Eliminating “This Old House” Smell
Remember the smell when you visited your grandma’s old house? If there was a candle scented ‘old house smell’, you’d better believe no one would buy it, and you certainly don’t want your house, no matter how old it is, to smell like that.
Plenty of people live in old houses, valued for their unique beauty in this modern era. But if they aren’t kept up properly, old houses can suffer from the smells of rotting wood, dampness, pet odors, and more.
There are many ways to remove old house odor, mostly depending on the source of the odor.
Heating and air conditioning vents in an old house can be a source of odors if they haven’t been cleaned out in a while. It’s a good idea to get them routinely cleaned, anyway, as they are a source of dust and other allergens.
Moisture in wood due to aging or unfixed leaks leaves that damp smell associated with old houses, and can also cause basement odor, especially noticeable in the fall and spring. Use baking soda to remove mild dampness from all surfaces, and plug in a dehumidifier to suck excess moisture out of the air during more humid times of year.
Of course it is also a good idea to repair roof leaks and leaky pipes, a source of moisture-related odors, to avoid continued problems. Leak damage is hard to fix, and may require the removal of damaged wood and insulation.
Old carpet is a harbinger of bad things, including smoke smell, pet odors, etc. If you don’t want to rip it up, try shampooing it thoroughly, but be sure it gets dried out completely.
The basement of a house, and basement odor, is often the biggest source of old house smells. Sealing off any leaks and utilizing moisture-reducing insulation for your pipes and walls may help remove old house odor.
Even the walls of your old house may be holding in bad smells, such as cigarette smoke. Sometimes a good scrub will do the job, but sometimes it won’t. Removing old wallpaper and re-painting walls and other surfaces is a great way to eliminate these smells as well as improve its appearance.
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