How to get a smell out of a dresser?


So i got this dresser for free for my daughter we do not smell . But when outside before we brought in the dresser the cats around here was attracted to it. Now that we brought inside my dog that has not been intereasted in my daughters room is obessed with it. Side note my daughter has cat..

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  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Oct 12, 2021

    Hi Tiffany, try sprinkling the inside of the dresser with borax or baking powder and leave for a few days. It normally removes the smell

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 12, 2021

    Take it outside and thoroughly scrub it - inside and out with a soapy disinfectant mix. (You can buy Floral Disinfectant). Then if that doesn't work spray it with Febreze . Best wishes.

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Oct 12, 2021

    Try putting baking soda in it to soak up odors

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Oct 12, 2021

    I would try spraying essential oil spray into the drawers or use a scented drawer liner.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Oct 12, 2021

    Sounds like the dresser was "marked" by a cat. To detect where kitty let loose, use a black light.

    Try scrubbing it out with vinegar water (50/50) and let dry. Be careful to not saturate it, that will pull the grain out of the wood and create more problems such as warping. The scent has probably absorbed into the surface.

    If cleaning and airing do not work, you could seal it with Kilz, polyurethane, or shellac.

    If you choose not to paint, just leave it sealed as is. If you are going to paint, the Kilz will leave a strong white background on distressed areas, so, you'd have to tint the Kilz before painting.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Oct 12, 2021

    Clean thoroughly with OdoBan. Activated charcoal (not the kind with lighter fluid) placed inside the drawers if smell lingers. If all else fails, seal with a primer like original Kilz and paint.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Oct 12, 2021

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  • William William on Oct 12, 2021

    If all else fails you can seal the odor 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.

  • Mogie Mogie on Oct 12, 2021

    I have had good luck with a product called Pet Zyme. It breaks down the chemical properties of cat pee and leave a fresh clean scent.

  • Em Em on Oct 12, 2021

    If the cat has sprayed on it and it has soaked into the wood the only thing that works at all is an enzyme eater from the pet shops. If the drawers stink take them out, wash them well and let sit in the sun for a day.

  • Is the dresser wood? I would try and clean it as best as possible and then you could put some bowls of baking powder in the drawers for several days to deodorize them.

  • Maura White Maura White on Oct 13, 2021

    is there an odor on it that you can smell that is bothering you? Is it making your cat pee on it? If not, then leave it alone and the animals will adjust/ignore it after awhile.

  • Betsy Betsy on Oct 13, 2021

    Hi Tiffany: Seems like you got 'tagged' by some punk cats! :) What you need is an enzyme eater, like Odormute or some similar product that has an enzyme eater in it. What they do is kill the pee smell. You may not smell it, but your pets do and may try to cover it up with their own scent. Most pet stores sell these products. You may have to apply it a couple of times.

    Good luck