A log cabin means a lot more than just a wooden home to many of us out there. The feel of living in one is very different from the average house that we all live in. It makes us feel closer to nature. Just as glass and metal create a contemporary or modern setting, logs and heavy timber produce a unique environment that soothes the soul. But the structure is highly sensitive to fungal growth which is not a commonplace in masonry or masonry structures. In order to get rid of those musty log cabins, here are some instructions.
To start with, make sure that proper air circulation is present. Keep the windows open for the exchange of air to take place. If the cycle of air exchange is blocked, the air becomes stagnant hence the bad odor. This simple step alone could rid you of the problem to a good extent.
A high level of humidity in the air greatly supports the musty smell. To reduce the level of humidity, run a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier can be installed in your home to decrease the level of humidity in the air. The normal humidity level indoors is somewhat 50%. Higher levels of humidity, in general, are dangerous in many other ways like encouraging Dust mite populations escalate causing problems for allergy sufferers and Condensation in electric items which may cause damage beyond repair. For effective use of the dehumidifier, proper usage of it must be carried out.
If you want to try something inexpensive that works well to get rid of foul odors in wood, place a bowl of baking soda in the corner of each room. It is a natural odor remover, and it will effectively remove musty smells. You will find baking soda in large boxes that are meant for cleaning and deodorizing large areas, and you will be surprised by how cheap it is compared to other odor removal options.
Continuing with items that are available in the kitchen, vinegar and lemon juice are your next options. Both vinegar and lemon juice are acidic substances. Any smell causing organisms that are present in the air would be killed due to constant contact. Fill several small bowls with one of the two and place them randomly in different rooms. In case of lemon juice, do mix water with it. The same can be done with ground coffee.
It might surprise you but kitty litter can be of great help when it comes to musty odor. Kitty litter is a natural and effective odor neutralizer. Put kitty litter in open containers and place one container in each room. Change every twelve hours. Do the same for two to three days and you have an odor free log cabin.
Check the drainage. Condensation in pipes often leads to dripping which creates a foul smell. Also ensure that there are no leakages. The smell does not really appear from the water droplets, but from the molds and fungi that grow out of the puddles formed by the leaks. When these critters grow in number, they can generate a pretty strong odor. They can even spread to other regions of your home, which strengthens the musty scent.
Many commercial cleansers are good for neutralizing odors. Check them out a local store as they should be readily and easily available. It would be alright to spend a little more on a known brand than spend a small amount on an unknown brand that will hardly work. A five dollar investment is better than three two dollar ones.
Seek out professional cleaners for hard to reach areas and musty smells that have not gone away even after much struggle. These people have the right tools to remove fungi and clean any area of your home. They may charge fees for their services but you surely would not trouble yourself with nasty home odors when they're done. Remember, some of the best things in life are not free.
If you are successful in getting rid of the musty smell, which you should be, make an effort in keeping your log cabin clean. General cleaning of the place goes a long way and should keep your place odor-free for good. An unclean home, even after going through a comprehensive odor-removing procedure, will always be susceptible to odors.
A visit to your home will not be a comfortable experience if your home has offensive odors, nor will you enjoy living in your own foul- smelling space. Follow these suggestions for eliminating odors. Leave the scented candles for a romantic dinner.