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How can I get rid of the damp village hall smell from the kitchen?

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PippaFawcett Sun 21-Aug-16 08:26:06

We have moved house and the kitchen smells very damp, it is worse under the sink. I have cleaned everything thoroughly, including under the kickboard, but it is the first thing I can smell when I come into the house.

The kitchen doesn't have a window but I have been opening the door and the other surrounding windows to get some air in and I boiled some lemons up for a while, but they just made it smell of lemsip. Help!

wowfudge Sun 21-Aug-16 08:41:17

You need to find the source of the damp and fix it. Is there a leak?

PippaFawcett Sun 21-Aug-16 08:48:50

There doesn't seem to be now, but possibly an old leak. We have got a plumber coming out next week to have a look and double check but it could just be that old, fusty smell that places have too.

bookbook Sun 21-Aug-16 08:53:08

Good that you are checking for leaks - is it worth buying some water absorbing crystals, just to make sure its not residual damp/lack of airing?
You can get them in most homeware stores - something like this

PippaFawcett Sun 21-Aug-16 08:56:12

Thanks bookbook, I have never heard of them, I will give them a try.

wowfudge Sun 21-Aug-16 18:12:56

If there's no window, is there an extractor fan or is the cooker hood vented outside? You're going to get issues with condensation otherwise.

plutoisnotaplanet Mon 22-Aug-16 16:03:45

Dehumidifier smile

J0kersSmile Mon 22-Aug-16 16:05:01

Dehumidifier running constantly.

PippaFawcett Mon 22-Aug-16 22:51:00

I have bought one of these: so I will give that a go to see if it helps.

The under the stairs cupboard stinks of smelly shoes as well. Yuck!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 22-Aug-16 22:56:56

No window in the kitchen? That sounds odd.

Bleach down plug and leave all night followed by at least 3 kettles of boiling water.

Wipe down all around the pipe work and under the sink with a bleach solution.

PippaFawcett Mon 22-Aug-16 23:02:35

It is odd, a weird extension has meant the kitchen no longer has a kitchen. We are hoping to remodel it in time but that could take years for us to save up.

I have done the bleach thing and wiped everything I can get to, and I have got a new scented candle on but I don't want to mask the smell, I want to eradicate it.

rollonthesummer Mon 22-Aug-16 23:04:27

It is odd, a weird extension has meant the kitchen no longer has a kitchen.

Isn't it just a room then? grin

DearMrDilkington Mon 22-Aug-16 23:05:54

Fill sink with zoflora over night. That stuff usually overpowers every smell possible!

PippaFawcett Mon 22-Aug-16 23:46:21

Ha! Moving related exhaustion must have kicked in. I meant window grin

user1471360194 Tue 23-Aug-16 12:44:24

To get rid of the damp smell i would give this humidy absorber a try. This should help get rid of the damp smell.


DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Tue 23-Aug-16 12:53:50

Never fails to amaze me how people don't read even the shortest of threads!

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