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How to get gross smells out of old furniture

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Actually, the better title might be, "How do you get the 'dead' smell out of furniture?
But don't call the cops on me; this question came from the cops, a CSI friend of mine.
She wrote: "You can imagine that crime scene investigators like me get interesting questions. However, tonight's, though forensically sound, is more appropriate for my Atta Girls. Neighbor: "How do you get the smell of 'dead' out of furniture?" Seems a 78-year-old, sentimental chest of drawers in her garage became home to a decaying critter without her immediate knowledge. She's tried Fabreeze and bleach, which not only didn't work, but also warped a thin, wood packing crate her father used to craft the piece. Any suggestions?"
I gave my pal some suggestions for getting the stench out of old furniture and thrift store finds, which you can read on my blog, Atta Girl Says. But I also wanted to post the query here at Hometalk.
What are your solutions for removing gross from furniture?
  • how to get gross smells out of old furniture, cleaning tips, garages, painted furniture
  • how to get gross smells out of old furniture, cleaning tips, garages, painted furniture
  • how to get gross smells out of old furniture, cleaning tips, garages, painted furniture
  • how to get gross smells out of old furniture, cleaning tips, garages, painted furniture

To see more: http://www.attagirlsays.com/2012/09/06/how-to-get-gross-smells-out-of-old-furniture/

Got a question about this project?

  • Jane Brenning
    Jane Brenning Grantham, NH

    clean it like the others said then put a couple coats of polyurethane on it.

  • Espie Tamayo
    Espie Tamayo Hurst, TX

    Some rolled up newspaper placed in drawers. Leave for at least a week. Also charcoal might work. Good luck.

  • Shirley
    Shirley Kingsland, TX

    On this note, I have a brand new (four months old) Lazyboy leather recliner that has smelled (leather smell) to high heaven.since purchase. I like the smell of leather, but this is too much. Vendor couldn't help. I really like the chair so didn't

  • Connie Phillips

    Nooo...don't ever give up on a quilt! There are several new products on the market that are amazing. I try to go the natural route first but I admit I have a "thing" for cleaning products. One product that I picked up at Winners recently is a spray

  • Schoolhouse35

    I bought a maple type hutch that was adorable but the smell was over the top. Someone told me to wash it with vodka and I did with some cheap vodka. It did help a lot and once I painted it was okay. Someone told me to take freshly cut grass and lay

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