Mildew doesn't care of your house is new or older. It can creep up on you and make your house smell musty and abandon. Basements seem to be one of the biggest problem areas in the home when it comes it mold and mildew. A basement can have the perfect environment for mildew due to it being dark and damp. Fortunately there are ways to beat the mildew and that musty smell! Believe it or not it's not even that difficult.
1) Clean Out The Basement
At first this may seem like a huge undertaking but once complete it's smooth sailing. Remove all furniture and carpets and place them outside to let them air out and dry in the sun. Sort thru all items. Items that have to be stored in the basement should be in plastic containers rather then cardboard boxes. Paper absorbs the musty odors worsening the mildew smell. Dispose of any old papers, rugs, newspapers etc. Wash all clothing, linens and other fabrics that have been stored. Fabrics will retain the damp musty odor if not laundered.
2) Clean The Floors and Walls
Once items have been removed you are able to properly clean the floor and walls. Mix equal parts of chlorine bleach and water. Mop the floor and spray then scrub the walls. Let sit ten minutes then rinse with cold water and let dry. It's a good idea to turn a fan on to help circulate the air to dry faster.
3) Check For Problem Areas
Now that everything is clean and dry you can check for cracks in walls and perspiring walls. If you find perspiring walls you can apply trisodium phosphate by scrubbing it on the walls. Let dry then apply a latex concrete sealer. If you find cracks in the walls you can apply some ready - made concrete that can be purchased in small amounts.
Be sure to place AirCare in your basement. Depending on the size of your basement will determine if you require the AirCare 10 lb pail or the Aircare 35 lb bucket. AirCare will effectively ward off mold and mildew odors from returning.