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.
I would start by wiping it all down with alcohol .. ventilate the room
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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