environment.
1) How To Get Rid of Mildew: Find the Source of the Smell
In order to fully remove an odour, you must find the source. While it’s sometimes easy to find the source of musty smells – such as wet clothes that have been left in a sealed bag – other times is not as easy to identify. Mould can gather almost anywhere in your home, from your carpets and furniture, to mattresses and wood panelling.
To locate the smell:
- Move around the room where you smell the mildew and carefully sniff each area until you are certain where the smell is coming from—don’t forget to check the floors, walls, drawers, and vents.
- Remember, while perfumed room sprays may mask the odour, the only way to ensure the smell does not return is to thoroughly search your home for its source.
- If you are still unsure as to its location, consider calling a professional to help you identify the water damage.
2) How to Remove Mildew from Fabric
There are several methods for mildew removal on fabrics. One common method is soaking your linens in a mixture of vinegar and water for up to an hour, and then laundering your clothes as usual with a high quality detergent like Omo Liquid. Or, for an added boost of freshness in the wash, a fragranced detergent like Surf Tropical Lily & Ylang Ylang. You can also try to wash your clothes with store-bought odour eliminator, which usually comes in both liquid and powder. Odour eliminators are specially designed to absorb unpleasant odours without damaging your garments.