How to Remove Musty Smell in Room to Bring Back Fresh Air


Musty smell, one of the problems during the rainy season, often causes by moisture or poor ventilation, and it can affect our living and respiratory system. So, let's find the cause and eliminate it as soon as possible.


Causes of Musty Smell

Many factors can cause a musty smell. It commonly is the smell of fungi or bacteria in high moisture areas such as bathrooms, ceilings, and bedrooms. The other causes of the musty smell are here:

  1. Leakages of the indoor water system: water pipes in the walls or deteriorated tile grout in the bathroom
  2. Outdoor leakages: cracks, joints, screw holes in the roof, or even opened windows during the rain
  3. Air conditioner problems: leakages, clogged condensate drains, or a lack of cleaning for a long time
  4. Fabrics and woods such as curtains, doormats, furniture, or damp clothes




How to Remove Musty Smell in the Room

There are many ways to remove the musty smell you hate!  


1. Fix the areas with moisture problems


As we said, moisture is the common cause of the musty smell, so focusing on moisture areas may help to bring back fresh air.

Moisture from leaked water pipes in the walls

Answer This problem is recommended to fix by a professional technician because it is related to the structure and is quite a complex problem.

Moisture from deteriorated tile grout

Answer Deteriorated tile grout may allow water to penetrate beneath the tiles or tile adhesive. If the water cannot release, it will cause the growth of black fungi or bacteria, leading to a musty smell. So, you have to remove the old tile grout and replace it with the new tile grout.

Moisture from cracks in walls 

Answer It is recommended to fix it with fillers and sealants. For hairline cracks, it should apply high flexible primer or top coat to prevent further cracks. 

Moisture from leaked joints

Answer It is recommended to use sealant products for joints like window frame joints or cracks in frames.

Moisture from the lower edges 

Answer We should focus on water stains, blistering or peeling of the surface, or alkali patches that may be hidden in hard-to-see areas such as behind cabinets or the sofa. It is recommended to clean the affected surface and then apply a moisture-resistant product and a high-moisture-resistant primer before applying a top coat.




Note : It should be removed as much as possible for mold on the surface. Then, apply Beger MouldFree M-001, let it dry without washing, and apply following the paint system.



2. Open windows to ventilate air

Opening windows can help ventilate the room and reduce musty smells. However, during heavy rainfall with high moisture, choosing a time to open the windows when it is not raining is necessary to avoid rising dampness.


3. Use an air purifier or air freshener

Air purifiers or household electrical appliances (in some models) not only filter out dust but also unpleasant smells. They can help eliminate smells and improve air quality. For excessive dampness in the rooms, you can also use air fresheners. The advantage of these sprays is that you can choose fragrances according to your preferences.




4. Frequently clean your room

Cleanliness is a key that helps ensure a home is free from unpleasant smells, for example, avoiding storing damp or musty-smelling fabrics in closets, cleaning the kitchen and food waste, or regularly cleaning the bathroom.


5. Use an air-purifying paint for interior

Many people may not be aware that decorative paints can also help eliminate various smells, including musty smells, through air-purifying technology. For example, BegerShield AirFresh Anti-Virus Gold iON is based on Photocatalyst Technology that contains Nano Titanium. This technology is activated by light, whether it be sunlight or artificial light. It is then transformed into a large amount of charge in the air, trapping smells and harmful organic substances and creating a clean environment.


In addition, BegerShield AirFresh Anti-Virus Gold iON has benefits as an anti-pathogen for 10 types on the wall, leading to lower musty smells from this pathogen.

However, the most effective way to eliminate musty smells is to address the underlying cause. Beger hopes that these 5 recommended tips can help you restore fresh air as quickly as possible.

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