Use a 50/50 mix of vinegar and warm water. Vinegar kills mold spores. All else fails you can seal the odors in the wood.
How to Eliminate Odors in Wood
Your best hope for sealing in any odors is shellac. It makes an excellent barrier coat over all wood species, and it sticks to almost anything. Zinsser makes a great product for this purpose, called Bullseye SealCoat. It’s a clear dewaxed shellac that you can apply to those drawer interiors easily with a brush. It dries quickly and should help to diminish mice, mildew, musty, smoke, urine smell. And since it doesn’t contain wax, you can apply other finishes like lacquer or varnish over it — they’ll stick just fine. SealCoat is also handy to have around the shop as a general purpose wood finish and sanding sealer. So, I’m sure you’ll find other uses for what’s left of the quart you buy.
Hi this is Peggy. Sorry you have furniture that smells bad. Hope this will help. How to Get Musty Smells Out of Wooden Furniture
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Eliminate the source of moisture and dampness.
Place Damp Rid products throughout the space. I prefer the ones that are designed to hang in a closet over the buckets.
Clean everything with either white vinegar or Odo-Ban.
Newspaper, activated charcoal, and baking soda are also good at eliminating odor. However, Odo-Ban is my go to because I love the clean scent and it also disinfects.
Hi Mamaem, I wrote a blogpost on this exact thing. Here is my Hometalk post:
and here is my blogpost that has more details:
Hope it helps. The complete dresser makeover is linked in a final post! YES there was so much work I had to break it up into 2 blogposts;). Good luck!