Older Home Has Musty Smelling Closets

I live in a very old brick farm house. Any ideas on how to get damp musty smell from out of closets?

By Joyce from Columbus, OH

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July 25, 20100 found this helpful

If you have already checked, and found that there are no leaks or moisture problems that require fixing, then try putting some charcoal in a plastic bowl or basket, and leaving it in the closets. Of course, if there is any carpeting inside the closets, you may want to remove that, just from the closets, as they will hold bad smells longer.

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July 29, 20100 found this helpful

Spray the closet with Lysol and leave the doors opened. You may have to leave the doors opened a long time. Actually in the winter I leave my closets open all the time in the bedrooms. It lets heat in and the closet never gets musty.

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July 29, 20100 found this helpful

Remove any wallpaper and wipe down all surface with a bleach solution. Air out for a few days.

Air out or wash any clothing that is stored in the closet.

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July 29, 20100 found this helpful

Old brick farmhouse usually means layers and layers of wallpaper that needs to come off. You need to create a vapor barrier between the brick and wall structure and also be careful on wall treatment.

Mold is most likely the source of your smell. When it finally turns on you, it is expensive. Check your state extension web site for info on that. Many states have provisions and rules on mold removal/disposal.

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July 29, 20100 found this helpful

Place some charcoal in the corners of the closet it will absorb odors and moisture.

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