the wife brought an oak dresser drawer with some type of wood lined draws. Well, the previous owers were smokers and she can’t get the smell out. Tried washing, vinegar but still there.
Does anyone on your forum know how to seal this? Local hardware suggested Kilz but she doesn’t want white but keep the wood look.
Thanks for any ideas
Edited 7/8/2006 3:40 pm ET by middleroad
Can't imagine they crawled into the drawers to puff up. Think you are smelling old dresser aroma. You'd have to coat the whole thing front back/inside out to maybe seal the old wood smell. Any clear coat should do. Make sure it's compatible with whatever finish is already on the view side.
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Use shellac--Kilz is just pigmented shellac.
I don't think you want to try to seal it in. Eventually it will get out. I'd try to neutralize it or get it out instead.
Option 1 (fast, effective, but does change the "character" of the dresser): matches and kerosene
Option 2 (slow, effective): Set the dresser outside somewhere where it's protected from rain, but open to the air. Sunshine is good. Then wait.
Option 3 (faster, effectiveness varies, can be used in combination with option 2): Ask at a pet store or furniture store for odor neutralizers; I doubt you can get anything that will be 100% effective.
Thanks for the replies.Well, smoke permeates everything unless thier leprechauns.Yea, burning won't please the wife.So, I'll try one of the other options.I know the Killz has worked great on urine stains on dryboard. Is it the shelac or the pigment in it that seals those odors?
Shellac is what you want. It goes over almost any old finish without a hassle. Zinsser SEAL-COTE is a CLEAR shellac, not orange. You can cut it up to 50% with denatured alcohol and still get good results.
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>> Option 2 (slow, effective): Set the dresser outside somewhere where it's
>> protected from rain, but open to the air. Sunshine is good. Then wait.Ditto that. Cheap and effective if you have the time.Option 4. Ozone generator in a closed space. I haven't done it myself, but I have heard good reports here at Breaktime.
You may want to try Atmosklear. It's a spray on liquid that removes odors, and it works pretty well on cigarette smoke. Unlike some of the other sprays that use perfume to cover up the odors, it has no smell of its own which I like. You may be able to find it in a store locally, or you can order it online. http://www.atmosklear.net/
If the people were heavy smokers then the smoke will permeate every single thing in a house.
I've had good luck with shellac on such problems. You can buff it down so that it doesnt look like it was dipped in shellac if you dont want/like that look.
I'd give it several coats, I think Sphere mentioned it, cut it by 50% on the first couple coats. Works well, drys fast, you can give it several coats in one day if it isnt as humid as midwest summer day.
Edited 7/8/2006 11:49 pm ET by DougU
Hey, thanks so much for all the input. My wife will be most pleased.
Buy or make up some sachets of red cedar sawdust and shavings
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Sams Club sells a liquid called Odo Ban. It's for neutralizing pet smells.You mix it with water and spray it on pet urine in carpeting to get rid of the smell. Some people swear by it and say it's the best thing around.Don't know if this will help or not but just thought I'd throw it in the mix.^^^^^^
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