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Old 06-28-2015, 06:56 PM   #1
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how do i get rid of the old-house smell?


i think when i looked at the house before i bought it, the previous owner must have used lysol or some kind of odor spray, so that i didn't smell anything.

obviously those spray is not going to last long at all. so how do i get rid or lessen the old-house smell?
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Old 06-28-2015, 07:19 PM   #2
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If it's just old house smell, a fresh coat of good quality paint on all walls and ceilings should do it. If it's a sewer or rotting smell, further investigation is needed. Just a suggestion.
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If it is humidity, drying out and maybe dehumidifier in the basement. Possibly tall overhanging trees and the house is always in shade.
If it is outside, compost or cleaning the yard.
Being young.
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A lot of it comes down to new paint and air circulation
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If it's just old house smell, a fresh coat of good quality paint on all walls and ceilings should do it. If it's a sewer or rotting smell, further investigation is needed. Just a suggestion.
how much is it going to cost for a 1300sf house?
so basically what this does is to cover the smell with smell of painting? because the smell most likely is not coming from the old painting..? (i dont think its a rotting smell.)
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If it is humidity, drying out and maybe dehumidifier in the basement. Possibly tall overhanging trees and the house is always in shade.
If it is outside, compost or cleaning the yard.
Being young.
the crawl space earth under the plastic cover is kind of wet..
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There is no such thing as old house smell. There are many types of odors from many sources that may be present in houses of any age. You are going to have to figure out what it is you are smelling and what it's source is before you can get rid of it.

Figuring out the crawlspace is wet is a good start. That can certainly cause odors.
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Carpets can hold on to odors. Stick your nose right into the carpet and smell.
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Carpets can hold on to odors. Stick your nose right into the carpet and smell.
nope, no carpet. its all hardwood.
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the crawl space earth under the plastic cover is kind of wet..
As I understand it, the dirt under the vinyl membrane in a crawl space stays kind of moist. Not sopping wet but moist due to water under the vapor membrane. Is your minimum 6 mm vinyl membrane in good shape wo rips or holes, does it cover the entire space, and is it up at least 6" onto the wall? Do you see mold when you crawl in? Does your crawl have standing water? It's rained a lot in the NE this summer.

If you can get your hands on a calibrated temp and humidity monitor, you can see what your dew point is in your crawl space. Here's a great link to an online dew point calculator: http://dpcalc.org . Then you can determine if your at risk for mold growth risk. I use one by Control Company, with remotes in the crawl(s). Think it was less than $100 for the main temp and humidity monitor and 2 remotes. Lets me see the main floor house humidity too. Good luck.
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Vinegar, put out big bowls of vinegar, it will help, plus open windows wash or toss drapes rugs etc, paint was a good idea, I use Febreeze and carpet fresh all the time. Essential oils like Orange Lemon or Lime will help too

Oh you know the new beads called " Unstoppable" I have used those in my mop water. I also use Fabuloso the green one with Pine Oil, the others stink IMO, but the green one works good. Also if you like Pine Sol the brand called Pine Ocean will smell up your house for 2 weeks it is 80 % pure pine oil. I love the stuff made by the Coffee Company in Shreveport La, its hard to find maybe you can find it online

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Get rid of damp, air the house as much as possible and fresh paint will work wonders. Pine oil is also a good idea.
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