Microbes including mold, mildew and bacteria cause the musty smell in your house. Home cleaning helps, but microbes regrow on surfaces with indoor humidity. Superstratum uses smart polymers and antimicrobials to resist moisture and prevent microbes. Learn how to use Superstratum as a mold prevention spray, upholstery cleaner and odor eliminator to remove musty smells indoors.
The Truth About Musty Smells In The House
An old musty smell in the house lingering in your basement, garage, or vehicle is both familiar and formidable. You may have become so used to the odor that it’s become nostalgic, and don’t even remember how it started.
If you love this musty and moldy smell being caused by microbes in your home, then this article isn’t for you. Our goal is to address the root of the problem and alleviate the musty smell in the house for good.
A stubborn musty smell in the house is evidence of microbial growth. Modern construction and houses can be the perfect environment for mold, mildew, and bacteria to thrive.
Up to 90% of homes with musty odors have mold inside. Since microbes are often hard to detect, the musty smell in the house can be an easy method to identify unwanted growth.
Microbes grow so quickly and continuously that their presence and odor are a given in many buildings. It is estimated that around 45 million buildings in the United States have unhealthy levels of mold.
The main contributors to microbial growth indoors are:
- Water – Humidity, moisture, leaks
- Food – Organic debris, dusts and messes
- Air Quality – No airflow, pollution
- Lighting – Dark spaces, lack of UV light
Water and food are the primary contributors. Air quality and lighting can have effects that inhibit or intensify microbial growth. All four contributors need to be kept in mind to remove mold and microbes that cause musty smells.
It is no surprise that many of us choose to ignore microbes rather than confront this prolific adversary. If you feel overwhelmed trying to prevent indoor microbes, you are not alone.
You are busy. Maintaining a healthy household requires a lot of time, work and money. You must protect your indoor living spaces because musty odor is the least of our worries regarding microbes. A departure from home cleaning alone is necessary. Protection against the causes of smells is the answer.
Why So Musty? Indoor Humidity
The most important factor for indoor microbial growth is humidity. Excess humidity is the absolute kiss of death when it comes to microbial contamination and a building’s integrity. Once indoor humidity levels reach 55%, or higher, mold and mildew will grow. Remember: where there’s moisture, there’s mold.
Indoor humidity control has become increasingly tricky. Basements are a usual location of and casualty to moisture. According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, at least 60% of basements have problems with humidity or water damage. Almost 40% of basements report mold and fungus growth as a result. Because basements lack sufficient airflow and natural light to remove moisture, they are Petri dishes for mold and mildew. This is why a musty smell indoors often originates in the basement.
Mold grows within a mere 48 hours of water damage, and removal requires intense efforts and cash. Microbes quickly collect and spread on any surface: furniture, carpets, walls, ceilings, floors, appliances – you name it. If your property has frequent rain, high humidity, or water damage, you should assume that mold and musty smells are not far.
Mold contamination can lower the value of property and assets and prevent your ability to rent or sell them. Mold remediation services can range from a few thousand dollars to a 5-figures per bill. So it is in your best interest to protect your indoor spaces from moisture.
Constant Home Cleaning is Never Enough
The standard way to prevent microbes is constant home cleaning. Yet, despite your best home cleaning efforts the musty smell inside may never be entirely gone. The smell remains because cleaning does nothing to stop microbes from growing, while antimicrobials clean, they do not protect surfaces for being hot beds for microbial growth. As counterintuitive as it is, home cleaning largely ignores the importance of a genuinely healthy house.
Furthermore, mold, mildew, and industrial chemicals have something terrible in common – they all release VOCs or volatile organic compounds. According to the EPA, VOCs are 2-5x more common and more toxic indoors than outdoors. VOCs are found in countless household products, including cleaners and disinfectants. Additionally, chemical cleaners can leave toxic residue on your “clean” surfaces. These compounds are known to produce adverse health effects, so be aware of what you clean with, so you are not unknowingly swapping one VOC for another.
Beyond toxicity, standard antimicrobial cleaners are frankly – unintelligent. Shortly after antimicrobials are applied to surfaces, they become inactive, unable to fight off new microbes. They wash away at the first sign of moisture or abrasion. With as little as 10% air humidity, your antimicrobial cleaners and protectants are rendered obsolete, even products that make bold claims on their labels.
Here is a laundry list of things you need to do to prevent the musty smell in your house.
- Find the source of the excess indoor water, moisture, or humidity.
- Fix and repair any water damage, leaks or areas that collect moisture
- Clean the water or moisture damaged surfaces thoroughly.
- Any mold found indoors needs to be removed. Any mold removal requires safety and protective equipment such as masks, eyewear gloves and suits. Professional mold remediation services are usually recommended for mold removal.
