Asked on Nov 12, 2019

How do you get rid of mildew and musty odors on wood furniture?

K. RuppKathy Gunter LawPeggy Burnette


4 answers
  • William
    on Nov 12, 2019

    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.

  • Peggy Burnette
    on Nov 12, 2019

    Hi this is Peggy. Sorry you have furniture that smells bad. Hope this will help. How to Get Musty Smells Out of Wooden Furniture

    1. Fill a bucket with white vinegar. Wet a clean cloth with the vinegar and wipe down your wooden furniture. ...
    2. Sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge. ...
    3. Rinse your sponge with warm water and wipe off the furniture to remove the baking soda. ...
    4. Bring your wood furniture outside, if possible, and place it in the sun.

    How to Get Musty Smells Out of Wooden Furniture | Hunker › how-to-get-musty-smells-out-of-wooden-furniture

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    on Nov 12, 2019

    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.

  • K. Rupp
    on Nov 15, 2019

    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!

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