I have been searching for months to find just the right desk for my office. I finally stumbled upon one on Craigslist this weekend, It was the right look, right price, everything was perfect except one thing.
It came from a smokers house. As any experienced thrifter knows, getting the smell of old cigarettes out of wood furniture is a CHALLENGE. I even reconsidered the purchase but I am pretty desperate for a desk at the moment. However I did ask her for a lower price because of it and she agreed. Score!
I have experimented with many different techniques in the past and this is what I have come up with, it is a combination of several methods, and it works better than anything else I have tried.
Start by mixing together 1 TBS of Basic G, 1 TBS of Basic H, and warm water. Dip your fine steel wool in the soapy water and go over the ENTIRE piece. Not only does the smell get into the wood but the nicotine forms a film on every surface it touches. In order to even begin to get rid of the smell you have to get it off.
After the wood has dried dampen a rag with white vinegar and wipe down the ENTIRE piece. Vinegar is a natural deodorizer.
Next put 3 TBS of baking soda on a towel in each drawer. Close the drawers and let sit for several days. The baking soda will start to absorb the remaining odor.
And for the final touch grab some Arm & Hammer Munchkin baking soda and lavender diaper pail disks. Wrap them up in some left over fabric and tie them up.
Add a cute little sachet to each drawer. The baking soda will continue to absorb any remaining odor and the lavender adds a great spring smell.
Also any surface that you paint or seal will not smell anymore.
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