- Clean the entire building inside. Clean every surface and item to remove mold and microbes and their ‘food’ on surfaces.
- Control indoor humidity levels. The goal is 55% humidity or lower. Use a dehumidifier or make sure rooms are well-ventilated with fans.
- Create sufficient lighting and airflow in generally dark and tight spaces. Areas such as closets, behind furniture, and covered walls.
- Apply a mold prevention spray over the surface. This is the most important step in preventing musty smells indoors.
Considering microbes grow the most in wet environments, a product’s ability to resist water is essential. Standard home cleaning and commercial cleaners fail to provide leverage over odor-causing microbes. To get that musty smell out of the house for good, you need more intelligent technology.
A Superior Mold Prevention Spray to the Rescue
Finally, there is a mold prevention spray as dynamic as you. Superstratum does more than clean surfaces. By harnessing ‘smart polymers’, Superstratum provides adaptable and lasting protection against microbes.
Smart polymer technology protects any surface in any environment to withstand and respond to elements like water, humidity, abrasion, and more.
Unlike standard cleaners, water or moisture activate the smart polymers in Superstratum. When smart polymers detect moisture, the acrylic layer opens and unleashes potent antimicrobials to inhibit odor-causing microbes.
Due to the responsive nature of smart polymers, the antimicrobials in Superstratum are protected from abrasion and water and only utilized when microbes are present. Superstratum coats your surfaces with an invisible barrier of protection for six months on highly trafficked areas. On less exposed surfaces, Superstratum can last between one to five years.
By pairing EPA-registered antimicrobials with smart polymers, Superstratum introduces a superior solution to cleaning. Smart polymer technology does the work for you without any scrubbing or washing. Controlling the source of indoor musty smells is made easy!
When you hop off the hamster wheel of cleaning, you’ll save time and money. Superstratum will have you wondering why you were constantly cleaning instead of protecting yourself.
Superstratum protects any surface you need to shield from microbes and odors. Say goodbye to the musty smell in your home!
These areas are often the source of musty smell in the house:
Furniture & Upholstery
Carpets & Rugs
Air Conditioners & HVAC
You can protect these common areas against odor-causing mold and mildew with Superstratum!
Upholstery Cleaner Protection
Your furniture and upholstery are no strangers to musty odors and microbes. To clean furniture and fabric upholstery effectively is tedious and expensive. The standard upholstery cleaner is not a solution for preventing future microbial growth.
Using Superstratum is simple compared to older cleaning methods. Just spray to cover your furniture and upholstery and allow it to dry. Your effort ends, and ‘smart polymers’ provide superior protection against mold, mildew, and smells on your furniture.
Lasting Carpet Odor Eliminator
Rugs and carpets are collection banks for ambient pollution such as dust, mold spores, and bacteria. When moisture enters the scene, especially with wall-to-wall carpets, high levels of microbes can accumulate. Not long after, that musty smell rears its ugly head. Since Superstratum stops microbial growth at the source, it works as the perfect carpet odor eliminator.
Smart polymers embed deep into carpet fibers and create a strong network of defense against the growth of odor-causing mold and other microbes.
You’ll never worry about protecting your carpet from the microbes that cause stains and smells. Once Superstratum is sprayed and dried on a carpet or rug, the work is done. You can relax, knowing that moisture and microbes no longer threaten the health of your home.
An Actual Car Odor Eliminator Solution
Most car air fresheners mask a smell rather than eliminate nasty odors at their source.
Car interiors are made out of the stuff mold loves – upholstery, enclosed space, dust, pollution, and warmth. Protection against microbes inside your vehicle is essential for both your nose and your overall health.
Superstratum is the superior solution for protecting the inside of your ride. By creating a long-lasting antimicrobial barrier on surfaces and fabrics, Superstratum ensures a microbe-free car interior. So you can provide safe transport of all the precious cargo you cherish most.
Powerful HVAC Mold Inhibitor
Spores are the ‘reproductive parts’ of mold and mildew. Mold spores are microscopic and abundant in most environments. If you see mold, millions of spores have already embedded themselves into your home. HVAC air filters are not designed to remove air pollutants of that size.
HVAC and air conditioning units that collect excess moisture become habitats for mold and microbes. Left untreated, your HVAC circulates contaminated air causing a musty smell throughout your home.
You can maintain your HVAC safely without breaking the bank. Superstratum is safe and does not diffuse any noxious airborne material used on HVAC filters, AC units, and air ducts. As an HVAC mold inhibitor, Superstratum requires no hands-on cleaning.
You can eliminate that musty smell in the house once and for all. Preventing microbes indoors is essential to prevent musty smells and odors, and it has never been easier. You’ll marvel at how safe you feel at home with Superstratum. Enjoy smarter protection against microbes.