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Question DetailsAsked on 3/6/2014

Will painting over old cabinets get rid of some of the bad old musty home odor?

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IF dirty enough to make for a musty odor, then paint won't stick to them properly anyway. Paint is not your solution - you probably need a Deep Cleaning.

Try to pin down what types of smell it is - if damp, mildewy; rotten food; or musty fabric - will help guide you to the source maybe.

Another thing to do is keep all doors closed for a full day when outside temp is such that furnace and A/C can be turned off - then walk around the house, sniffing - preferably with 2 people - and see if one room is the major contributor. I have played this game, and found all the following as sources of musty smells:

1) linen in a closet without ventilation going slightly mildewy
2) water leak in walls or floors enough to cause mold but not drywall staining or visible water
3) carpets needing cleaning
4) water leak in bath or kitchen leaking under floor, causing mold there which is not pronounced in smell because under the flooring
5) attic mildew/mold from leaks or moisture condensation on insulation/wood
6) moldy plants outside - left in garden/flower bed in fall, so rotted in winter/spring
7) clothes in closets touching outside wall, so in very cold weather acted as insulator and let freezing front come to inside of wall, causing frost and moisture to buildup there from the inside moisture, eventually causing mildew/mold (same process as condensation/ice on inside of windows with curtains over them)
8) failure to clean behind kitchen appliances and under sink, or under washer/dryer/dishwasher at least when repaired or changed out
9) heavy lint accumulation in bathroom fan going mildewy
10) grease trap in kitchen exhaust fan never cleaned
11) washing machine going moldy - run a cycle of towels or such with bleach and Borax
12) the number one cause I have found - clothes stacked in closets or hope chests or such for decades get very musty even if clean and ventilated

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


Probably not.

Do they have contact paper in them and what is the condition?

A good cleaning will probably have more impact than cleaning.

Answered 6 years ago by Davidhughes

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