Removing musty odor

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  1. roadless

    roadless Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I bought a great old painted chest for my entry that is musty.
    I cleaned it with a homemade vinegar/alcohol/ essential oil solution first.
    I then put a large bowl of baking soda inside it for a week, to no avail.
    Any suggestions ?
    I don't want to repaint as I like the look of it now.
     
  2. Teej

    Teej Well-Known Member

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    Wait for a warm sunny day and sit it outside. If it's a lid type chest have if facing so the sun is shining inside it, drawer type remove all drawers and sit them around so there's plenty of air space around them. Whatever was damp to cause the mustiness needs to get well dried.
     
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    roadless Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Oh I am definitely ready for a warm sunny day! :)
    Thanks for your suggestion !
     
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    Cabin Fever Life NRA Member since 1976 Supporter

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    You could rent an ozone generator and run it inside the chest for a while.

    We have a 150 yo immigrant's trunk that we use as a coffee table. I lined it with aromatic cedar siding. Now, it seconds as a storage chest for wool blankets.
     
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    roadless Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I never heard of an ozone generator. I'll have to check it out.
    My house is very small, I got the chest for storage and as a place to sit and take off shoes for the entry.
    Can't put anything in it yet though.
     
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    Ozone is the way to go. We have a large one and a small one we use in the treehouse to keep the varmits out. Ozone will kill any and all smells inc smoke. Be careful not to breathe it though. It also kills house plants and goldfish I found by mistake. It is safer than anything else though as it reverts back into 02 in 30 minutes. See it changes 02 into 03 and smells, etc just burn themselves up. It's also good to keep a cheap -fresh air machine- under a car hood when vehicle is stored to keep the mice out. They hate the smell.
     
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    roadless Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I'll have to see if I can rent one around here,
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