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Odor In Wood Furniture - How To Eliminate It?

You think you’ve found that perfect dresser at a nearby garage sale. Once you’ve loaded it in the back of the pickup, you notice the odd smell coming from within. No problem, you think. You tell you rself that the odor  will probably dissipate over time. Don't be so sure.

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Proven Ways to Eliminate Odor from Wood

Once a funky smell gets ahold of your new wood furniture piece, it may not want to let go easily. Some odors can be very difficult to remove, dependent on how porous the wood is, what type of finish it has, and what the source of the odor is, of course.

However, there are some tried and true ways to eliminate moldy, mildew like smells from your otherwise impressive acquisition.

Remove the odor from your furniture with a solution of vinegar and water. This is an old school method that almost always works. Making the solution is simple. Your solution is made of equal parts water and white vinegar. Soak a clean rag and give the furniture’s surfaces a good wipe down. Then simply let it dry. A spray bottle can also be used to effectively apply the solution.

Some people like to alter the mixture a little bit by adding a small amount of olive oil to the mixture. This often works, but sometimes the smell can be stubborn. In that event

A commercial cleaner may be in order. Mom used Murphy’s Oil Soap for everything. And it nearly always worked. If vinegar doesn’t work, this is the way you want to go. Murphy’s makes a cleaner that is specifically formulated to clean wood. Just put a little bit on a clean rag and rub over the furniture once.

To eliminate smoke smells, try lemon oil. If you’ve spent any time in a household with smokers, then you know what can happen to the home’s furniture. The smell of cigarettes will permeate everything. You’ll need a powerful cleaner for this one. Lemon oil is a very effective tool for eliminating various smoke odors. If that doesn’t work…

Bleach and water should do the trick. Be sure to wear rubber protective gloves when handling this solution. Use a mixture of 10 parts water to every 1 part bleach. Soak a clean cloth in it and ring it out. Now wipe over the furniture surfaces and let air dry.

The Final Step: Visit Your Local Bassett Showroom

If you simply can’t get that bad smell out, you can always visit a Bassett showroom and purchase brand new furniture. Hand me downs are great but there’s nothing quite like the smell of a new dresser or nightstand. See one of our expert design consultant. We’ll work with you to find the perfect companion piece to your existing furniture – and it will have that new furniture smell!

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