I just moved into a new apartment and the linen closet has this smell in it
which smells like Old Spice or something. Looking closely at the shelves,
I can see a few spots that look like something was spilled (these spots
smell the strongest.
What can I use to clean this?
Also, the unpainted wood doors have a bad odor...not sure why...can I use
furniture polish on them? They're the cheapie, light wood doors that have
a thin laminate? maybe...there not solid wood. They're not painted.
I always use apple cider vinegar for taking away smells. I have no idea if
the white vinegar works. Pour full strength apple cider vinegar into a
shallow bowl and place the bowl on the shelf. Leave for a few days. The
vinegar will absorb the odor. Replenish with new vinegar if the smell
won't go away. Do not use styrofoam/paper since the vinegar will soak thru
Use the vinegar full strength. When it dries the odour will go with
it. I spilled gasoline on the interior of my car seat last summer
when I was transporting a snow blower. The seat and floor carpet was
soaked with gasoline and nothing I tried could remove the odour -
until vinegar. I soaked the seat and floor carpet in it and left the
doors open to get the seat dry. The odour was gone too.
On Thu, 14 Sep 2006 03:05:10 GMT, Patrick Maloney
It wasn't the vinegar - it was leaving the doors open. The gasoline,
being very volatile, evaporated. The OP has a spill that might be
perfume or cologne, which has alcohol for a solvent. It can be gummy or
sticky when the alcohol evaporates, thus the suggestion to try alcohol
first to get it up.
and don't breathe too much of it. The odors are trapped in a closed
closet, so it might help just to open it up, open windows, run a fan.
The bare wood, if it has absorbed a lot of whatever smells, can be
sealed up with a clear finish of some sort.
I see you got a lot of good suggestions. If they work, good. If they do
not work, put a couple of coats of Bulls Eye shellac on the shelves and
interior. That will seal in the odor and make it easy to clean.
Can I just coat the shelves with this BE shellac and use as is? tia
A funny thing I read somewhere is that Bull's Eye shellac is approved for
ingestion (when dry) as a candy coating (look under
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