How to Remove a Musty Smell from Hardwood Floors

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Things You'll Need

  • Bucket

  • Water

  • White vinegar

  • Mop

Remove musty smells from hardwood floors with vinegar.

Musty smells typically develop on hardwood floors when too much moisture is present in a room, the room does not receive enough sunlight or when the room receives no ventilation. This makes the entire room smell unfresh, causing many people to choose not to spend time in that room. To prevent this situation from arising, clean the hardwood floors in a way that incorporates a disinfecting and deodorizing element. This mixture will remove mildew and kill bacteria, and can be used as your all-purpose wood floor cleaner.

Step 1

Mix a solution of 1 cup of white distilled vinegar and 1 gallon of warm water in a bucket.

Step 2

Place the mop into the bucket, pull it out slowly and squeeze as much excess moisture out of the mop as possible back into the bucket. You want to use little water when cleaning wood floors as too much can cause the wood to swell.

Step 3

Wipe the mop over your hardwood floor and dip it back into the bucket to collect new cleaning solution every minute or so, or as needed when the mop accumulates soil. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant that both kills bacteria and deodorizes.

Step 4

Let the floors air dry. No rinsing is required as the vinegar solution dries clear of film and haze.

Step 5

Repeat when needed to keep your hardwood floors smelling fresh.


Mel Frank

Mel Frank is a professional freelance writer with over 15 years of writing experience. She has completed a wide variety of writing assignments for a number of publications that include CNN and various websites. Frank received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from a prestigious university in Pennsylvania.