There are a few different ways to get rid of a mildew smell. Depending on what you are trying to remove the smell from will determine what methods you are going to use to remove the smell. Below will be some methods that you can use to remove the mildew smell and get that clean feeling back.
Basement & Bathroom Mildew Smells
If you are trying to remove mildew and the smell of mildew in such places as a basement or bathroom, the most common and popular way of removing the odor is to take some bleach to the area that contains the smell. You will need to have a spray bottle with a concoction of one-half bleach to one-half water and then spray the area that you are trying to treat.
Once you have sprayed the area, allow to sit for a couple of minutes and follow with a bottle of nothing but water. You will then need to have a washcloth or rag that will not be used afterward for other cleaning solutions to wipe the bleach off the wall with the pure water.
Once you have rinsed the wall off with the water and wiped it allow it to sit for a couple of hours with the window’s open and doors to air the area out. This will allow the smell to be brought in of clean, fresh air. Once this is done, you should clean the area frequently and allow to air out on occasion. This will make the area smell much better.
Mildew Smell on Clothes
If you have some old clothes that you have had stored for a while, you can hang these clothes in the sun for a short time and allow the sun to be soaked into the clothes. You will need to have purchased some laundry detergent that is meant to treat mildew smelling clothes.
Once you have placed the products into the washer, place the appropriate amount of detergent into the machine, and allow the clothes to wash. Do not place the clothes into the dryer.
Once you have finished washing, allow them to hang dry in the sun again and once they are dry remove and fold and put away or if you want to store them again allow some dryer sheets to be placed with the clothes to absorb the smell of mildew that might arise later on.
Mildew Smell in your Carpets
For the smell of mildew in your carpets, you will need to have combined a solution of water and bleach. Use one part bleach to ten parts of water and insert this solution into the reservoir for a carpet cleaner and allow to soak the area that contains the most smell for 15 minutes and then go over and allow the cleaner to be cleaned. The next step is just to allow the area to air dry by opening windows and doors.
Additional Mildew Removal Methods
The last step to remove the mildew smell from a kitchen or bathroom where the drain is the culprit you will want to pour baking soda down the drain and then follow behind with vinegar. The vinegar should once it hits the baking soda start to foam up.
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Once this has happened, allow the solution to sit overnight and in the morning rinse the solution with scolding hot water. This should remove the smell and the mildew, allowing for a cleaner bathroom or kitchen sink.
As you can see, there are several ways to get rid of the smell and to get rid of the mildew and if followed these steps can prove to be a promising way to get rid of mildew and smells and can be for next to nothing with most of the ingredients being found in our homes already.
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