Weird House Smell
April 10, 2014 10:12 AM Subscribe
There's a mysterious metallic smell in a bedroom in my house. What is it and how do I get rid of it?
posted by ariadne's threadspinner to Home & Garden (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
One of the bedrooms in my home has had a strange, nauseating smell in it for the past couple of months. The room smelled fine previous to this. It's very clean and is cleaned consistently, but it seems as if the smell is coming from somewhere deeper like inside of the walls rather than from bedding or any objects in the room, especially since it's not concentrated in any one area. It spreads out into the hall if you open the door, but stays contained in the room if the door is closed.
The room is on the second floor of a three-level house with a basement/garage and attic. It has two windows.
I have no idea how to go about tracking down what it could be.
The best way I can describe it is rotten, mildewy (like post-rain mildew) and sharply metallic. It doesn't respond to Febreeze or any kind of cleaning spray, or opening the windows to air it out. None of the other rooms in the house smell like this. I'm thinking maybe it's mold, but mold wouldn't smell like metal, would it?
Help is very much appreciated! It's grossing everybody out.