Here in the Deep South where it can get to 103 degrees easily in the summer these old pieces of vintage luggage can get quite musty stored in attics, garages, and basements.
I pick up pieces like these frequently at estate and garage sales.
In my last blog I was not clear on what I do to remove this musty smell.
Some of you thought the aluminum suitcase I had shown had been used as a cat litter box.
That was my lack of clarity.
I would never sell something that was used as a litter box.
Cleaning A Vintage Suitcase
- Remove any debris from inside the suitcase.
- Layer two pounds of new cat litter inside the case.
- Let the litter sit for 48 hours.
- Remove litter and vacuum the suitcase.
- Lightly wipe suitcase with multi-purpose cleaner.
- Clean the outside with bees wax furniture polish or your favorite polish.
- Do not go for perfection on the outside cleaning-patina is good.
The cat litter removes the musty mildew odor from our hot climate very well.
I have tried baking soda and it does not work as well.
I had a photo helper today.
Gremmie loves window gazing like I love vintage suitcases.
joy and peace