Naturally Removing Left-Over Musty Odors After Water Damage Restoration

7 May 2018
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Once water has damaged an area of your home, you'll likely have to deal with the musty smell that is left behind. Even after the visible damage is gone, the smell of the damage could linger for weeks or even months. Here, you'll find some tips to help you eliminate that musty smell so that things smell as good as they look.


The team that came in and completed the water damage restoration work for you has already removed the damaged building materials, but the things that you've brought back into your house could be filling your home with that musty stink.

To get the smell out of the upholstered furniture, you'll have to drag it back outside on a sunny, dry day and set it out to completely dry. There is probably some moisture left deep in the fabric or cushions leading to the smell.

Get some heavy duty large trash bags and your vacuum. Place a couch cushion in a bag, stick a vacuum hose into the bag and twist the bag opening tight. Now, turn on the vacuum and suck the air out of the bag. Continue running the vacuum until all of the air is sucked out of the bag causing the cushion to flatten; this will help to pull the spores that are inside the cushion out and help improve the smell. Repeat this process a few times until things smell better.

Note: If you or anyone in your home has allergies to mold or mildew, it's important that you get rid of the furniture that has been damaged by the water. Allowing those pieces to stay in your home are just going to make life more difficult for the allergy sufferer.

Hard Surface Odor Removal

There are a few options for you to consider that will remove the musty smell from wood and concrete surfaces in your home.

Lemon Juice and Water – Add one cup of lemon juice to a gallon of water and scrub the surface. Not only will the mixture smell very nice, but the acid in the lemon juice will help to eliminate the mold spores left by the water damage.

White Vinegar – Add one cup of white vinegar to a gallon of water and scrub the surface; this mixture won't smell as nice, but it is very effective in the removal of odors. For areas that are severely impacted by the odor, the white vinegar can be used without diluting it.

Baking Soda – After you've scrubbed the area, spread a thin layer of baking soda over it. Allow it to sit for a day or two so that the baking soda can absorb the odors.

Talk with water damage restoration professionals like Service Master Restore  by Ocampo for more help in eliminating the remaining musty odors from your home.