Everything you need to know about how to treat the environments from which mold has been removed, and in particular how to eliminate the unpleasant odor.
Mold is one of the most annoying problems that arise in painting a house; it is mainly due to fungal microorganisms that take root in humid, poorly ventilated places and poorly exposed to sunlight. The annoyances are due to several reasons; to begin with, its spores represent a potential and dangerous threat to human health, then to the structural damage it is capable of inflicting on homes if nothing is done to counter it.
One of the most unpleasant aspects, however, is represented by the smell of mold which tends to permeate all the surfaces it touches and which, more often than not, continues to persist for a long time even after the stains are removed. The smell of mold is very particular and there is a specific adjective, coined by the ancient Romans, to indicate the objects and things that emit it: mucid .
This term derives from the word mucidus , which in turn has its roots in mucus , or mucus; everything that smells or smells of mold is called mucid, a word that encompasses many other adjectives, none of which pleasant: deep stale , impregnated, putrid, rotting, filthy and soggy. It is precisely for this reason that the smell of mold in the house is rightly frowned upon and hardly tolerated, as it is considered an indicator of a neglected and decaying environment, often unhealthy.
Where and why mold takes root
As previously mentioned, mold tends to form mainly in humid environments, such as basements and basements for example, but since humidity can also be generated by particular conditions, such as sudden changes in temperature, thermal bridges and vapors of the hot water, it can easily form even in places that normally should not be subject to this type of problem.
Poor exposure to sunlight is also a factor that contributes to the proliferation of fungal spores; the latter, moreover, are not limited to taking root only on wood and masonry surfaces, but can also thrive on fabrics, thus affecting sofas and curtains.
It can often happen to find mold on clothes in the closet , on paper and even on rubber surfaces, which reveals its ability to take root indiscriminately on different types of coverings, on books and even inside appliances such as washing machines, dryers, freezers. , air conditioners and refrigerators.
Mold can often appear in the most unexpected places, such as surfaces hidden behind wardrobes, under drawers or at the bottom of sofas; in these cases it is not possible to detect it until it is too late, as not being immediately visible its presence is betrayed only by the bad smell from the walls .
How to remove and prevent further mold growth
If mold forms in the room and visibly sticks to the walls, the first thing to do is a good anti-mold paint or, depending on the severity of the case, consider a whole sanitizing treatment aimed at removing stains, disinfect the surfaces of the walls with a biocide agent and then apply a breathable paint with an antibacterial component, in order to prevent the further reappearance of the stains.
But how do you get rid of the musty smell from clothes, sofas, furniture and appliances? Let’s proceed in order and see what are the possible remedies depending on the case.
Appliances and mold
Whenever you finish a washing or drying cycle, it is advisable to use a cloth to wipe the residual moisture from the seal and other accessible areas of the washing machine, and then remove and empty the condensate container in the case of the dryer; furthermore, it is preferable to leave the doors of these appliances open when not in use, so as not to allow the air to stagnate inside them.
Furthermore, it is necessary to periodically wash with specific products aimed at preventing the formation of limescale and mold; the same goes for refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and other appliances that produce hot and cold.
Furniture and containers
To eliminate the bad smell of mold from cabinets and drawers you must first remove all the contents from them and subject them to a thorough cleaning with water and bleach, or with specific anti-mold products. Once this is done, then, it is necessary to carefully examine their contents: clothes, papers or other objects, in order to check if mold has taken root on them and possibly proceed with their sanitization. Furthermore, before putting the contents back in place, it is a good idea to air the inside of the cabinets and drawers as much as possible.
To remove the odor instead, and prevent further mold formation, it is good to prepare bags containing sea salt or desiccant silicone crystals, both excellent for absorbing excess moisture, and cinnamon powder. The latter has a double purpose: the aroma of cinnamon helps eliminate the bad smell of mold, while the essential oils it contains perform an antibacterial action that prevents fungal spores from taking root again.
Natural remedies for general use
Changing the air in poorly ventilated rooms is a healthy habit that should be practiced regularly, not only in the bedrooms but also in wardrobes, containers, cupboards and appliances such as washing machines and dryers. Furthermore, every two or three months, it is advisable to clean the inside of the furniture with anti-mold products or with solutions of water, bicarbonate and lemon juice, or simply with water and bleach, in order to disinfect the surfaces and avoid potential proliferation. of spores and bacteria.
As for clothes, curtains, sofas, upholstery and fabrics in general, including wallpaper and upholstery, it is preferable to use specific products, such as detergents and disinfectants that can act in a targeted way against mold.
To remove the smell, on the other hand, just place bags containing coffee beans or powder, or cinnamon powder, or lavender pout-pourri and other perfumed essences, such as sandalwood, in strategic points of the house, in the wardrobes and in the drawers, and then change them periodically.