Lowe's sells a product called Natural Magic. It is in a round plastic jar
about 3" wide and 3" tall. It contains an odor absorbing gel. Stick one
inside the piece and leave it a few days. Costs about $4.
Thank you for the suggestions.
I will probably go with this suggestion, but I'm wondering whether the
smell would come back when the jar is removed. Sounds like it
eliminates the odor rather than the cause of the odor.
It does not eliminate the cause but furniture sets for long periods
accumulating odors. If it is new furniture the smell is probably off
gassing of the materials and finishes. This will eventually stop. Old
furniture sets for years accumulation odors. Either way, the odor absorbing
gel works very well but may need to be used now and again.
This is what you are looking for.
http://www.naturalmagic.com/gels.htm You can also order it from here
however Lowe's is about the cheapest place to buy the product and much
cheaper than direct.
Grey fuller's earth cat litter, and not scented. The expensive sorts
and the red clay sorts don't work.
Ball mill it before use (shake it in a bucket with a couple of rocks)
and spread it out thinly on baking trays or plates.
1. Wipe down the inside with Listerine or other such mouthwash. The thymol
will kill off any remaining mold and mildew.
2. Fresh air and sunlight.
3. Lastly, seal the inside with shellac followed by a very light sanding.
The shellac step may not be necessary depending on how successful you are
with the first two steps. The light sanding removes any roughness while
still keeping the wood sealed. Clothes will not snag on any rough wood.
Hi, thank you so much for the good advice. Can you answer the follow up
Should I use a liberal amount or just a damp cloth? I'm concerned that
the moisture will hurt the wood.
Is there a risk that the sun will dry the wood out and damage it? Does
it work if the sunlight passes through a window first? Also are you
talking about persistent exposure or just a couple of hours here and
A fairly damp cloth. You appear to be aware of the problem with what
might happen if it is too wet.
The sun will not dry out the wood as it is already quite dry and will
adapt to it surroundings. I suggest a ful day. Just be aware of the
possible bleaching effect if it is a dark wood or a darkening effect if it
is a light wood.
Do not use poly. It takes way too long to fully cure and will cause the
inside to smell of the solvents forever. Shellac is cheap, dries fast, and
is readily available at hardware stores.
At the upscale antique shop I worked at we would wash down the insides
of musty pieces with ammonia solution (maybe a cup per gallon,
sometimes straight up if it was bad). It worked well and the ammonia
would evaporate in a short while. The only piece it wouldn't work on
was an old pine server found in some barn. Inside we found the remains
of some raccoon dissolved into the boards. Nothing would get that smell
out and it took many many coats of chellac to seal it in. Hell knows
why the customer still wanted it.
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