05:19PM | 04/05/05
Member Since: 04/04/05
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I stored my luggage in the basement and now it has this terrible musty smell in it? Any suggestions on how to get it out?


10:34AM | 04/07/05
Member Since: 01/30/05
361 lifetime posts
Taking it outside and airing it out in the bright sunlight will kill that nasty mold/mildew and help to eliminate the smell.

It may require several days of this, and re-positioning it during the day, to expose all surfaces to bright intense sunlight and air; depending on where in the country you are and how much sun you have. Be sure to bring it in each night long before nightfall so as not to risk condensation as the air cools.

By the way mildew stained fabrics can often have their stains disappear (but can fade things obviously, the sun that is) by a few good SUN days hanging on a line, without using bleach (which weakens fabric fibers).

Jim D

11:57PM | 04/07/05
Member Since: 01/06/01
345 lifetime posts
Karen034 - hi, have you thought about using Febreeze along with the airing out? It shouldn't stain the luggage if it's soft-side, and it won't harm the hard-side stuff either. It's probably worth a try. Regards! Jim D/West Point, VA


08:00AM | 04/17/05
Member Since: 01/30/05
361 lifetime posts
Febreeze will just cover the odor, not kill the mold/mildew nor remove the actual "mustiness" just possibly overpower it with another scent or masking agent.

Bright intense UV from the sun will KILL most molds and mildew, and neutralize their spores (kind of like seeds for new mildew).


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