I bought my house about two years ago. It's an older house, built around the 50's-60's. When I moved in I noticed it had a funky smell, like an "old house" type of smell. I hoped that by moving in and getting the AC going and putting a dehumidifier in the basement it would alleviate the odor.
Nope. It's better, but the smell is still there.
The reason I put this in the flooring section is I think most of the smell is trapped in the carpet and padding. The house sat empty for a couple of years before I bought it, and I think the carpeting got musty.
I can't afford new flooring yet, so should I pay to have the carpet cleaned? Or would that make the problem worse? I've heard steam cleaning can eventually make any mold or mildew issues worse.