Throw Open The Windows
The first thing you must do is to throw open the windows and air out the room. Do this often to prevent the air from getting stale.
Check Your Walls
“If a room smells musty, there’s probably mould growing on the surface,” says Bernard Tan of Akzo Nobel, which manufactures Dulux paint. Check your walls for leaks, or maybe an opening that’s allowing rain to trickle in. Rainwater can seep in through the walls too!
If you don’t like strong smelling air fresheners, place pieces of black charcoal around the room to deodorise the air and reduce dampness, advises Militza Maury of Little Green Dot, an eco-friendly living blog. Or, you could make your own all-natural room spray with essential oils (get recipes from www.tinyurl.com/naturalspray).
Repaint The Walls
If you’re clearing out the room for someone to move in, give it a fresh coat of paint to visually brighten it up. “Consider using Dulux Fungicidal Wash to remove the mould on the wall before painting,” says Bernard.
Text: Rebeckka Wong, Home & Décor, July 2014 / Additional reporting: Sylvia Ong