My thrifted dish cabinet smelled of a musty old house and worst of all cigarettes.
It was stained with nicotine inside and out.
Dawn soap, white vinegar, and coffee grounds
ODOR REMOVAL FROM OLD FURNITURE
- Clean entire surface of wood with warm water and Dawn soap. Dawn is an excellent degreaser.
- Go over entire surface of wood with warm water and vinegar. This may need to be done multiple times.
- Place used coffee grounds in containers inside furniture in multiple places. Change coffee grounds frequently. The grounds absorb odors.
Charcoal briquets could be used in place of coffee grounds.
A reader of this blog also suggested crumpled up newspaper inside the cabinets.
The back wall of the piece is particle board.
and therefore almost impossible to wipe down.
Because of this I only removed about 75% of the odor but that is still a vast improvement.
I could replace that board and remove a lot of odor.
On a fine solid wood antique this process would be more effective.
It is almost impossible to remove mold and mildew odors from furniture.
I do not buy furniture that smells like mildew or that has water stains.
The English roses I am allowing to dry inside the cabinet are leaving a lovely natural rose scent.
So dry some scented flowers inside your malodorous furniture too.
joy and peace