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Getting a musty smell out of a wood cabinet
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Date: 8/1/13 9:50 AM

I bought a nice-looking little art deco style cabinet yesterday at an antique store, thinking I could use it for an end table and also for storing some of my crazy book overflow. It had a somewhat "grandma's cottage" smell, but I wasn't too concerned. I figured a few wipes of bleach should take care of it. It certainly wasn't expensive, but then I don't have money to waste, so this is still getting annoying...

I googled to find out recommended ways to remove musty smells, and found all sorts of recommendations -- wood soap, bleach, baking soda, sunlight, lemon oil... So I actually made a cleaning mixture of several of these ingredients and wiped it down thoroughly. It smelled a bit better (the mustiness seemed to be pretty much gone), so after it dried, I replaced the drawer and shelf and closed the cabinet door. I left it like that overnight. Mistake... this morning it reeks of all the stuff I wiped it with AND there's still kind of a musty smell to it. "Grandma's cottage" would have been way better than this.

I have it sitting out on the front porch and will move it into direct sunlight later when it gets warmer. I'm wondering now if I will have to give up on it.... Money spent on a lesson or something.

Any advice?

Thanks.

P.S. Never buy wooden furniture that has any kind of smell (other than just the smell of the wood)!


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Date: 8/1/13 10:05 AM

StuffIt with crumpled newspaper and leave it outside for a week. You may have to replace the newspaper a couple of times.

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In reply to Sharon1952

Date: 8/1/13 10:07 AM

Thanks! I'll try that! Would you leave the drawer and door open slightly, or close them?

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Date: 8/1/13 10:28 AM

bar of dove soap for a few days

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In reply to quiltingwolf

Date: 8/1/13 10:35 AM

Interesting! Any special reason it should be Dove?

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In reply to Vintage Joan

Date: 8/1/13 10:36 AM

I'm having the same problem with a dresser. It's at our river cottage and on the next trip there, I'm going to try the crumpled newspaper and see if that helps.
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In reply to Vintage Joan

Date: 8/1/13 11:12 AM

It just seems to work and it has a pleasant yet not overpowering smell. I got a used Bernina 1630 that had been in a smoker's home. It smelled awful. So I put a green plastic trash bag over it and with a bar of soap and in two days no smoke smell.

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Date: 8/1/13 11:14 AM

I used Safeguard soap in a featherweight case - it did a pretty good job of de-stinking it.

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Date: 8/1/13 11:16 AM

Put a small dish with coffee grounds inside the drawer for a few days. Worked for my sis.

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Date: 8/1/13 11:51 AM

This is a wonderful thread. I have an old radio cabinet that the insides had been removed. I was storing quilts in it and then found out the cabinet had an "off" smell and now my quilts have the same smell. Ugh! I will try the soap method first.

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