Last week in my Q&As I had a question about getting rid of the smell that sometimes lingers inside of vintage furniture. I asked for advice from my readers and of course you came through!
Here are some of your clever ideas that I plan on using in the near future.
- I have found that washing smelly furniture all over with a sugar soap solution and then giving it a good airing normally works a treat 🙂
- Maybe wipe down with vinegar and let dry good – Shari
- I have put a bowl of charcoal in the drawers, which I’ve gotten at the pet store (fish tank filter). I’ve also used good old arm n hammer baking powder. I figured if it works in the fridge it’ll work in a drawer and it did! – Pia
- Once I got the advice to use cat litter against undesirable smells. It was an advice for smelly old suitcases, but maybe work for furniture, too. 🙂 – Angela
- After I do what you advised of airing it out…I use spray shellac about 2 coats . More if needed. But Ive only needed 2. It is wonderful!!! – Kashia
- I like to place a cotton ball dabbed with essential oil (usually peppermint) in the drawer to remove old smells. – Deb G
- Shellac will seal any odors out of drawers, I have sprayed it on outdoors when weather cooperated and brushed it on when indoors. Ventilate well if you are doing it indoors, but it dries really fast and the funky smells all go away. I have even sprayed the entire inside of the case of the chest with shellac to be sure to seal the odor, worked every time and pretty low labor investment.
- I would guess a poly sealer in matt finish would work also, maybe even the water based spray ones that are non-toxic. I never found airing it out or anything else to work long term, the smell always came back.
- I just finished getting the smell out of two pieces with smoke smell. First, I sprayed with vinegar, a great neutralizer, then liberally sprinkled coffee grounds(unused)and baking soda on all the flat surfaces. THEN, I washed with some borax and baking soda mixed with water. I repeated the entire process and dabbed with some orange oil. Now, they are good to go! Next time, I’m going right to the shellac as Kashia mentioned and save myself alot of time:) – Rebecca
You can probably guess which tip I’ll be trying first 🙂