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If a property has experienced water damage and all repairs were taken care of, but the place still has a musty odour, it is most likely the result of mould. It thrives in damp, warm and dark places. To properly deodorize a home, the affected area will need to be dried and the mould properly removed.
Tips for removing mould-related odours:
If it is determined that the musty smell is not caused by mould, here are some tips to remove the odour from porous materials:
1. For carpets, a simple way to eliminate odour is to use baking soda, a natural deodorizer. When the carpet is dry, baking soda should be sprinkled on it and allowed to sit overnight. The next day, the baking soda can be removed with a vacuum cleaner.
2. On upholstery, white vinegar can help absorb the odour, by spritzing some on the upholstery using a spray bottle. The vinegar will air-dry after a while. The strong smell of vinegar, along with the musty odours, will be gone once it has dried.
When solving an odour problem is beyond the capabilities of the property owners, they should contact a restoration professional, such as PuroClean, right away.